John Lennon's 'Walls And Bridges' album was released today in 1974

September 26, 2016

'Walls and Bridges' is the fifth studio album by John Lennon 

issued by Apple Records on September 26th of 1974

in the United States and on October 4th in the United Kingdom


Lennon wrote, recorded, and released Walls and Bridges

during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono


The album captures Lennon in the midst of his "Lost Weekend"

Walls and Bridges was an American Billboard number one album

and featured two hit singles

'Whatever Gets You thru the Night'

'#9 Dream'


'Whatever Gets You thru the Night' recorded with Elton John

was Lennon's first number one hit in the United States as a solo artist

and his only chart-topping single

in either the US or Britain during his lifetime

in either the US or Britain during his lifetime



  • John Lennon – arrangements, vocals (lead, harmony, and background), lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, whistling, percussion, production

Plastic Ono Nuclear Band

  • Ken Ascher – electric piano, clavinet, Mellotron

  • Jim Keltner – drums

  • Arthur Jenkins – percussion

  • Nicky Hopkins – piano

  • Klaus Voormann – bass

  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone

  • Ron Aprea - tenor saxophone

  • Jesse Ed Davis – acoustic guitar, lead guitar

  • Eddie Mottau – acoustic guitar

Additional personnel

  • Strings and brass musicians from The Philharmonic Orchestrange – arranged and conducted by Ken Ascher.

  • Little Big Horns – Ron Aprea (alto saxophone), Bobby Keys (tenor saxophone), Frank Vicari (tenor saxophone), Howard Johnson (baritone and bass saxophone) and Steve Madaio (trumpet).

  • Julian Lennon – drums on "Ya Ya".

  • Elton John – piano and harmony vocals on "Whatever Gets you thru the Night" and Hammond organ and background vocals on "Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)"

  • Harry Nilsson – backing vocals on "Old Dirt Road".

  • The 44th Street Fairies: Joey Dambra, Lori Burton and May Pang – background vocals on "#9 Dream".

  • Shelly Yakus – engineer

  • Jimmy Iovine – overdub engineer

  • Roy Cicala – remix engineer

  • May Pang – production coordinator

  • Roy Kohara – art direction

  • Bob Gruen – photography




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