The single was issued 10 days after its UK counterpart, and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The UK b-side, meanwhile, was Ono’s song ‘Open Your Box’, the lyrics of which were judged to be “distasteful” by Philip Brodie, EMI’s managing director.
The offending lines included the words: “Open your box, open your legs, open your world, open, open, open”. Rather than re-record them, the song was remixed and echo applied to hide the meaning.
This song has been banned and I believe it is because I am a woman. One of the reasons is because the word ‘box’ has many different meanings, especially in America, where it refers to a certain part of a woman’s body. If a man makes a statement like that, he can easily get away with it. I think the fact that it was a woman supposedly making an obscene statement really shocked people.
Lennon put it more succinctly: “I don’t know what the hell ‘box’ means in America. Apparently it means crotch, or whatever.”
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram to be reissued
- 1976: US album release: Wings At The Speed Of Sound by Wings
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Within You Without You
- 1965: Travel: Austria to England
- 1965: US album release: The Early Beatles
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster
- 1963: UK album release: Please Please Me
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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