1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘COLD TURKEY’- JOHN LENNON AND THE PLASTIC ONO BAND

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1969 Song of the Day- “Cold Turkey’- John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band. When this single was released in October 1969- The Beatles had all but broken up. Abbey Road had been released a month earlier- Let It Be was in the can to be released in the spring of 1970. John Lennon wrote this song- concerning his and Yoko Ono’s brief heroin addictions. Others have said it was about eating turkey left overs. John had shown the song to Paul as a potential Beatles single but Paul wasn’t going for it so it was released as a Plastic Ono Band single. It reached #30 in the US- and #14 in the UK. This was the first song John Lennon wrote where he claimed full credit. The single features- Lennon, Ringo-Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann. The first time I heard this song I must admit to not being wild about it but it quickly grew on me- I would consider it one of John’s best solo singles.

 

10 responses to “1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘COLD TURKEY’- JOHN LENNON AND THE PLASTIC ONO BAND

  1. I remember buying this 45 single as a young teen. I usually went for pop and R&B, but liked this song for some reason, and was trying to expand my musical horizons to harder, edgier stuff. I absolutely hated the B-side song “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For a Hand in the Snow). I don’t care what anyone says, Yoko Ono has an awful voice!

    • I’ve read exactly what you wrote though. That is what is surprising that John would even say that. Maybe to get it to a larger audience?…He was upset it didnt’ go higher in the charts…well John it’s kind of a downer lol…I like it because of it’s edge…but not top ten material.

    • Yes I think you are right- as far as the charts it went about where it was going to go – it is just too edgy to be a huge smash.

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