On this day in music history: January 2, 1971 – “All Things Must Pass” by George Harrison hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 7 weeks. Produced by George Harrison and Phil Spector, it is recorded at Friar Park Studios in Henley On The Thames, UK, Abbey Road Studios, Apple Studios and Trident Studios in London from May – October 1970. Following the official break up of The Beatles in April, Harrison begins work on his third solo project. Including songs that he has been stockpiling as far back as 1966, the guitarist enlists the assistance of producer Phil Spector having recently compiled and post produced the final Beatles album “Let It Be” and John Lennon’s single “Instant Karma”. The twenty-three track triple LP boxed set includes appearances by numerous musicians including Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Badfinger, Dave Mason and Ginger Baker. The album also comes packaged with a poster of Harrison standing in front of a window at his estate, Friar Park. It spins off two singles including “My Sweet Lord” (#1 Pop) and “What Is Life” (#10 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in January of 2001, ten months before Harrison’s passing, and is remastered and reissued again September of 2014 for the box set “The Apple Years 1968 -75 and as a stand alone reissue. “All Things Must Pass” is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
“My Sweet Lord” also began 1971 as the year’s first #1 single, making George the first solo Beatle to simultaneously top the album and singles charts.