"My Sweet Lord" was Harrison’s first single as a solo artist and was also
at the center of a heavily publicized plagiarism suit due to its similarity to
the Ronnie Mack song "He’s So Fine", a 1963 hit for the New York group
the Chiffons. In 1976, a New York state judge found Harrison guilty of
copyright infringement. The ruling resulted in a legal battle that carried
on until 1998, with Harrison paying $587,000. He claimed to have used
the out-of-copyright "Oh Happy Day", a Christian hymn, as his inspiration
for the song’s melody.