My Sweet Lord music video
A music video for George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” has been made and will premiere on YouTube today.
The Beatles made a lot of music videos, or “promotional films” as they were called at the time. Just check out 1+. But in the early stages of the solo careers it became more of a neglected task. For instance, no music video was made for Paul McCartney’s debut single, “Another Day” but curiously enough a series of still images made a promotional film for “Maybe I’m Amazed“, which was NOT a single at the time.
John and George were also not thinking in terms of music videos at first. “Cold Turkey” got its own, highly experimental film, but it wasn’t distributed in a large scale until it was released to YouTube in May 2021. “Instant Karma” was performed on Top Of The Pops twice, which is the only reason the song is represented on video collections with John Lennon.
In 1971 John and Paul got their act together, McCartney made two music videos for the “Ram” album, one for “3 Legs” and one for “Heart Of The Country“. Strangely, no video for the single, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”. The Lennons made a series of music videos for the “Imagine” and “Fly“-albums, which they put together as a TV Special.
George didn’t get around to producing music videos until 1974, with “Ding Dong Ding Dong“. So there were no music videos made for his huge worldwide hit, “My Sweet Lord”. Until now. When no music video existed, and the artist didn’t want to perform on “Top Of The Pops“, these songs were illustrated by dancers from the troupe “Pan’s People”. So for years, a clip from that show has been filling out the space for “My Sweet Lord” on George Harrison bootleg music video compilations.
Dhani Harrison seems to have been the mastermind behind the new music video, judging by a short preview clip from Facebook and Instagram, as it seems to having been inspired by the “Star Wars“-films of George Lucas – Dhani being a big fan of those. The new music video will debut later today, and will magically appear in the space below this text – we hope.
Meanwhile you can take a look at the now five years old music video for “What Is Life?“