In contrast to the heavily political Some Time In New York City, Mind Games was well received by the public. The album reached number 13 in the United Kingdom, and was certified gold in May 1974. It spent a total of 12 weeks in the UK album charts.
In the United States it had been released on 2 November 1973. It peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, was certified gold, and spent 31 weeks on the chart.
Tony King, who worked as a promotions executive for Apple Records in Los Angeles, encouraged Lennon to give several print and radio interviews in support of the album.
While he had been with Yoko he had been involved with all these semi-subversive activities, which had not given him a great reputation in America. He said to me at the time, ‘Look, I’ve got this album, what do you think I should do?’ I said, ‘Honestly, you’ve got to go out and make a few friends, because you’ve lost a bit of support because you’ve been involved with things of a controversial nature.’ So he said, ‘Fine, you organise it, I’ll do it.’ And he did.
Lennon And McCartney Together Alone
Also on this day...
- 2010: Apple announces The Beatles on iTunes
- 2009: Paul McCartney awarded the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
- 1993: US album release: Paul Is Live by Paul McCartney
- 1984: UK single release: Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him by John Lennon
- 1973: UK single release: Mind Games by John Lennon
- 1965: Paul McCartney compères for Gene Pitney
- 1965: George Martin decides the running order for Rubber Soul
- 1964: Television: Top Of The Pops
- 1963: Live: Winter Gardens Theatre, Bournemouth
- 1962: Radio: The Friday Spectacular
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1957: Live: Stanley Abattoir social club, Liverpool
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