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Encyclopedia > Give Peace a Chance
"Give Peace a Chance"
Single by John Lennon credited as Plastic Ono Band
Released 1969
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1 June 1969
Genre Rock/Pop
Length 4:54
Label Apple
Writer John Lennon (originally credited to Lennon-McCartney)
Producer John and Yoko Ono Lennon
John Lennon credited as Plastic Ono Band singles chronology
"Give Peace a Chance"
(1969)
"Cold Turkey"
(1969)

"Give Peace a Chance" is a song written by John Lennon and originally credited to Lennon-McCartney (John Lennon and Paul McCartney). However, when Lennon's posthumous live album with Elephant's Memory, Live in New York City (recorded in 1972), was reissued in the 1990s, "Give Peace a Chance" was credited solely to Lennon. End credits of the 2006 documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon (in which the song appears) also list John Lennon as the sole writer of this song. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Plastic Ono Band is the band John Lennon formed after he left the Beatles. ... // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For the music genre, see Pop music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The songwriting credit Lennon/McCartney appears on all Beatles songs that were written by John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Plastic Ono Band is the band John Lennon formed after he left the Beatles. ... Cold turkey is a slang expression describing the actions of a person who gives up a habit or addiction all at once. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The songwriting credit Lennon/McCartney appears on all Beatles songs that were written by John Lennon and/or Paul McCartney. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Elephants Memory were a New York band most notable for backing up John Lennon and Yoko Ono during 1972, on a pair of albums and a handful of TV and live appearances. ... Live In New York City was a live album recorded by John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, New York in 1972. ... A peace dove, widely known as a symbol for peace, featuring an olive branch in the doves beak. ... The U.S. vs. ...

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Writing

Early in the Bed-In, a reporter asked John what he was trying to do. John said, "All we are saying is give peace a chance," spontaneously, but he liked the phrase and set it to music for the song. He sang the song several times during the Bed-In, and finally, on 1 June 1969, rented an 8-track tape machine from a local music store and recorded it in bed. John Lennon and Yoko Onos Bed-In video During the Vietnam War, in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held two, week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, which were their non-violent ways of protesting wars and promoting peace. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The Tascam 85 16B analogue tape recorder can record 16 tracks of audio on 1 inch (2. ...


Recording

Recording "Give Peace a Chance".
Recording "Give Peace a Chance".

It was recorded by John Lennon and issued as a single under the name Plastic Ono Band. To maximize media exposure, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono originally intended to host their second "Bed-In" event in New York City (the first was held in Amsterdam), but U.S. immigration officials refused to allow Lennon in the country because of his November 1968 drug conviction in London. The couple instead chose Montreal because it was close to the U.S. border. The song was recorded on 1 June 1969 in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The recording session was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Joseph Schwartz, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Murray the K and Derek Taylor. Lennon played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, also on acoustic guitar. Image File history File links Jlbedin3. ... Image File history File links Jlbedin3. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... The Plastic Ono Band is the band John Lennon formed after he left the Beatles. ... John Lennon and Yoko Onos Bed-In video During the Vietnam War, in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held two, week-long Bed-Ins for Peace, which were their non-violent ways of protesting wars and promoting peace. ... is the 152nd day of the year (153rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Queen Elizabeth Hotel, with Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in the foreground Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, commonly called The Queen Elizabeth Hotel (Le Reine Elizabeth), is a grand hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - Total 365. ... For the American baseball player, see Tim Leary (baseball player). ... Joe Schwarcz Dr. Joseph A. Schwarcz, known to his students, and many via his science popularization efforts as Dr. Joe, is a doctor of chemistry and professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. ... Rosemary Sarah Woodruff Leary (April 26, 1935 – February 7, 2002) was born into a conservative Baptist environment. ... Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932), is an English singer, actress and composer best known for her upbeat popular international hits of the 1960s. ... Dick Gregory (1964) Richard Dick Claxton Gregory, (born October 12, 1932) is an African American comedian, social activist, writer, entrepreneur, and nutritionist. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet. ... Murray Kaufman (February 14, 1922 – February 21, 1982) professionally known as Murray the K, was a famous and influential rock and roll impresario and disc jockey of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. ... Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... Tom Smothers (born February 2, 1937) is an American comedian, composer and musician from New York, New York. ... The Smothers Brothers are an American musical-comedy team, formed by real-life brothers Tom and Dick Smothers. ...


Commercial release

The "Give Peace A Chance" single (with Yoko Ono's "Remember Love" as the b-side) was released on 45 RPM vinyl in the UK on Friday, July 4, 1969 and Monday, July 7, 1969 in the U.S. The track's first full-length album appearance was on the Lennon hits compilation The John Lennon Collection issued November 1, 1982 in the UK (EMI/Parlophone Records) and November 8, 1982 (originally on Geffen Records, since re-released on Capitol Records). A significantly truncated version of the Montreal session and a snippet of the One to One Benefit concert performance of the song appear on Lennon's Shaved Fish hits compilation from 1975. is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The John Lennon Collection is a retrospective compilation album of John Lennon music released in 1982 by Parlophone Records, through E.M.I. Records. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Popularity and chart position

Give Peace a Chance was the first "solo" single released by a member of the Beatles while the band was still intact, though, technically, the artist was credited as Plastic Ono Band, not John Lennon. It reached number 14 on the pop charts in the United States and was kept out of the top slot in the UK by The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women". The song has become a peace anthem and is often sung at protests. Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Honky Tonk Women was a 1969 hit song by the Rolling Stones. ...


