Give Peace A Chance was written by John Lennon but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was recorded by John Lennon and Tom Smothers in 1969. It was recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada. The recording features Yoko Ono, Timothy Leary,Petula Clark,Derek Taylor, Murray the K, Allen Ginsberg and Dick Gregory among others on backing vocals, handclaps and tambourine. A recording made during rehearsals was released in 1998 on The John Lennon Anthology. The song was produced by André Perry, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and was released as a single credited to Plastic Ono Band. It was their debut single. The B-side was Remember Love. The single reached number two on the UK Singles chart and number fourteen on the Billboard chart. Plastic Ono Band performed the song live in Toronto in 1969. That version was released on the 1969 album Live Peace In Toronto 1969. The song was part of John Lennon’s repertoire. An excerpt of a live version recorded in 1972 was added to the end of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) on the 1975 album Shaved Fish. Another live excerpt recorded in 1972 was released on the 1986 album Live In New York City. Give Peace A Chance was played during a jam session for John Lennon’s birthday in 1971. The jam included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector among others.
The song was recorded by Peace Choir in 1991. That version included additional lyrics written by Sean Lennon. Peace Choir included Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, and Randy Newman among others. Liverpudlian singer Gerry Marsden recorded the song in 1995. Yoko Ono recorded a version of the song in 2004. That version included the original chorus along with newly-recorded spoken word lyrics written by Yoko Ono. A version recorded by The Voices Of Asia in 2005 features the original chorus along with new lyrics. Yoko Ono remixed the song in 2008. Between 2008 and 2009 Yoko Ono released a total of 27 remixes of Give Peace A Chance. The Blow-Up Electrono Mix released in 2009 reached number one on the Billboard Dance chart. Paul McCartney has performed the song live. He performed the song as part of a John Lennon medley in 1990.The medley was released on the 1990 single All My Trials. A live version, performed as a medley with A Day In The Life, was released in 2009 on the album Good Evening New York City. The song is part of the repertoire of Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band and is sung by Ringo Starr. A live version recorded in 2008 was released on the 2010 album Live At The Greek Theatre 2008.
Now Hear This: Give Peace A Chance (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/Give Peace A Chance (Reprise) – John Lennon (1975)
Give Peace A Chance (live) – John Lennon (1986)
Strawberry Fields Forever / Help / Give Peace A Chance – Paul McCartney (1990)
Give Peace A Chance – Peace Choir (1991)
Give Peace A Chance – Gerry Marsden (1995)
Give Peace A Chance (rehearsal) – John Lennon (1998)
Give Peace A Chance – Yoko Ono (2004)
Give Peace A Chance – The Voices Of Asia (2005)
Give Peace A Chance (Blow-Up Electrono Mix) – Yoko Ono (2009)
A Day In The Life/ Give Peace A Chance – Paul McCartney (2009)
Give Peace A Chance – Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band (2010)