Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 marks the 35th Anniversary of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s Concert For Bangladesh. The event took place on August 1st 1971 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and featured performances by George, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.
Madison Square Garden will celebrate the 35th Anniversary by installing a plaque permanently in its “Walk Of Fame” to commemorate this historic event. At 2pm on Tuesday, the plaque will be presented to Olivia, who said, “I know George would be happy that 35 years later the impact of his efforts are still felt and appreciated.”
The plaque will be set alongside music legends such as The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. This presentation will mark the first time in Madison Square Garden history that a concert or event is honoured on the “Walk of Fame”.
The concert alerted the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people. “UNICEF is honoured to have been a part of this Concert and proud that 35 years later we are celebrating the humanitarian work of George Harrison,” said Chip Lyons, President of the US FUND FOR UNICEF. “Childrens’ lives, in Bangladesh and beyond, have been saved and improved thanks to the funds raised by The Concert for Bangladesh.”
The film of the concert, released on DVD and CD last autumn, was recently certified 3 times platinum by the RIAA. All artists’ royalties from the sales of the DVD and the CD continue to go to UNICEF. In commemoration, Ringo Starr and Ravi Shankar were presented with plaques, in New York and Los Angeles respectively.