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1974

Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
Produced by John lennon

Track Listing

  1. 3:27

  2. 3:31

Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

1974

‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’ was released as the first single from ‘Walls and Bridges‘ on 23 September 1974. It became John’s first solo No.1 single in the USA and featured Elton John performing backing vocals and piano.

“I was fiddling about one night and Elton John walked in with Tony King of Apple — you know, we’re all good friends — and the next minute Elton said, ‘Say, can I put a bit of piano on that?’ I said, ‘Sure, love it!’ He zapped in. I was amazed at his ability: I knew him, but I’d never seen him play. A fine musician, great piano player. I was really pleasantly surprised at the way he could get in on such a loose track and add to it and keep up with the rhythm changes — obviously, ’cause it doesn’t keep the same rhythm… And then he sang with me. We had a great time.”

– John Lennon, 1974

Sleeve notes

Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
John Lennon: vocals, guitar
Elton John: vocals, piano, organ
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Eddie Mottau: acoustic guitar
Bobby Keys: saxophone
Ken Ascher: clavinet
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Arthur Jenkins: percussion
Jim Keltner: drums
Written by John Lennon
Produced by John Lennon

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John Lennon: electric guitar
Jesse Ed Davis: electric guitar
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Arthur Jenkins: percussion
Jim Keltner: drums
Bobby Keys, Steve Madaio, Howard Johnson, Ron Aprea, Frank Vicari: horns
Various: vocals
Written John Lennon
Produced by John Lennon

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