Instant Karma at 50

John Lennon's song was an instant hit

February 7, 2020
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"We all shine on...like the moon and the stars and sun...."

Can you believe we've been singing that song for 50 years! It was released in England Feb. 6th, and in the US on Feb. 20th, 1970.

Written, produced, and released within 10 days, while John was still officially a Beatle, "Instant Karma" has become one of Lennon's most beloved songs.

Here are some things you may not know about the song.

1. The song features two Beatles. George plays electric guitar and sings backup on the song. One of the guys sometimes called the 5th Beatle, Billy Preston, plays Hammond organ on the song. 

2. It was the first solo Beatles single to sell a million copies.

3. It was one of the most quickly released songs in music history. Lennon said he "wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we're putting it out for dinner".

4. The background singers were recruited from a nearby nightclub.

5. Author Stephen King said he got the title for his book "The Shining" from the line "We All Shine On."