JOHN LENNON - WOMAN (1981)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Released on 16th January 1981 (a month after John Lennon was murdered), "Woman" was penned an ode to John Lennon's wife Yoko Onol and made #1 in the UK and #2 in the U.S. and Switzerland.
The single was taken from the 1980 album Double Fantasy which achieved 3x Platinum in the U.S. and Platinum in the UK. Initially, the album received bad reviews, but it became a worldwide hit after John Lennon was murdered.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the vinyl single sleeve of Woman
In the UK, the song knocked Lennon's other re-release of Imagine off the top of the charts. In the U.S. it spent three weeks at #2 and was kept off the top spot in the first week by Blondies' Rapture.
The B-side features the song "Beautiful Boys" by Yoko Ono.
The lead guitar parts were played by Earl Slick (who also often played for David Bowie) and Hugh McCracken. Tony Levin played bass. Additional piani and synth parts were played by George Small. Andy Newmark played drums and Arthur Jenkins providied percussion.
Overall, the former Beatle had three solo number one hits in the UK, the other two being "Imagine" and "(Just Like) Starting Over".