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George Harrison, “Here Comes the Sun”, August 1, 1971

From the Concert for Bangladesh of course. You can see at the beginning how nervous George was! Not only his first solo performance, his first concert appearance at all since 1966, featuring his first performances of his own compositions ever – but here, also for the first time on stage, vulnerable and stripped down to an acoustic guitar. George’s little smile as the audience reaches out to him is priceless.

His duet partner, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, later revealed that they hadn’t even rehearsed! “George just wanted to keep it simple,” he said. After George told him the chord changes, Pete ducked into his hotel room to listen to the version on Abbey Road a couple of times, and that’s all there was time for! 

The result: magic. And beauty and joy and, yes, sun, sun, sun! Here it comes!

(Mi pequeña, está toda bien!)

(Note that by the time you come across this post, the video may have been taken down. It happens. Here’s the YouTube search for you to find another version. Worth the extra clicks!)

George Harrison & Bob Dylan, rehearsal for Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971, New York City. 

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, July 24, 1972, New York City, Madison Square Garden, by Bob Gruen


Stevie Wonder performing on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA, 25th March 1974.

by Lawrence Fried

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page: Led Zeppelin acoustic trio, ZEPtember 3, 1971, Madison Square Garden. 

Queen: Brian May, Madison Square Garden, November 17, 1978, via

Red Zeppelin: Jimmy Page, Madison Square Garden, by Walter Iooss Jr.

RED-dy Freddie, Madison Square Garden 1980, my edit of original by Waring Abbott, via

Queen, Madison Square Garden, December 2, 1977, by Richard E. Aaron

The Concert for Bangladesh: George Harrison, Leon Russell, and Bob Dylan, August 1, 1971, by Alan Pariser