The single was not a commercial success, and failed to chart. The main factor was the lack of promotion it received, mostly due to it being recorded so late in the year.
It was available on green or black vinyl, and issued as APPLE 1842.
In the United Kingdom a dispute over Yoko Ono’s contribution to the songwriting meant its release was delayed until 24 November 1972. It was eventually issued as Apple R 5870, and peaked at number four on the singles chart.
The song was reissued in the UK following Lennon’s death in 1980, and reached number two. It also charted on the following two years, and occasionally in subsequent years.
Also on this day...
- 2011: Paul McCartney live at Lanxess Arena, Köln, Germany
- 1972: UK single release: Hi, Hi, Hi by Wings
- 1969: Ringo Starr is interviewed for the BBC’s Line-Up
- 1969: The final Beatles Book monthly magazine is published
- 1964: Ringo Starr goes into hospital
- 1963: Live: De Montfort Hall, Leicester
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Live: Memorial Hall, Northwich
- 1961: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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