Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's Nothing Important

With their duties in Syracuse finished, John and Yoko returned to their suite at the St. Regis in New York City. On October 25th, they were interviewed there by David Wigg for BBC Radio's Scene And Heard, broadcast over three weeks in November. Here is a 17-minute composite from two separate broadcasts and the raw tape (as released in 1976 on The Beatles Tapes With David Wigg).

John and Yoko went back into the studio with Phil Spector on October 28th, recording their next single at the Record Plant, as well as mixing the live recording with Frank Zappa's band from June. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" was released as a single in the US on December 6th, probably too late to take advantage of Christmas airplay, as it failed to chart. It didn't even come out in the UK until the following year, but has grown to become a holiday standard:

During the first week of November, John and Yoko moved out of the St. Regis and into an apartment on Bank Street in Greenwich Village. One of their first visitors was reporter Don Singleton, who was preparing a profile on Yoko for the Daily News. As part of his research, he spoke to John at length (and very candidly and profanely) about the Syracuse exhibit and Yoko's standing in the art world, while builders worked in the background.


  1. Unbelievable, I can listen to these guys read the phone book! And I definitely can't get enough John Lennon interviews!! Thank you, O Wise One!!!


  3. So funny, in this interview (and also in the Scott Muni interview), John uses Elton John as an example of someone who's work he doesn't "dig"! Ha! Sean's godfather! Obviously he hadn't met Elton yet!!

  4. Supposedly Elton visited the Beatles in the Studio or at least this is what some fan back then reported.
    BTW if you can`t see the video try hidemyass.com.

  5. can somebody upload the don singleton interview please?