Before the mass popularity of Band-Aid in 1985, there was George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh a gesture of goodwill to send relief to those affected by famine in the country. The gig saw the inclusion of an all-star line up with former Beatle Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, and, the legendary, Ravi Shankar all taking the stage.
It was a huge musical event as well as a remarkable and would be opened by none other than Sitar extraordinaire Ravi Shankar. Following Shankar leaving the stage it was time for the supergroup to arrive. They did so with Eric Clapton on guitar, Ringo Starr on drums, Leon Russell on keys and members of Badfinger on guitar and vocals, all led by George Harrison.
The group of stars played the best of Harrison’s repertoire including a couple of Beatles songs for good measure. Harrison would then nonchalantly introduce his next guest with a wry smile, “I’d like to bring on a friend of us all, Mr Bob Dylan”.
The event, in truth, actually came at a very odd time for Dylan. It saw the star enjoying one of his reclusive phases that would litter his career. It’s a testament to the friendship he enjoys with the former Beatle, as well as the good cause it supported, that he came out at all. But Bob didn’t disappoint.
His first performance since 1969’s appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival would see renditions of ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ send the crowd into states of gaping mouthed awe. But it’s this rarely seen footage of Bob performing ‘Just Like A Woman’ which has us silently admiring the now Nobel-winning legend.
Watch as Bob Dylan performs ‘Just Like A Woman’ at the Concert for Bangladesh