The original version of "My Sweet Lord," George Harrison's 1971 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, will be released in the U.S. and the U.K. next month as a tribute to the recently deceased former Beatle

The original version of "My Sweet Lord," George Harrison's 1971 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, will be released in the U.S. and the U.K. next month as a tribute to the recently deceased former Beatle. The single, which, as previously reported, will benefit an as yet undetermined charity, will be released Jan. 14 in the U.K. by Parlophone, and a day later in the U.S. by Capitol Records.

"As a tribute to George Harrison, it is vital that we make sure that the single is released when all elements are firmly in place," a Parlophone spokesperson said in a statement. "A release date of Jan. 14 will allow us to do this."

The reissue of "My Sweet Lord" will be backed with the track "Let It Down," as well as the 2000 version of "My Sweet Lord," taken from the 2001 re-release of Harrison's 1971 album "All Things Must Pass." It is unknown if the track will be worked to radio.

Harrison died Nov. 29 after years of battling cancer. It is expected that his ashes will be scattered in India's holy Ganges River.