1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO”- THE BEATLES

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1969 Song of the Day- The Ballad of John and Yoko- by The Beatles. The Ballad of John and Yoko is credited to John Lennon and Paul McCartney but it is a John Lennon written song. The only Beatles on the recording were John and Paul. George was on holiday and Ringo was away making a movie. The end of The Beatles was in sight. In March of 1969 Paul had married Linda earlier in the month and around this time 50 years ago John and Yoko were off on an adventure and the story of that adventure and their wedding and the famous or infamous bed-in are told in this song. The single would be released by The Beatles in May- the b-side being Old Brown Shoe. It would be the 17th and final Beatles #1 in the UK- and reach #8 in the US. The making of this song-with Paul’s assistance was one of the best moments in the relationship during their last year in the group. John took the song to Paul- and Paul who always seemed to have his radar on- knew that John’s reference to Christ would draw criticism but he stuck by John and worked on the recording with him. There were radio stations in the US that refused to play it because of the reference to Christ. Yoko over the years has drawn a lot of criticism as being ‘the one who broke up The Beatles.” While I am not a fan of hers- I don’t think she is totally to blame- just one of a number of reasons  why they broke up. I have always thought it was a stroke of genius to end it when they did- and never reunite. Like Rocky Marciano retiring as the only undefeated heavyweight champion.

5 responses to “1969 SONG OF THE DAY- ‘THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO”- THE BEATLES

  1. My old next door neighbour used to sing this (I could hear him through the wall). The emphasis he put at ‘Christ’!
    When I heard the ‘Blue Album’ Old Brown Shoe was probably my least favourite.

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