The b-side of ‘Woman’ was another Double Fantasy track, Yoko Ono’s ‘Beautiful Boys’.
‘Woman’ was the first single released after Lennon’s death. It was issued on 12 January 1981 in the United States, and four days later in the UK.
In the US it peaked at number two, remaining there for three weeks. It fared better in New Zealand, where it topped the singles chart for five weeks.
In the UK ‘Woman’ spent two weeks at number one, and was in the charts for a total of 11 weeks. It was Lennon’s third chart-topper in a row, following ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ and ‘Imagine’.
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- 1963: Live: Invicta Ballroom, Chatham
- 1962: Live: Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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