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 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’.
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.
Also on this day...
- 2021: Phil Spector dies
- 1980: Paul McCartney is arrested in Japan for marijuana possession
- 1970: John Lennon’s Bag One exhibition is raided by police
- 1967: Joe Orton begins writing a script for The Beatles’ third film
- 1965: Live: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1964: The Beatles reach number one in America
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1963: Radio: Here We Go
- 1963: Television: People And Places
- 1957: The Cavern Club opens in Mathew Street, Liverpool
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.