The fight to make Bangladesh an independent nation caused a severe refugee problem made worse by torrential downpours and devastating flooding. Bengali sitar player Ravi Shankar and his buddy George Harrison decided to throw a benefit concert to raise money to help the situation. Ringo Starr was on board and John Lennon too, until an argument ensued with Yoko because Harrison didn’t want her to participate. Lennon ended up leaving New York two days before the concert. The afternoon and evening shows at Madison Square Garden brought 40,000 people to the concert and the program was studded with stars including Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Bob Dylan. An album and film were released, and the benefit raised millions of dollars for the people of Bangladesh.
I don’t think of them as fans anymore. I think of them as people. Each one individually almost. One is good; one is bad. I wouldn’t like to out them all in one box together. Some fans are fantastic and don’t demand anything except to look at you. Others are just demanding. I don’t mean that we’re nothing without the fans. Their part in the play is equally important as ours. We’re acting out our scene as they are doing theirs. They’re just as important as anyone.
"George’s California Trip - A Day-To-Day Account of George and Pattie’s trip to California" by Neil Aspinall
Typed up from The Beatles Book monthly October 1967 issue.