2531 The Ballad of John And Yoko
Production credits unknown
Released on May 1969
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2531 wo. picture sleeve
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O riginally released as a standalone single (their last) and later included on the catch-all compilation Hey Jude. “The Ballad of John and Yoko” is John’s take on the recent travails that he and wife Yoko faced in the wake of their marriage. The song was apparently banned by some radio stations (including the Beeb) for the line “Christ, you know it ain’t easy.” It features only John (guitar, vocals) and Paul McCartney (everything else) and was conceived and recorded in the same day. To give credit where it’s due, these tidbits come from the web site Songfacts, where you’ll also learn that this is The Beatles’ first stereo single. Paul later revisited the A side's tropical arrangement for the song “Hot Sun” from his first solo elpee. The B side is a fine track from George Harrison that also turned up on Hey Jude and features all four Beatles. The ending always reminds me of The Stones.


  1. THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO    (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)    2:58
  2. OLD BROWN SHOE    (George Harrison)    3:17


return to THE BEATLES discography

UK May 1969 Apple 7" R5786  
US/CAN May 1969 Apple 7" 2531 picture sleeve
AUS'L   Apple 7" A-8793  
FRA   Apple 7" 2C 006 04108 picture sleeve
GER   Apple 7" C006 04108 picture sleeve
ITA 1969 Apple 7" QMSP 16456 picture sleeve
JPN   Apple 7" EAR-20240 gatefold picture sleeve, lyric insert
NZ 1969 Apple 7" NZP3329  
YUG   Apple/Jugoton 7" SAP 8304  
US 1975 Apple 7" 2531 w. All Rights Reserved on label
UK 1976 Apple 7" R5786 green picture sleeve
US 1978 Capitol 7" 2531 purple label
US 1983 Capitol 7" 2531 black label w. colorband
US 1988 Capitol 7" 2531 purple label w. smooth edges
UK May 1989 Apple 7"/7PIC R/RP5786 20th anniversary, avail. as picture disc
UK 1991 Apple/Parlophone CDS/CSS CDR/TCR5786  

Did you know...

...that's actually George playing bass guitar on "Old Brown Shoe?" (Source: CREEM interview, 12/87)


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