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beatle_tony On this day 1st August 1971, the Concert For Bangladesh, organized by #GeorgeHarrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh, took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. The two concerts, one afternoon and one evening, played to over 40,000 people and featured the all-star cast of #BobDylan, Ringo Starr, #LeonRussell, #BillyPreston, #EricClapton, Ravi Shankar, Klaus Voorman, and Badfinger. Harrison was well ahead of his time, organizing a large scale charity event with the aid of his musician mates, almost 15 years prior to Live Aid.
His original plan was to recruit his former bandmates, which would’ve turned this into a Beatles reunion, seeing the four on stage together in the U.S for the first time since 1966. But that was never going to happen.
#JohnLennon agreed to take part in the concert, however Harrison stipulated that Lennon's wife Yoko could not perform with him. Lennon agreed, but left New York two days before the event following an argument with Ono regarding his and Harrison's agreement, so that was the end of that.
#PaulMcCartney declined because of bad feelings caused by #TheBeatles' legal problems on their breakup. McCartney told Rolling Stone years later, "George came up and asked if I wanted to play Bangladesh and I thought, blimey, what's the point? We're just broken up and we're joining up again? It just seemed a bit crazy". #RingoStarr did, however, appear.
At the press launch for the event, the former Beatle was asked by a reporter, “Why Bangladesh?” Harrison replied, "Because I was asked by a friend if I would help, you know, that's all”. His friend was Indian musician Ravi Shankar (who surprised us all a few years back when we discovered he was the father of the very talented Norah Jones).
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  •   beatle_tony Con't After Shankar had opened the proceedings, Harrison took to the stage with his guests - Eric Clapton on guitar, Ringo on drums, Leon Russell on keyboards, and the guys from #Badfinger on guitars and vocals (Badfinger's Peter Ham did a duet with Harrison on "Here Comes the Sun"). After pleasing the crowd with a selection of his hits, including a few Beatles songs, Harrison casually announced his next guest. "I'd like to bring on a friend of us all, Mr Bob Dylan”. This was a reclusive time for Dylan - and the first proper live show since his Isle of Wight appearance in '69. Dylan didn’t disappoint, performing "Blowin' In The Wind", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and "Just Like A Woman" backed by Harrison and his all-star band.
    Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison) hit #1 in the UK and #2 in the U.S. and received the Grammy award for Album of the Year. The concert raised $243,418.50, which was given to UNICEF to administer. However, there were complaints about the high price of the album and allegations that there were delays in money from the album sales being sent to help the Bangladeshi refugees. Allen Klein, then an executive at Apple Corps, insisted the company made no money from the album or film and was only recovering its advertising and production costs.
    The Los Angeles Times reported that by 1985 nearly $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh for relief. However, the money was tied up in an Internal Revenue Service escrow account for 11 years because the concert organizers had not applied for tax-exempt status. Sales of the DVDs and CDs of the concert continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. Article credit: thisdayinmusic.com 12h
  •   quinellmusic that's awesome! 12h
  •   kenbspencer Love the post Tony, great job! I always wondered why Badfinger didn't perform a song.. 12h
  •   kailey.darcey Your page is amazing! You definitely should visit my IG 12h
  •   avaslipsmickships Thanks Tony for a great post. George's Benefit Concert was the first of it's kind. I've read that George wasn't sure Bob would show up until rehearsal. So sad that the $$$ got caught up in ridiculous legal entanglements. It's good to hear that George's Fund was still active. 12h
  •   jkeith308 Great post!! 11h
  •   val_japan George〜 8h
  •   gabyfh I absolutely love George! 6h

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cranberryfieldsforever 44 years ago this legendary concert took place. :') at was just watching it today when I should be studying because I have a Math test on Monday but couldn't because I'm really under the weather. My nose is stuffy and my throat hurts like a bitch and my head feels so heavy and I just wish I could chop it off or something. [How's your day going guys?] #concertforbangladesh #georgeharrison #ringostarr #bobdylan #leonrussel #ericclapton #billypreston #klausvoorman #petehamm #badfinger #jimkeltner
Also happy birthday to Dhani :')
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samb208 You better hurry cause it's goin fast. #badfinger. What a night. @youngcards 1d

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juanrochacr7 Toys this days #badfinger #toys 1d

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jacandss14 Best picture eveeeer ni hello kitty :D haha
Charaught :) .. Nakiki bad finger na rin si HK :D

#hellokittylover
#badfinger
#myfav
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fender_1977 Just looking at them makes me overwhelmed with sadness #badfinger #preachdontdrinkbleach 2d

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courrejovi I can't decide which #Bleu album is better. This one or #AWatchedPot. Both are essential for fans of #PowerPop. This was the first of his albums I heard and it had the same effect on me that #Jellyfish's #SpiltMilk did. If you dig #Badfinger #Supertramp #CheapTrick #TheBeachBoys or #ElvisCostello pick this one up! #Redhead #IWontGoHollywood #SearchinForTheSatellites #SomebodyElse #RockNRoll #Pop #AlbumArt #MusicCollection 3d

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adams_dudi #Badfinger
#baby_blue 😎
Riding High amongst the waves .......
♡.♡ #f4f
#l4l
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dandougdrum Valeu @Spotifybrasil! Mas ainda faltam os melhores; Straight Up e No Dice #Badfinger #rocknroll #spotifypremium 4d

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