The Concert for Bangladesh or Bangla Desh, as the country's name was originally spelt  was a pair of benefit concerts organised by former Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. The concerts were followed by a bestselling live albuma boxed three-record set, and Apple Films ' concert documentarywhich opened in cinemas in the spring of The event was the first-ever benefit of such a magnitude,  and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, fellow ex-Beatle Ringo StarrBob DylanEric ClaptonBilly PrestonLeon Russell and the band Badfinger.
In addition, Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan — both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh — performed an opening set of Indian classical music. After collecting the musicians easily, Harrison found it extremely difficult to get the recording industry to release the rights for performers to share the stage, and millions of dollars raised from the album and film were tied up in IRS tax escrow accounts for years, but the Concert for Bangladesh is recognised as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed, such as Live Aid.
Decades later, Shankar would say of the overwhelming success of the event: "In one day, the whole world knew the name of Bangladesh. It was a fantastic occasion. As East Pakistan struggled to become the separate state of Bangladesh during the Bangladesh Liberation Warthe political and military turmoil and associated atrocities led to a massive refugee problem,  with at least 7 million displaced people pouring into neighbouring India.
Appalled at the situation affecting his homeland and relatives,   Bengali musician Ravi Shankar first brought the issue to the attention of his friend George Harrison in the early months ofover dinner at Friar Parkaccording to Klaus Voormann 's recollection. O'Dell set about contacting local musicians from the Harrisons' rented house in Nichols Canyon as Harrison took the long-distance calls, hoping more than anything to secure Bob Dylan 's participation.
By the first week of July,  Harrison was in a Los Angeles studio recording his purpose-written song, " Bangla Desh ", with co-producer Phil Spector. Harrison then met with Badfinger in London to explain that he would have to abandon work on Straight Up  before flying to New York on 13 July to see Lennon.
Towards the end of the month, when all parties were due to meet in New York for rehearsals,  Harrison had the commitment of a backing band comprising: Preston, on keyboards; the four members of Badfinger, on acoustic rhythm guitars and tambourine; Voormann and Keltner, on bass and drums, respectively; and saxophonist Jim Horn Introduction - Various - The Concert For Bangladesh so-called "Hollywood Horns", which included Chuck FindleyJackie Kelso and Lou McCreary.
Among Harrison's former bandmates, Lennon initially agreed to take part in the concert without his wife and musical partner Yoko Onoas Harrison had apparently stipulated.
On Tuesday, 27 July, Harrison and Shankar, accompanied by a pipe-smoking Allen Kleinheld a press conference to promote the two shows;  notoriously performance-shy, Harrison said "Just thinking about it makes me shake. The final rehearsal, the first for some of the participants, was combined with the concert soundcheckat Madison Square Garden, late on 31 July.
I've never done that. Through Harrison's friendship with the BandJonathan Taplin served as production manager, while Chip Monck was in charge of lighting. Stephen Stills having proceeded to sell out Madison Square Garden two days before the concert on 30 July in support of his album, Stephen Stills 2allowed Harrison to use his stage, sound, lighting system and production manager but was upset when Harrison "neglected to invite him to perform, mention his name, or say thank you". Stills then spent the show drunk in Ringo Starr's dressing room, "barking at everyone".
In his role as master of ceremonies, Harrison began the afternoon show by asking the audience to "try to get into" the opening, Indian music portion of the programme.
Next up was Harrison's " Beware of Darkness ", with guest vocals on the third verse by Russell, who covered the song on his concurrent album, Leon Russell Save My Money & My Name - Wigwam - Nuclear Nightclub the Shelter People In an effective change of pace,  Harrison picked up his acoustic guitar, now alone on the stage save for Pete Ham on a second acoustic,  and Don Nix 's gospel choir, off to stage-left.
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Harrison and the band then returned to perform a final segment, consisting of " Hear Me Lord " and his recent international number one hit, " My Sweet Lord ", followed by the song of the moment — " Bangla Desh ". Harrison was reportedly delighted with the outcome of the first show, as was Dylan, who accompanied him back to the Park Lane Hotel afterwards.
The songs played and their sequence differed slightly between the first and second shows, most noticeably with Harrison's opening and closing mini-sets. Tambourine Man " in place of "Love Minus Zero". The second show was widely acknowledged as superior to the afternoon performance,   although Village Voice reviewer Don Heckman noted that many in the audience reacted to the Shankar—Khan opening set with a lack of respect.
