JOHN LENNON "HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
A personal Christmas favourite of mine, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was originally released on 24th Nov 1972 (Dec 1971 in the U.S.) by John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir, and reached #4 in the UK.
However, following Lennon's death on 8th Dec 1980, the single was re-released on Dec 20th 1980 and reached #2. The single was not released in the UK until 24th Nov 1982 due to a row between Northern Songs and Lennon over the publishing rights.
The protest song about the Vietnam war was a non-album single, and was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It failed to chart in the U.S.
This is the single sleeve from the 1982 re-issue for the United States.