July 7, 1960 ~ Lennon releases Give Peace a Chance in the US. Recorded on May 31, 1969 at their bed-in in Montreal designed to promote world peace. Many visited them over their 8-day stay, including Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg. Smothers also played guitar on this. Along with his brother, Dick, Smothers had a TV show from 1967-1969 called The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour. The show was canceled after Tommy complained about CBS censoring their political skits.
It was Lennon’s first hit after the Beatles break. It became an antham of the anti-war movement.