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My Sweet Lord, co-written by George Harrison and Billy Preston in 1969, was initially published as a single the following year by former Beatles only in the United States and not in England, in order not to affect the sales of the album that contained it (choice made by other ex-Beatles), then as a result of strong sales he had second thoughts and the incredible success of public brought the track at the top of the charts in both countries (first time for a Liverpool most famous quartet member ).
The main theme is a famous Hindu Vaishnava mantra connected with the cult, known as Hare Krishna and embraced in those years by the same Harrison.
Initially, the song took him a lot of pleasure about the worldwide success found, but a few months later, because of the similarity with “He’s So Fine”, song of the Chiffons dated 1963, he was accused of plagiarism and sentenced by federal court of the United States for copying “unconsciously”. Harrison was forced to give up almost entirely to the proceeds obtained from the single and also those related to the album that “All Things Must Pass.”
The former Beatle returned to the issue subsequently the purchase of Bright Music (the record company that sued Harrison) by his former manager Allen Klein. In 1976 he wrote the track “This Song” that contains a verse that says “This tune has nothing bright about it “, obviously playing on the double meaning attached to the word “bright”.