Concert For Bangladesh – Leon Russell’s “Stage Band” Satin Jacket / 1971 / George Harrison, Bob Dylan, etc.

A satin jacket from the 1971 Concert For Bangladesh, given to performer Leon Russell.

From the prominent role the venue plays in the embroidered design, we assume this was probably commissioned by Madison Square Garden for the concert’s performers.  The front of the jacket is embroidered “Stage Band” and “Leon”.  Russell was part of the supergroup on stage during this legendary concert, including organizer George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, members of Badfinger, Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan.  This jacket was acquired at the East Coast estate sale of a well known disc jockey, who was friends with Leon Russell.

The jacket label notes it was made by “West Wind mfgd by Buccaneer” (a company active in the 1960s and 70s) and the size is XL.  It is in overall very good to excellent condition, and the measurements are: Collar to bottom 26 ½”, Armpit to armpit 24 ½”.

We know of no other surviving examples of this rarity.

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