Q: “Speaking of Delaney and Bonnie, you toured with Delaney and Bonnie and the band’s European ’69 tour and one leg of that tour featured a special guest player, George Harrison. What are your most indelible memories of George?”
Rita Coolidge: “George was such a profoundly gentle man and at the same time so charismatic. It was almost like a religious leader in a sense.
He had such a magnetic kind of energy around him. But he was so soft spoken. To me, he was like a holy man, just his energy, his aura, everything about him was more beautiful man than probably anybody else I had ever met.”
Q: “And at that time with his mustache and long beard he looked a holy man.”
Rita Coolidge: “Yeah, he totally did. There were a lot of people that had long hair and beards at that time but with George (laughs) it really was effective but it went so much deeper than that with him. I always felt like I was in the presence of greatness when I was around him. He was so very humble and sweet.”
Q: “Didn’t he have a special song he sang for you?”
Rita Coolidge: “Yes, he would sing Lovely Rita by The Beatles (sings “Lovely Rita, meter maid”). (laughs) Every time I got on the bus. (laughs) It was like he would wait for me to get on the bus and sing it to me. It was so fabulous.” - Q&A with Rita Coolidge, Rock Cellar Magazine, 8 July 2016
[Big laugh] Well, I am famous for doing hip-hop versions of ‘My Sweet Lord’. You should hear the rap version!
George Harrison in response to Timothy White’s question, “The new version’s [’My Sweet Lord 2000′] looser, but still true to the original [’My Sweet Lord’]. I mean, you didn’t try to make it into hip-hop.” Billboard.com, 8 January 2001