|UK Release Date||24 October 1969|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple APPLES 1001|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||8|
|Peak UK Chart Position||14|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||APPLES 1001A-1U / APPLES 1001B-1U|
Released on 24 October 1969 in the UK and 20 October 1969 in the US, Give Peace A Chance spent eight weeks in the UK charts peaking at number 14 whilst it managed to reach number 30 in the US charts. John originally wanted it to be a Beatles single but this idea was vetoed by the others due to the subject matter. Not happy about this John released it under the Plastic Ono Band, who on this occasion were John, Yoko, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Ringo Starr, and also, for the first time, did not give Paul a writing credit.
At the end of November 1969 John returned his MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in “this Nigeria-Biafra thing” and “against our support of America in Vietnam” and also added, to lighten the mood, that it was also against Cold Turkey Slipping down the charts.
Details of the 2 copies I own are shown below. I also have a “Golden 45” single where Cold Turkey is paired with Give Peace A Chance – details can be found here
First Press, Solid Centre
The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers APPLES 1001A-1U and APPLES 1001B-1U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. The record is in excellent condition both visually and playing wise although it does have a little writing on the A side label (see pic). The original picture sleeve is in very good condition, it has a few creases, a little ringwear and and a name written at the opening on the rear (see pics).
Estimated Value : £10
Second Press Push Out Centre
The pictures below are of my push out centre second press copy which has the matrix numbers APPLES 1001A-1U and APPLES 1001B-2U and also has a KT tax code in the run off. If you check the B side label at 9 o’clock you’ll see that it says “Ono Music Ltd”, a first press will say “Apple Publishing Ltd” like the first press solid centre above. The record is in excellent condition both visually and playing wise, maybe the odd touch of very light crackle. At the moment it’s housed in a plain black sleeve.
Estimated Value : £5