Give Peace A Chance (demo) - John & Yoko, Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, 1969 (5K Music Video)


Before famously recording their legendary pacifist anthem “Give Peace A Chance” at their Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on 31 May 1969, John Lennon & Yoko Ono rehearsed an early version of the song while at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas just days before, on 25 May.
The performance, which was captured by the Lennon's film cameraman Nic Knowland and sound recordist Mike Lax, has never been released until now and is the earliest known recording of the song.
The video features John humorously ad-libbing lyrics for the verses before being joined by Yoko for the memorable chorus that became an anti-war anthem for a generation and which remains an enduring protest song more than 50 years later.
Originally set for New York, the second Bed-In was relocated to the Bahamas after John & Yoko were denied entrance into the U.S. because of John's 1968 cannabis conviction. However, due to the layout of the hotel and the sweltering Bahamian heat, the couple flew to Toronto the following day and eventually settled in Montreal, chosen for its close proximity to New York and the American press, which they were hoping to use to get the attention of President Nixon.
The couple holed up in the hotel for a week where they gave unlimited access and endless interviews, in order that their extended honeymoon serve as a “commercial for peace.” The event culminated with the recording of John’s first solo single and the first to be credited to the Plastic Ono Band, “Give Peace A Chance.”
Surrounded by fans, Hare Krishnas and having spent the week with a host of notable friends and celebrities like LSD advocate Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, disc jockey Murray The K, comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory and comedian Tommy Smothers, who accompanied on acoustic guitar, John and Yoko performed the song in bed, dressed in their pyjamas and helped provide the soundtrack to a revolution.
Released just a month later in July 1969, backed with Yoko’s “Remember Love,” recorded that same night after their guests had left, the single reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 14 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, giving John his first hit outside of The Beatles.
Although originally credited to Lennon-McCartney due to his publishing agreemeent with Paul, John later revealed the song was written by him and Yoko and that she should have received the co-writing credit.
John said one of his proudest moments was when Peter Seeger led a crowd of over 500,000 protesters in singing a ten-minute version of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ at the Vietnam moratorium in Washington DC on 15 November 1969.
Written and performed by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
© Sony /ATV Music Publishing LLC
℗ Calderstone Productions Limited (a division of Universal Music Group)
Directed & Produced by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1969
Film Cameraman: Nic Knowland, 1969
Sound Recordist: Mike Lax, 1969
Audio remastered by Sam Gannon, 2021
Visual restoration by David Frearson, 2021
Editor & Production Manager Simon Hilton, 2021


  • Maxim Popov
    Maxim Popov14 שעות לפני

    Thanks God tRump is over... Peace Love and Democracy 💙

  • Maxim Popov
    Maxim Popov14 שעות לפני

    Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away. ~ John Lennon.

  • Louis Robert
    Louis Robert3 ימים לפני

    good rough stuff

  • Larissa Martins
    Larissa Martins6 ימים לפני

    Que delícia de casal💙

  • Bats Records
    Bats Records6 ימים לפני

    great song ! thumbs up

  • Roy will
    Roy will6 ימים לפני

    Just becuz there’s bad religious and Christians out there don’t mean Christ Jesus ain’t real, always remember that. It’s painful to see millions and billions representing God and Christ the incorrect way n turning ppl off - BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN CHRIST AINT REAL. We’ll all have the answers some day. Be patient.

  • John Lennon
    John Lennon7 ימים לפני

    Listen to Gimme some truth, the very best of John Lennon, now in streaming, CD and vinyl

  • Robert F Sullivan
    Robert F Sullivan10 ימים לפני

    RFS Israel *

  • Ana Miguel
    Ana Miguel11 ימים לפני

    Peace and love !!! This is moment for you 🙏 Pace and love in the wolrd love forerever and love with jesus christ!!! Aleluiahh

  • Rick Davies
    Rick Davies13 ימים לפני

    I love lennon

  • tomberbers
    tomberbers13 ימים לפני

    He spend a week in bed Singing this song Beautifull

  • jon dough
    jon dough14 ימים לפני

    even when he's screwing around and having some fun, he's a creative tsunami. amazing.

