2025 Cold Turkey – The Plastic Ono Band (1969)

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Yoko Ono and John Lennon.

Cold Turkey was written by John Lennon and was recorded by The Plastic Ono Band in 1969. The Plastic Ono Band performed the song live at the Toronto Rock And Roll Revival festival in Toronto, Canada in September 1969. The band included Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and Alan White. The performance was recorded and was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was released on The Plastic Ono Band’s 1969 album Live Peace In Toronto 1969.

2016 Cold Turkey – Plastic Ono Band (1969)

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Cold Turkey.

Cold Turkey was written by John Lennon. It was recorded by Plastic Ono Band in 1969. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The recording features Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass, and Ringo Starr on drums. Cold Turkey was released as a single on the Apple Records label in 1969. The B-side was Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For A Hand In The Snow). The single reached number twelve on the UK Singles chart and number thirty on the Billboard chart. The song was part of John Lennon’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Live Peace In Toronto 1969 (1969), Some Time In New York City (1972), and Live In New York City (1986). The version released on Some Time In New York City features George Harrison on guitar.

Now Hear This: Cold Turkey (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1969)
Cold Turkey (live) – Plastic Ono Band (1972)
Cold Turkey (live) – John Lennon (1986)

0255 I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ real name was Jalacy Hawkins. He wrote and recorded this song in 1956. It was released as a single with Little Demon on the B-side. The song has been covered by The Alan Price Set, The Animals, Joe Cocker, Nina Simone and Manfred Mann. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ vocal style is similar to John Lennon’s at the end of the song Cold Turkey.

Now Hear This : Cold Turkey – John Lennon (1969)