Former wife and still a huge fan of George Harrison, Patti Boyd told "Best in British Rock" yesterday that the late Beatle, George Harrison, meant his song's tune to be a tribute to the Mo-Town sound but was sued before he could talk to the people there.
Boyd and several old friends of Harrison's, including Ringo Starr, are thinking about doing something to honor the fallen Beatle in the near future.
"Patti's right", stated Ringo. "George told me the same thing. He had planned to do a whole series based upon Mo-town songs and his agent was supposed to have that all taken care of but somebody along the way bollocks it up."
Tom Petty, a former member of The Traveling Wilburys also stated the same thing.
"Apparently George already knew that the song had the same basic tune as the Chiffon's song. That was the whole idea."
Harrison, according to Petty, loved the Chiffon's song so well that he had heard while he was growing up. He was particularly fond of "Baby, Baby" by Smokey Robinson but Linda Ronstadt wound up doing the song just as it was.
Former record producer and old friend of Harrison's, William Jacobs, told the "Best in British Rock" magazine that Harrison had applied for permission to use the tune. But the company had already released ""My Sweet Lord" as a single.
Meanwhile at Mo-Town, Smokey Robinson was quoted as saying the whole thing was a misunderstanding. He said that everyone lost all the way around, he had always been told.
Back to Patti Boyd. She stated that some people in Mo-Town were already upset that the Beatles had led to the "British Invasion" and that had really hurt sales in Detroit and that there were still bad vibes there over it.
"That was until the Beach Boys put out Good Vibrations and the Jackson brought us Michael Jackson", laughed Boyd.