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  posted on 12/19/2008 at 09:34 PM
On August 1, 1971 George Harrison, plus many other musicians such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Badfinger, Jesse Ed Davis, etc. joined together on the stage of Madison Square Garden to perform two concerts. The proceeds of the two concerts went to support the people Bangla Desh, who were the victims of civil war, poverty and starvation. Ravi Shankar asked George to help, and within days, he organized the event, and rounded up a whole group of artists that were also willing to help. All the musicians played for free, and the proceeds (from ticket sales, and record and movie sales) was given to UNICEF. However, due to red tape, a lot of money never actually made it to the people of Bangla Desh. Nevertheless, the concert can be seen as rock music's first humanitarian venture.

George and company performed two shows at the Garden (a matinee and an evening show) which featured many classic moments. Probably the most spectacular onstage moment was Bob Dylan's surprise performance of five of his songs. The entire evening show was filmed and recorded. The result was the triple-LP box set and the movie THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH.

Here are some of the great performances that took place on that historic night in 1971:

George and Eric's guitar duet "While My guitar Gently Weeps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qpfGVUd8c

Billy Preston "That's The Way God Planned It"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyetXvX76Q

Leon Russell "Jumping Jack Flash/Youngblood"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce_Z9NuwVBY

Bob Dylan "Blowin' In The Wind"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4nPJ-YYHBc

Bob Dylan "Just Like A Woman"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQW-Xay5g7k

George Harrison's Press Conference
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwSuJAqQwiM


[Edited on 12/20/2008 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 01:17 AM
Billy Preston "That's The Way God Planned It"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyyetXvX76Q

This is probably my favorite musical performance ever caught on film. I miss Billy.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 01:34 PM
And of course, as is the way when the proverbial dollar comes around, it turned into a fiasco with the proceeds, or most of them anyway, never reaching Bangla Desh & the whole thing becoming a big hassle & going to court etc etc, IIRC

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 09:02 PM
wow,kinda weird to see this in the playpen.

 

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  posted on 12/20/2008 at 10:19 PM
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wow,kinda weird to see this in the playpen.


This is the "Play" pen.........
This is where you can "Play" your favorite videos. Just click "Play" and see George & RIngo and the others in action!!

[Edited on 12/21/2008 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 12/22/2008 at 11:37 AM
Agree with you Hugh - surprised to see this in the Playpen but Barry - I see where you are coming from.

Concert for Bangla Desh is one of my all time favorites! Bless George Harrison - he set the stage for philanthropy through music with this one.

 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 06:55 PM
It was always odd to me the way George introduced"Your friend and mine Eric Clapton" and then quickly added "I meant it." Knowing what I know now about Pattie/Layla it makes sense.
 

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  posted on 12/23/2008 at 08:00 PM
have you read Clapton's book? Even more interesting to me was to read about the shape Clapton was in at this show.....

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 10:54 AM
I just finished reading geoff emericks book (he was the Beatles recording engineer) when he stated many times that George had a difficult time in the studio coming up with and executing his guitar parts-one inclident was when paul was so frustrated with George trying to compose a solo in Taxman that paul did it for him!!!

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 11:03 AM
A great concert. One thing that struck me is just how much Ringo plays hit butt off on that show.
 

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  posted on 1/1/2009 at 12:59 PM
I was fortunate to go to the afternoon performance of that show. I was in the Navy at the time, close to my discharge date and my friend called me and asked me if I was gonna be home that weekend because he had a ticket for me.

What a Concerrt

 

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  posted on 1/13/2009 at 12:22 PM
ravi is a giver

 

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