Norah Jones closed out Conan‘s George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer – whose father, sitar master Ravi Shankar, was one of Harrison’s mentors and collaborators – delivered a silky version of “Behind That Locked Door,” a country-tinged track from the guitar icon’s 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass.
That classic album was featured heavily during the week-long tribute. On Wednesday’s episode, Dhani Harrison honored his father by playing a brass-driven rendition of “Let It Down” and a hard-rocking take on “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll),” joined by Los Angeles band Big Black Delta on the latter tune; Beck took a jovial stab at “Wah-Wah” on Monday’s kick-off.
On Tuesday, Paul Simon acknowledged Harrison’s work with the Beatles, performing a stripped-down “Here Comes the Sun.” He also reflected on his many visits to the guitarist’s mansion-estate Friar Park, where they often hung out and strummed ukeleles.
While the Conan celebration has concluded, Harrison’s music will be recognized on an even bigger stage at George Fest, an all-star concert scheduled for September 28th at L.A.’s Fonda Theatre. The show, which will benefit Sweet Relief, will include performances from Dhani Harrison, Brian Wilson, the Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, Spoon‘s Britt Daniel and more.
Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-1975, a box set compiling the singer-songwriter’s first six solo LPs plus unreleased demos and live recordings, was released earlier this week.