  • Lívia
    Lívia15 ימים לפני

    Nunca saberei de como eram os dois realmente, mas do que dá pra saber, os dois são muito lindos, por si só e juntos 💕

  • S.Kimaux
    S.Kimaux16 ימים לפני

    John will always live in our hearts with his amazing music and lyrics come what may...

  • beatle st
    beatle st16 ימים לפני


  • SkyTheGuy04
    SkyTheGuy0416 ימים לפני

    This whole demo gives off the vibes that the demos for the white album had

  • keep dreamin
    keep dreamin16 ימים לפני

    i don't hear a difference from this version so why keep releasing this song over and over and over and over and over and over and over

  • Eugene Port
    Eugene Port16 ימים לפני

    John and George videos are always bittersweet. Gone so young esp. John.

  • David Robinson
    David Robinson17 ימים לפני

    John just knocking out a little ditty and trying to make his missus laugh. God, I miss him.

  • Yoko Queen Ono
    Yoko Queen Ono18 ימים לפני

    Yoko's smile so cute and John also! this brings a wide smile in my face just when i was blue!! Thanks yoko and john forever in debt with you two.

  • Jolanta Lizewski
    Jolanta Lizewski18 ימים לפני

    Yes,Imagine and Give peace of ......

  • George X.
    George X.18 ימים לפני

    I believe you again.....................................................

  • Karl Krogmann
    Karl Krogmann19 ימים לפני

    The original indie rocker.

  • 森田. Morita淳一郎 Junichiro
    森田. Morita淳一郎 Junichiro19 ימים לפני


  • rick
    rick20 ימים לפני

    Looks like the people that are Disliking this must be fans of Pop Tart Singers, Rap and/or K-Pop. None of which have talent and won't be remembered in 15 years let alone in 60

  • Sergey Yakovets
    Sergey Yakovets20 ימים לפני

    Спасибо!! Это супер!!!

  • Jason Lee
    Jason Lee20 ימים לפני

    We need wwide nuclear disarmament....

  • Jason Lee
    Jason Lee20 ימים לפני

    Can't wait for more 1980 footage......

  • たつニャー
    たつニャー20 ימים לפני


    ALEX BASE20 ימים לפני

    I'LL CRY INSTEAD by John Lennon/Paul McCartney

  • Lul Lel
    Lul Lel20 ימים לפני

    This song of John Lennon sounds very well.

  • Tal Moore
    Tal Moore21 יום לפני

    After all the shit we've given Yoko over the years, she still blesses us with these gifts.

  • craig rice
    craig rice21 יום לפני


  • Osmar Cesar
    Osmar Cesar21 יום לפני

    Um dos maiores gênios da música lenon obrigado

  • Marcelo de Araújo Silva - o proprietário vive !!
    Marcelo de Araújo Silva - o proprietário vive !!21 יום לפני

    Это было уже в этом году?

  • Rishav Kundu
    Rishav Kundu21 יום לפני

    People wouldn't normally listen to any artist saying mumbled words but for this man - the world will stop and listen for a while.

  • Maui Reyes

    Maui Reyes

    5 ימים לפני

    Correct. Since it was John, I listened.

  • Muhamad Ariz. A
    Muhamad Ariz. A21 יום לפני

    its such beautiful vid

    DJT FOREVER21 יום לפני

    Interesting that the description credits this to Lennon/Ono when in 1969 it was credited to Lennon/McCartney.

  • Sy Goldman
    Sy Goldman21 יום לפני

    I was 21 years old when he died. I still miss John Lennon...

  • kepko_
    kepko_22 ימים לפני

    how is john lennon still making videos what the heck!!!?!?!?!?!!

