THE BEATLES TOP 60 SOLO SONGS: #14: “COLD TURKEY”- JOHN LENNON

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The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #14: “Cold Turkey”- John Lennon. After a bought all The Beatles albums- I started working on buying the solo albums- one at a time, this was in the late 70’s- the first John Lennon album I bought was the greatest hit compilation Shaved Fish. I had never heard “Cold Turkey” before I played that record and I must confess the first time I heard it I didn’t like it. In fact as I remember it- the song gave me a headache. Of course it didn’t take long for me to change my mind about the song. It certainly wasn’t a radio friendly song- I don’t think it would have been a great choice as a Beatles single. As a Lennon single it only reached #30. Not a commercial tune but nevertheless a great song. It was released in late October 1969- The Beatles had broken up by that point- but no one really would know it for another six months or so. John claimed the song was about his and Yoko’s withdraw from a brief heroin addiction- his personal assistant in the late 70’s Fred Seaman has said that John confided to him that it was about food poisoning- that John and Yoko had gotten into some bad turkey ‘leftovers’ after Christmas. John didn’t think that would sound like an appealing story of the songs origin so he made up the heroin story. Either way- one of my favorite John Lennon songs- checks in at #14.

2 responses to “THE BEATLES TOP 60 SOLO SONGS: #14: “COLD TURKEY”- JOHN LENNON

  1. I’m not sure why, but I actually bought this single when it came out, along with the 45 single of Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer in the City” (but I digress…). I was only 15, and it was totally unlike the usual pop, rock & R&B music I preferred. Perhaps I wanted to seem more cool than I actually was. At any rate, when I played the B-side, Yoko Ono’s “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For a Hand in the Snow)”, I was positively horrified. It was – and still is – the worst song I’ve ever heard.

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