He’s So Fine


“He’s So Fine”  is a recording by The Chiffons which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in the spring of 1963.  One of the most instantly recognizable Golden Oldies with its doo-lang doo-lang doo-lang background vocal, “He’s So Fine” is also renowned as the plaintiff song in the now-infamous plagiarism case against George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”.  (More from Wikipedia)
The most famous lawsuit that I know of in the rock world involves “My Sweet Lord”, a hit single from George Harrison’s 1970 double-album All Things Must Pass that became the best-selling single in Great Britain in 1971.  Bright Tunes Music Corporation – which owns the rights to the Ronnie Mack song, “He’s So Fine”, a major hit for the Chiffons in 1963 – filed suit in February 1971, saying that My Sweet Lord plagiarized that song.  (If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, that’s the song with the background vocals “doo-lang, doo-lang, doo-lang”).  The lawsuit didn’t go to trial for another five years, and the judge ruled that George Harrison had “subconsciouslyplagiarized the earlier Chiffons song.  (For what it’s worth, the resemblance between My Sweet Lord and “He’s So Fine” is much clearer to these ears than is the case with I Must Run by Phil and the Frantics and I Must Move by the Zombies). 
(August 2012)
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The hit song from the George Harrison triple album All Things Must Pass is My Sweet Lord; it was the first #1 hit by an ex-Beatle and was also the biggest selling single in the UK in 1971.  The song was addressed to the Hindu God Krishna, though American audiences at least could be forgiven for feeling that Harrison was singing to Jesus.  The thrust of the song was calling for an end to sectarianism through the mixing of background chants of “Hare Krishna” with “Hallelujah”.  While George Harrison said that the melody was adapted from a Christian hymn “Oh Happy Day” (whose copyright had expired), a court case brought by the writer of a song by the Chiffons called He’s So Fine found otherwise.  I have written in more detail of this court case previously. 
(September 2014)
Last edited: March 22, 2021