The Beatles -- ‘The Ballad Of John And Yoko’

The Ballad Of John And Yoko (3.00)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, lead guitar, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar, piano, drums, maracas;

This was the first of John’s ‘newspaper songs’, and documents John and Yoko’s marriage, honeymoon, and relentless hounding by the press that ensued.

He had the idea that songs should be like newspapers – written, recorded and released as quickly as possible to benefit his peace campaign, which had been gathering pace ever since ‘Revolution’ in ’68: “I want to write it in the morning, record it in the afternoon, mix it at night and have it in the shops by the end of the week,” he said.

The story starts when they flew to France to get wed, but they didn’t realise that they needed a special licence so they “honeymooned down by the Seine” and Peter Brown called them to say “you can get married in Gibraltar, near Spain.” The reason that they were “turned back at the docks” …

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