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John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

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    John Lennon & Yoko Ono: vocals
    John Lennon; guitar
    Klaus Voormann: bass
    Hugh McCracken: guitar
    Nicky Hopkins: piano, chimes
    The Harlem Community Choir: vocals

    Produced by John & Yoko & Phil Spector
    Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, 28th October 1971
    "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono and released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. The song did not chart in the U.S. but reached #4 on the British singles chart (where release was delayed until 1972). Ostensibly a protest song about the Vietnam War, it has become a Christmas standard and has appeared on several Christmas albums.

    The lyric is based on a campaign in late 1969 by Lennon and Ono, who rented billboards and posters in eleven major cities around the world that read: "WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It) Happy Christmas from John and Yoko". In 1971, the US was deeply entrenched in the unpopular Vietnam War. The line "War is over, if you want it, war is over, now!", as sung by the background vocals, was taken directly from the billboards.

    Vocals: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Harlem Community Choir
    Guitar and bass guitar: Hugh McCracken, Chris Osborn, Teddy Irwin, Stuart Scharf
    Keyboards, chimes and glockenspiel: Nicky Hopkins, Yoko Ono
    Drums and sleigh bells: Jim Keltner

    Released by: Apple
    Release date: Dec 6, 1971


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