During the Western portion of the show, Harrison's voice was more confident this time around, the music "perhaps slightly more lustrous", according to Rolling Stone. Dylan's walk-on was again the show's "real cortex-snapping moment", Heckman opined. Following the two sellout concerts, all the participants attended a celebratory party in a basement club known as Ungano's.
If only we'd done three shows! The post-concert party featured live performances from Harrison and Preston, after which a "roaring drunk"  Phil Spector played a "unique" version of " Da Doo Ron Ron ". Harrison's manager, Allen Kleinimmediately boasted of the entirely peaceful nature of the event: "There was Surgery Of Impalement - Suffocation - Souls To Deny rioting.
Not one policeman was allowed in there The appearance of Bob Dylan on the same stage as two former Beatles caused a sensation,   and Introduction - Various - The Concert For Bangladesh praise was bestowed on George Harrison. What is involved is starving children and for once, relief through 35 musicians who should represent the feeling of anyone who loves their music. Dylan's choice of songs, particularly the "apocalyptic" "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall",  were found to Introduction - Various - The Concert For Bangladesh a new relevance in the context of the early s  — the words made "the more chilling for the passage of years", opined Rolling Stone.
In the wider countercultural context of the time, with disillusion increasingly rife with each post- Woodstock rock event,   commentators viewed the concerts as, in the words of Rolling Stone"a brief incandescent revival of all that was best about the Sixties".
He changed the perception of recording artists, making it clear they could be good world citizens too — willing to set aside their egos and paychecks in order to help people who were suffering. Politically, as Bangladeshi historian Farida Majid would note, the "warmth, care and goodwill" of the August concerts "echoed all over the world",  inspiring volunteers to approach UNICEF and offer their assistance, as well as eliciting private donations to the Bangladesh disaster fund.
Overnight, because of their fascination with rock stars, masses of people became educated about geopolitical events they had not even been aware of the week before.
The tragedy in Bangladesh moved to the fore as an international issue. Harrison's musical biographer, Simon Leng, identifies friendship as the key factor behind the success of the two UNICEF shows, both in bringing all the participants together on the stage and in the affection with which the audience and music critics viewed the event.
Friendship played out through the next, significantly more lucrative stages of the Bangladesh relief project,   as Feeling Fine - The Lust-O-Rama* - Loose Ends! associated live album and concert film were prepared for release.
Around the same time, there were rumours of a possible repeat of the New York concert triumph, to be held at London's Wembley Stadium in early October. It is all very well for your high ideals, but Britain equally needs the money! Harry said that, given the influence of the event and Harrison's other charitable activities, and also how his company HandMade Films "virtually revived the British film industry", it was "difficult to equate" his MBE status which he gained in as a member of the Beatles with the knighthoods or other higher orders lavished on the likes of Bob Geldofcomedians, pop stars and other figures in the music business.
Aside from complaints regarding the high retail Introduction - Various - The Concert For Bangladesh for the three-record set, particularly in Britain  — a result of the government's refusal to waive its tax surcharge — controversy soon surrounded the project's fundraising.
Speaking in the s, Harrison said of the Bangladesh relief effort: "Now it's all settled and the UN own the rights to Introduction - Various - The Concert For Bangladesh themselves, and I think there's been about 45 million dollars made. In the former, Krusty plays the album while a visitor at the Simpsons household. The July "Dessert" issue of National Lampoon magazine satirised Tom Wilkes ' original cover design for The Concert for Bangladeshby using a chocolate version of the starving child, the head of which has had a bite taken out of it.
Harrison himself sent up the benefit-show concept on film, in the HandMade comedy Water. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the concerts. For the album, see The Concert for Bangladesh album. For the film, see The Concert for Bangladesh film. I was in a very sad mood, having read all this news, and I said, "George, this is the situation, I know it doesn't concern you, I know you can't possibly identify.
See also: Bangla Desh song. The Concert For Bangladesh happened because of my relationship with Ravi I said, "If you want me to be involved, I think I'd better be really involved," so I started recruiting all these people. It was magical. That's the only way to describe it, because nobody had ever seen anything like that before, that amount of star power What happened is now history: it was one of the most moving and intense musical experiences of the century.
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