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"Blow Away"
Single by George Harrison
from the album George Harrison
B-side Soft Touch
Released February 14, 1979
Format vinyl record 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock
Length 3.59
Label Dark Horse Records (US)
Producer George Harrison
George Harrison singles chronology
"Crackerbox Palace"
"Blow Away"
"Love Comes to Everyone"
George Harrison track listing
Soft-Hearted Hana
Blow Away

"Blow Away" was a 1979 hit single by George Harrison, taken from his eponymous album. The song is one of Harrison's most popular and beloved post-Apple singles, but also one of the simplest. Its uptempo pop sound fell far outside of the dominant genres of the era, disco and punk. "Blow Away", written on a rainy day (that's why first verses are about clouds), was included in "Nuns on the Run" - a comedy with Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane.

The accompanying video was a simple affair; featuring various shots of George singing the song superimposed over shots of moving clouds and land, and in some instances, singing with full sized toys (a wind-up duck; sitting on a toy dog). There are even a few quick instances of “The Quiet Beatle” acting silly- breaking into a quick smirk as the camera closes in, and doing a very simple dancestep are two of them,

As this was early in music videos, the simplistic style wasn’t out of the norm; however this received nominal airplay on MTV and was featured more on VH1.

Chart position

The song reached #51 on UK charts (his first notable chart appearance since "You" in 1975, that reached #38). More impressively single charted in USA and Canada - #16 and #3, respectively. Furthermore, on US Adult Contemporary chart it reached #2.



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