1969 Song of the Day is “Give Peace A Chance” by Plastic Ono Band. The anti-war anthem Give Peace A Chance was written by John Lennon and performed by John and Yoko and a cast of friends- under the name Plastic Ono Band. The Beatles were still going on at the time -so John gave the song credits as he and Paul always did to ‘Lennon-McCartney” although Paul McCartney had as much to do with writing this song as I did. The song was recorded in Montreal, Canada on June 1, 1969 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel during the famous John and Yoko bed-ins. A number of journalists and friends were present- Timothy Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Murray The K, Derek Taylor- John played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of The Smothers Brothers on acoustic guitar. The war they are protesting of course was the Vietnam War. The song quickly became an anti-war anthem not only for Vietnam but also other future wars.
Give Peace A Chance- for such a primitive recording-it was recorded with four microphones and a four track tape recorder- did very well -the single went to #2 in the UK and # 14 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lists it as one of the 500 songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.