  • Vladimir Roque
    Vladimir Roque22 ימים לפני


  • Anban Medicina China
    Anban Medicina China22 ימים לפני

    Me hizo soltar un lagrimon, la simpleza y el amor.

  • Aniket Patil
    Aniket Patil22 ימים לפני

    why, just why in the world am i tearin up?!

  • Keiko Ito
    Keiko Ito22 ימים לפני


  • Janet
    Janet22 ימים לפני

    I love his voice here

  • Nino bryan Depaz
    Nino bryan Depaz22 ימים לפני

    John's bariton vioce...

  • Iqra Osman
    Iqra Osman22 ימים לפני

    What a voice

  • Janie Barker
    Janie Barker22 ימים לפני


  • Kurniadi Tan
    Kurniadi Tan22 ימים לפני

    Nobody's talking that this song (apart of the fact that it might have been the first mass peace anthem) was probably the very embryotic stage of rap music?

  • vikskywalker
    vikskywalker23 ימים לפני

    Always remember Bros before hoes 😉

  • Jack Williams
    Jack Williams23 ימים לפני

    250k views in 3 days. John Lennons legacy is still live and well

  • Hc Milan
    Hc Milan23 ימים לפני

    Poor john 😔😔🕊

  • Bufalopepe Martínez Amate
    Bufalopepe Martínez Amate23 ימים לפני

    Era de los mejores y para orejitas tiernas (Pepe)

  • Wayne King
    Wayne King23 ימים לפני

    This was hard to watch. Lennon was so embarrassing! Delusional too.

  • Lorene Trocque
    Lorene Trocque23 ימים לפני


  • Lorene Trocque
    Lorene Trocque23 ימים לפני

    J'aurais temps AIME vivre a cette époque

  • Jkc照悦Dada堀籠
    Jkc照悦Dada堀籠23 ימים לפני


  • L
    L23 ימים לפני

    Genius , for OUR DAYS ( days of dictatorships)

  • KissMyAxe
    KissMyAxe23 ימים לפני

    As long as there are two people alive on this earth, someone is going to want someone dead. I hate to say it, but I don't think peace has ever really been an option to begin with smh 😔

  • 01real1
    01real123 ימים לפני

    Yoko has a beautiful smile :-)

  • Watanabe
    Watanabe23 ימים לפני

    Fun factoid : If you wish to get your neighbours to permanently move simply play any Yoko Ono album at high volume. One play is all that is required.

  • Christian Nilsen
    Christian Nilsen23 ימים לפני

    yoko caught in 5k

  • Ann McNeal
    Ann McNeal23 ימים לפני

    John n Yoko look soo in love!💕✌🏼

  • Johnny Walker
    Johnny Walker23 ימים לפני


  • GandalfAndFerg
    GandalfAndFerg23 ימים לפני

    What are people talking about?

  • O.m Hill
    O.m Hill24 ימים לפני


  • 090NJ
    090NJ24 ימים לפני


  • Bryan Moe
    Bryan Moe24 ימים לפני

    What a beautiful voice. A great clip

  • Manuel Dominguez
    Manuel Dominguez24 ימים לפני


  • Pepe Molina
    Pepe Molina24 ימים לפני

    que horro de canción

  • Johnny Walker

    Johnny Walker

    23 ימים לפני

    Esto no es una cancion, es un himno. Que te enteres.

  • Gi Lang
    Gi Lang24 ימים לפני

    Nice chord progression...

  • Name Me
    Name Me24 ימים לפני

    His voice is magic!😍

  • Rcade now
    Rcade now24 ימים לפני

    in top 5 most important modern musicians along freddie.

  • marleide Santos
    marleide Santos24 ימים לפני


  • BGY Mix
    BGY Mix24 ימים לפני

    The quality for a 1969 video is amazing LOL

  • sam beckingsale
    sam beckingsale24 ימים לפני

    You say it loud enough and long enough , you may actually start to believe it. Then who knows.

