John Lennon repeats ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in unearthed video
John Lennon and Yoko Ono rehearse an early version of their anti-war anthem “Give Peace a Chance” in a newly discovered video recorded on May 25, 1969 at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas.
This never-before-seen performance in bed, documented by cameraman Nic Knowland and phonograph Mike Lax, is the song’s first known recording – captured six days before the couple’s famous performance at their second Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Hotel. Elizabeth of Montreal.
The clip, restored and released in 5K by the John Lennon Estate, shows the Beatle smiling, laughing and patting his foot as he delves into the untrained lyrics of the song’s “everyone’s talking” verse. But the melody and lyrics of the chorus are in place, with Ono joining together in high harmony.
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The second Bed-In, originally planned for New York, was moved to the Bahamas after the couple were refused entry into the county due to Lennon’s cannabis conviction in 1968. But due to the setup from the hotel and the hot Bahamian weather, they moved to Montreal – choosing this city because of its proximity to the American press.
During their weeklong stay, the couple gave numerous interviews and eventually recorded “Give Peace a Chance”, Lennon’s first solo single and the first credited as the Plastic Ono Band.
The rehearsal video precedes the large box set John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection, released on April 23. The track appears on the eight-disc project, with demos for each Plastic Ono Band song and singles without Lennon’s album of the time. The newly remixed and remastered box also features rehearsal recordings, previews, jams and studio conversations.