|UK Release Date||4 October 1974|
|UK Catalogue Number||Apple R 5998|
|Weeks On UK Chart (to date)||4|
|Peak UK Chart Position||36|
|Lowest Matrix Numbers||7YCE 21749-1U / 7YCE 21750-1U|
Released on 4 October 1974 in the UK and two weeks earlier on 23 September 1974 in the US, Whatever Gets You Thru The Night spent only four weeks in the UK charts peaking at number 36 whilst it managed to reach the top spot in the US charts. This was John’s first, and only, solo number 1 single during his lifetime and surprisingly he was the last ex Beatle to have a number 1.
Elton John appears on the track and bet John that it would reach number 1. John was sceptical about it being able to so agreed that he’d appear on stage at one of Elton’s gigs to sing it with him if it did. Obviously John lost this wager so appeared with Elton at Madison Square Gardens on 28 November 1974 where they sang this, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Paul’s I Saw Her Standing There. It was strange that he chose one of Paul’s songs to sing but, in a way, touching that it was the last song that he would ever perform live on a concert stage.
The pictures below are of my push out centre first press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21749-1U and 7YCE 21750-1U. It also has a hand etched TT in the run off on the A side and a hand etched TONE (I think) on the run off of the B side. The record is in very good condition, playing through with the odd bit of light crackle. Unfortunately there’s a name written lightly in pen on the A side label (see pic). This was the first of John’s singles not to come in a picture sleeve – mine is just in a plain black sleeve.
Estimated Value : £5