  • Vicente Romero
    Vicente Romero24 ימים לפני

    Que calidad humana de cabron. JOHN por siempre.

  • Tony MacFarlane
    Tony MacFarlane24 ימים לפני

    I don't know about anyone else, but I am witnessing an embryonic rap style slouching towards Brooklyn to be born.

  • Nik Cawe
    Nik Cawe24 ימים לפני

    Все беды из-за баб. Джончик, нафиг сдалась тебе эта якудза?(

  • Silvio Templeman
    Silvio Templeman24 ימים לפני

    W miss you john

  • yui O
    yui O24 ימים לפני

    His song, raspy voice, the way of his glance ... everything he has in this video feels like powerful and invincible. If you read this comment, let’s sing along with John for the world .... all we are saying ... 🎶

  • Freya Wilkinson
    Freya Wilkinson24 ימים לפני

    Yoko gets a bad rep but the way she looks at john here is very sweet

  • Freya Wilkinson

    Freya Wilkinson

    20 ימים לפני

    @craig rice I agree. I think if john stayed with Cynthia he wouldn’t have written Julia, mother or my mummy’s dead

  • craig rice

    craig rice

    21 יום לפני

    I believe Yoko had a lot to do with how John grew as a person.

  • Angeles Gonzalez
    Angeles Gonzalez24 ימים לפני

    Mágico ❤🙌

  • rumble fish
    rumble fish24 ימים לפני

    this is even more rare becquse we could hear yoko doing real harmony on the spot. and suprisingly well.

  • Vincenzo Strazzulla
    Vincenzo Strazzulla24 ימים לפני

    US gun crime killed him

  • Sebastian
    Sebastian24 ימים לפני

    "Give peace a Chance".... beautiful

  • Bruno Bianchi
    Bruno Bianchi24 ימים לפני

    I miss you John 😢

  • Ana Márquez
    Ana Márquez25 ימים לפני


  • Kurt Calkins
    Kurt Calkins25 ימים לפני

  • Jorge Valdés
    Jorge Valdés25 ימים לפני

    Muy grande jhon haora faltaría un jhon chino para que lo escuchen no

  • Alvaro Antúnez
    Alvaro Antúnez25 ימים לפני

    Paul was undoubtedly more talented than John at playing the guitar. John was a very basic player guitar

  • Emma Smulders

    Emma Smulders

    23 ימים לפני

    He did some really cool things on the guitar, and some musicians who worked with him say he's underrated as a guitarist. However, objectively Paul (and Geo) were better though.

  • Johnny Walker

    Johnny Walker

    23 ימים לפני


  • mozarime
    mozarime25 ימים לפני


  • Craig Geil
    Craig Geil25 ימים לפני

    What, Yoko didn't start screeching in the middle of the song?

  • Даниил Стрельцов
    Даниил Стрельцов25 ימים לפני

    Daniel Redcliff must play him in biopic...

  • Andy
    Andy25 ימים לפני

    5k quality here is kinda useless for phone and computer screens , it might only work for big cinema screens due to high original film resolution

  • Emilia Mazur
    Emilia Mazur25 ימים לפני

    To piękne, że po tylu latach możemy obejrzeć znów Johna i Yoko. To niedouwierzenia, genialny filmik. Dzięki ❤❤❤

  • Marcel1978dt
    Marcel1978dt25 ימים לפני

    Great material! Love it! Who needs more than John and his guitar? Thanks John!

  • michaelterry1000
    michaelterry100025 ימים לפני

    This is near the end of the Beatles and he still was only in his 20s.

  • Syuzi Arakelyan
    Syuzi Arakelyan25 ימים לפני

    the girl was his gf?

  • Yani Gemdd
    Yani Gemdd25 ימים לפני

    “Everybody’s talking about what are they talking about” 😂. I’m going to do this when I play it now. Lol