Give Peace a Chance was also covered by Joe Cocker on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, performed by Cocker and the 11 piece supergroup formed for the tour including pianist/singer Leon Russell and singer Rita Coolidge.


The last verse

The original last verse of the song refers to: "John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary, Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper, Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Hare Krishna". For the American baseball player, see Tim Leary (baseball player). ... Rosemary Sarah Woodruff Leary (April 26, 1935 – February 7, 2002) was born into a conservative Baptist environment. ... Tom Smothers (born February 2, 1937) is an American comedian, composer and musician from New York, New York. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Tommy Cooper (March 19, 1921 – April 15, 1984) was a Welsh [1] prop comedian and magician. ... Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... Norman Kingsley Mailer (January 31, 1923 – November 10, 2007) was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet. ... Hare Krishna Mantra in Devanagari The Hare Krishna mantra, also referred to reverentially as the Maha Mantra (Great Mantra), is a sixteen-word Vaishnava mantra made well known outside of India by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (commonly known as the Hare Krishnas)[1]. It is believed by practitioners...


In the performance of "Give Peace a Chance" included on the Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album, Lennon openly stated that he couldn't remember all of the words and improvised with the names of the band members sharing the stage with him and anything that came to mind: "John and Yoko, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Penny Lane, Roosevelt, Nixon, Tommy Jones and Tommy Cooper, and somebody." Live Peace in Toronto 1969 is a live album recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at a rock and roll revival show as The Plastic Ono Band. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Klaus Voormann (born 29 April 1938) is a German artist, musician, and record producer who was associated with the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg and later designed the cover of their album Revolver. ... Music sample Penny Lane ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... FDR redirects here. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ...


Subsequent tribute or politically motivated performances

The song has been used in motion pictures, television shows and theatre as it has become a recognised semiotic to indicate protest; for example it was sung by students in the movie The Trial of Billy Jack, and by peace activists in Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, The Trial of Billy Jack is a 1974 film starring Delores Taylor and Tom Laughlin. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Several people associated with Lennon have subsequently performed the song in protest or for charity. Paul McCartney performed the song as part of a tribute medley to John Lennon (Strawberry Fields Forever, Help!, Give Peace a Chance) during his world tour stop in Liverpool on June 28, 1990. In 1991, Yoko Ono collaborated with Amina, Adam Ant, Sebastian Bach, Bros, Felix Cavaliere, Terence Trent D'Arby, Flea, John Frusciante, Peter Gabriel, Kadeem Hardison, Ofra Haza, Joe Higgs, Bruce Hornsby, Lee Jaffe, Al Jarreau, Jazzie B, Davey Johnstone, Lenny Kravitz, Cyndi Lauper, Sean Ono Lennon, Little Richard, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Michael McDonald, Duff McKagan, Alannah Myles, New Voices of Freedom, Randy Newman, Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, Q-Tip, Bonnie Raitt, Run, Dave Stewart, Teena Marie, Little Steven Van Zandt, Don Was, Wendy & Lisa, Ahmet Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, and Moon Unit Zappa as the Peace Choir to perform a version of the song in response to the imminent Gulf War. In 2003, Yoko Ono also released a remixed version of "Give Peace a Chance" in response to the events of 9/11. Aerosmith (featuring Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars) covered the song in the 2007 John Lennon tribute album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. This article is about the Nigerian princess. ... For similar terms like Adam Adamant, Atom Ant, adamant, adamantium, etc, see Adamant (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Bros were an English boy band active in the late 1980s and early 1990s, consisting of twin brothers Matt Goss and Luke Goss along with Craig Logan. ... Felix Cavaliere (b. ... Sananda Maitreya in concert in Budapest. ... Michael Peter Balzary (born October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia), better known by his stage name Flea, is the bassist for the alternative rock rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... 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Jazzie B (Beresford Romeo, born 26th January 1963, London, England) is a DJ and music producer. ... Johnstone(left) performing Funeral For a Friend at an Elton John concert. ... Leonard Albert Lenny Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger whose retro style incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk, and ballads. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born October 9, 1975) is the son of musician and peace activist John Lennon by his second wife, artist Yoko Ono. ... Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the stage name Little Richard, is an African-American singer, songwriter, and pianist, who began performing in the 1940s and was a key figure in the transition from rhythm & blues to rock and roll in the mid-1950s. ... LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith III on January 14, 1968 in New York, New York) is a legendary American hip hop artist and actor. ... MC Hammer (born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962) is an American MC who was popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, known for his dramatic rise to and fall from fame and fortune, his trademark Hammer pants, and for leaving a lasting influence on hip hop culture... A different person also named Michael McDonald is a co-founder of ATO Records. ... Duff McKagan (born Michael Andrew McKagan on February 5, 1964) is an American musician and bassist, who is best known for his thirteen-year tenure in the hard rock band Guns N Roses. ... Alannah Myles (b. ... 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The song was also used for political gain in Nicaragua, during the political campaign for presidential elections (2006), Daniel Ortega (FSLN) used its melody, modifying the lyrics [citation needed]. José Daniel Ortega Saavedra (born 11 November 1945) is the current President of Nicaragua. ...


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