Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recover From The Trip

After the satisfaction of their One To One benefit performance in August 1972, John and Yoko's world slowly began to fall apart. They spent most of October and November at the Record Plant, mixing the concert tapes and recording new numbers for a Yoko Ono album, Approximately Infinite Universe.

On November 7th, Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide, striking a major blow to John's chances of staying in the country. Drunk and demoralized, he spent the night at a party blatantly cheating on Yoko within earshot of his wife and their chagrined comrades. Little would be heard from the couple for several months.

Meanwhile, Wings had spent more time in the studio following their European tour and emerged with a fantastic single, "Hi Hi Hi"/"C Moon", issued December 1st in the UK and three days later in the US. Paul and Linda recorded a goofy radio commercial to promote the single, and the band filmed clips for both songs on November 25th:

George Harrison had amazed the music world with the twin triumphs of All Things Must Pass and the Concert for Bangla Desh in 1971, then all but disappeared throughout 1972. It wasn't until October that he finally returned to the recording studio, taping new compositions for the LP Living In The Material World.

Ringo joined George as session drummer when he wasn't busy filming or attending premieres. On December 11th, he was at the London opening of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, and on the 17th, he and Marc Bolan attended the gala premiere of their concert film Born To Boogie:

John and Yoko's film of the One To One concert was aired on ABC-TV the night of December 15th. On that evening's Eyewitness News on WABC in New York, Geraldo Rivera reported on the money raised by the benefit and previewed the telecast.

While none of the ex-Fabs had an exemplary musical output in 1972, 1973 would be a tremendous improvement for all four. Ringo's "Back Off Boogaloo" was chosen to conclude the December 28th Top Of The Pops year-end edition:

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