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It was the seventh single release by Lennon Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / Give Peace A Chance (Live) (Edit) - Melissa Etheridge - Happy Xmas his work with the Beatles. The song reached number four in the UK, where its release was delayed until Novemberand has periodically reemerged on the UK Singles Chartmost notably after Lennon's death in Decemberwhen it peaked at number two. Also a protest song against the Vietnam War"Happy Xmas War Is Over " has since become a Christmas standardfrequently recorded by other artists, appearing on compilation albums of seasonal music, and named in polls as a holiday favourite.
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In late Octoberwith not much more than bare-bones melody and half-formed lyrics, Lennon recorded an acoustic guitar demo of "Happy Xmas War Is Over " in his rooms at the St. Ono would receive co-writing credit, but the actual extent of her contribution at this initial stage is unclear since she did not participate in the demo, which was atypical of their collaborations.
Another demo of the song was made in late October, after the couple had taken an apartment in Greenwich Village. The first recording session was held the evening of Thursday, 28 October, at the Record Plant studio. After the session musicians — some of whom had performed at one time or another as members of the Plastic Ono Band — laid down the basic instrumental backing and overdub tracks, Lennon and Ono added the main vocals.
One of the four guitarists present filled in for Klaus Voormann on bass when his flight from Germany was delayed. Ono and the session musicians, including Voormann, recorded the single's B-side"Listen, the Snow Is Falling", the following day. The Harlem Community Choir — featuring thirty children, most of them four to twelve years of age — came to the studio on the afternoon of 31 October, to record backing vocals for the counter-melody and sing-along chorus. Photographs for the original sleeve cover were also taken during that session by Iain Macmillan.
Lyric sheets accompanying the compilation albums Shaved Fish and Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / Give Peace A Chance (Live) (Edit) - Melissa Etheridge - Happy Xmas John Lennon Collection erroneously transcribe this introduction as, "Happy Christmas, Yoko. Happy Christmas, John. When Lennon first played his demo for Phil Spector, the producer remarked that the song's opening Life Goes On - 2Pac - All Eyez On Me, "So this is Christmas…", was rhythmically identical to the single " I Love How You Love Me " by the Paris Sisterswhich Spector himself had produced.
At the recording studio, Lennon instructed the guitarists to incorporate mandolin -style riffs similar to the ones heard in " Try Some, Buy Some ", a single that Spector and George Harrison had produced in February for his wife, Ronnie Spectorformerly of the Ronettes.
Spector also included percussion instruments of the sort he used on the album A Christmas Gift for You. In addition to these reappropriated elements, the chords and melodic structure of "Happy Xmas War Is Over " are similar to the traditional English ballad " Skewball ", but with a different rhythmic meter, subsequent modulations and a wholly new and different chorus countermelody.
The verses of the song are closest in structure to the rendition titled "Stewball" by Peter, Paul and Mary. Issued in 7" single format on transparent green vinyl with a card-stock picture sleeve, the pressing bore two label variations, one of which displayed a sequence of five images that showed Lennon's face transforming into Ono's.
The song's first album appearance was on Shaved Fishthe only compilation of Lennon's solo recordings released during his lifetime. Over the years, "Happy Xmas War Is Over " has been reissued in a number of single formats by CapitolGeffen and Parlophonesometimes in conjunction with the release of albums collecting both Lennon's work.
A rough mix produced during the first recording session on 28 October was released in on the John Lennon Anthology. It consisted of images from Lennon and Ono's "War is Over! The video is composed of documentary footage, mostly depicting children, from the Vietnam War, in addition to recent scenes from various conflicts in the Horn of Africathe Bosnian Warthe 11 September attack in New York City, and the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The most notable of these Major Lazer Feat.
Justin Bieber & MØ - Cold Water (File) occurred immediately following Lennon's death on 8 December The single peaked at number 2 — behind another reissued Lennon single, " Imagine " — and remained on the chart for nine weeks. In recent decades, "Happy Xmas War Is Over " has gained a higher profile in the cultural mainstream due to an increasing proliferation of recordings by other musical artists, most having been recorded during the last ten years [ when? The first was released on 17 October by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan along with her album Wintersongwhich was the best-selling Christmas album of the year and a Grammy nominee.
Entering the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at number 22 on the week ending 9 Decemberit climbed to a peak position of number 5, four weeks later. It debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot and number 41 on the Pop Echoes In My Mind - Various - The Warriors (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) the week ending 31 Decemberbut stayed on the respective charts for only one more week.
Other notable recordings of "Happy Xmas War Is Over " include a version on the album Standards by The Alarma in-concert performance by Melissa Etheridgethe version by South African band Toxic Shame  the single release by Maroon 5and a version by mash-up band Beatallica on the album Winter Plunderband. This version was made available for purchase on the music download site iTunesand proceeds were donated to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
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