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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day In History ► John and Yoko Bed-In in Montreal ► May 26

Dateline: 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second Bed-In, this time in Montreal, Quebec. They had wanted to do it in New York City, but Lennon was still barred from entering 'Merka. The Bahamas, which Lennon had visited during the making of "Help," was considered too far away to bring the press. Finally they settled on Montreal. Here's how the Canadian Broadcasting Company covered some of it:







However, not everyone was enthralled. Al Capp, the cartoonist best known for L'il Abner -- Yeah, THAT AL Capp -- was invited to the hotel suite for what turned out to be a very contentious debate:







On June 1st a gathering recorded Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" in the same hotel room. Included were with Dick Gregory, Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary, Toronto Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, musician Petula Clark, and members of the Canadian Radha Krishna Temple. It's a sing-a-long:







Here are John & Yoko talking to some of those people:







On the 30th Apple Records released "The Ballad of John and Yoko" in the U.K. and 5 days later in 'Merka, on June 4th. The only Beatles on this recording are John Lennon, and Paul McCartney, who recorded in a hurry one evening while Ringo was filming "The Magic Christian" and George was on holiday. Christ, you know it ain't easy:








This was The Beatles last #1 U.K. single.