01 Dec 45 Years Since John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”
John Lennon -"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
On this day in 1971, Apple Records and John Lennon put out the Christmas single “Happy Xmas (War Is Over!)” by John and Yoko /Plastic Ono Band.
The 7th single released by Lennon outside of his work with the Beatles, the song reached number 4 in the UK despite being delayed in the country until November 1972 and spiked periodically over the following years including reaching number 2 after his death in 1980. Produced by the notorious Phil Spector, “Happy Xmas (War is Over!)” is a Christmas classic covered by countless classic artists and appears on numerous compilation albums since it’s release 45 years ago.
The music video was released with the John Lennon Video Collection on VHS in 1993, and features shots from the 1969 peace campaign interspersed with images of John and Yoko with their children.