Various Artists, 'The Concert For Bangladesh' (1971)
A pioneering pair of 1971 benefit shows organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, the Concert for Bangladesh was designed to raise money for refugees from the now-independent country, which was then known as East Pakistan. Harrison and Shankar enlisted Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and more playing a variety of their hits, covers, and traditional Indian music. Despite high expectations, minimal rehearsals, Dylan's reticence to perform and difficulty in setting up the film and recording equipment, among other issues, the concerts were a huge success, leading to a triple-LP album and a documentary that featured notable renditions of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Something," "My Sweet Lord," "Here Comes the Sun," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," and "Blowin' in the Wind." Despite some tax and legal issues, the event raised up to $12 million for UNICEF's refugee relief, influencing (and being overshadowed by) later all-star benefits such as Live Aid, Farm Aid, the Concert for New York City, and the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief.