|UK Release Date||30 July 1971|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple R 5912|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||9|
|Peak UK Chart Position||10|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7YCE 21573-1U / 7YCE 21574-1U|
The first ever charity single, Bangla-Desh was released on 30 July 1971 in the UK and 28 July 1971 in the US, just days before the Concerts For Bangladesh at Madison Square Gardens on 1 August 1971, and had a nine week run in the UK charts, peaking at number 10, whilst in the US it peaked at number 23. The inspiration for the song and the concerts came from Ravi Shankar who asked George if he could help with the suffering of the refugees in his homeland.
It was all a bit of a rush to get the single out before the concerts with the recording taking place only three weeks before it’s release on 4 and 5 July in LA. Musicians in attendance included Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, Leon Russell, Jim Keltner and possibly Ringo.
The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21573-1U and 7YCE 21574-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. There were no solid centre copies. The record is in excellent condition both visually and playing wise, just a little ultra light crackle on the B side. There is a small number 4 and a small tick on the A side label in biro. The Apple sleeve is in good condition, it has some creasing and some tearing at the opening (see pics).
Estimated Value : £3 – £5