Paul McCartney declines invitation to “Goodbye Summer Concert for Bangladesh”

Saturday, September 11, 1971

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On July 27, 1971, George Harrison held a press conference to announce the Concert For Bangladesh, a charity concert to be held on August 1, 1971, at Madison Square Garden. He asked the three other Beatles to participate, but Paul McCartney refused.

A similar charity concert, in aid of famine relief in Bangladesh, was organized in the UK on September 18, 1971. Paul McCartney was invited but would equally refuse, as reported in Disc And Music Echo magazine of the day.

From Dhaka Tribune, December 1, 2019:

Goodbye Summer, a rock concert in aid of famine relief of Bangladesh on Sunday September 18, 1971, was not the only Bangladesh related rock event that summer in the UK.

Though far less remembered than the ground-breaking event with George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr et al six weeks earlier in Manhattan, the day-long festival at the Oval cricket ground in South London had its own rock superstars. Headlined by The Who and The Faces in their Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood heyday, it drew about as many people in one sitting as the two shows, (matinee and evening) of the historic Concert for Bangladesh in New York on Sunday, August 1, 1971.

From Disc And Music Echo, September 11, 1971

Last updated on May 5, 2022

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