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George Harrison’s “This Song”

| November 19, 2010 | 6 Comments

After spending a week in a New York courtroom trying unsuccessfully to convince a judge that “My Sweet Lord” didn’t intentionally infringe on the Ronnie Mack/Chiffon hit “He’s So Fine,” George Harrison wrote and released “This Song” on November 19, 1976. It’s an uptempo tune that expressed his frustration at the in-depth song analysis that Harrison said after several days had him “starting to believe that maybe they did own those notes.”

The following day, on November 20, Harrison appeared on Saturday Night Live and sang “Homeward Bound” and “Here Comes the Sun” with guest host Paul Simon. The show also included a hilarious music video featuring George in a courtroom along with a cast of friends dressed up as the jury, bailiff and defense experts.

“This Song” was released as the first single for Harrison’s Thirty Three & 1/3 album, and features Billy Preston on piano and organ, and Monty Python’s Eric Idle calling out a falsetto “Could be ‘Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch,” “No, sounds more like ‘Rescue Me’!” interjection right before the instrumental break. It actually reached #25 on the U.S. pop charts.

Here’s a video of George performing it on a German television show, Disco 1977, on February 5, 1977.

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  1. Jody O. DoH says:

    I’m referring to the comic video for the song as shown on SNL in 76

  2. Jody O. DoH says:

    Was Brian Wilson the cop who handcuffed George?

  3. Lydia says:

    Hmm — I’m watching it now and it works fine. There’s a little glitch for a split second at 58 secs but it didn’t stop the video. Maybe try it again after a little while and see if it was just a problem loading at the time. Sorry you’re having trouble with it, though!

  4. Claritas says:

    I couldn’t listen to it – it played for a few seconds and then stopped…I turned it off after 58 secs..!!!

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