George Harrison - “Bangla Desh”
Recorded: 4 & 5 July 1971; released 28 July 1971
“The first-ever rock charity single predated ‘We Are The World’ and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by fourteen years […].
[Jim Horn recalled] ‘George was very, very gracious, very businesslike, and wanted to get all this stuff done properly. He asked me if I was aware of what was going on over there [in Bangladesh] and explained the whole story to me about Bangladesh and Ravi his friend. It was a real turning point for me, because we were doing something for a cause through one of the Beatles.’
Klaus Voormann also noted a different atmosphere: ‘From the moment people knew that whatever we did for Bangladesh was for nothing [unpaid], there was a different attitude, because the people didn’t feel they were there to earn money. They were there to have fun an do something good for a good cause.’” - While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison by Simon Leng