Elton John & John Lennon together on Thanksgiving in 1974

Elton John was joined on stage by John Lennon

at Elton's Madison Square Garden Concert

On Thanksgiving ~ November 28th of 1974

Together Elton John and John Lennon

performed three numbers

~ Whatever Gets You Through the Night

~ Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

~ I Saw Her Standing There


John Lennon had promised the flamboyant rocker 

that he would make a stage appearance with him

if his Whatever Gets You Through the Night became a #1 hit

Whatever Gets You Through the Night

written by John Lennon

Released on Apple Records

September 23rd of 1974 in the US

October 4th of 1974 in the UK

The single peaked at number 1

on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100


The musicians who performed on the original recording

John Lennon – lead vocals, guitar

Elton John – harmony vocals, piano

Ken Ascher – clavinet

Jesse Ed Davis – electric guitar

Arthur Jenkins – percussion

Jim Keltner – drums

Bobby Keys – saxophone

Ron Aprea – saxophone

Eddie Mottau – acoustic guitar

Klaus Voormann – bass


The musicians who performed on the 1974 live recording

John Lennon – guitar, vocals

Elton John – harmony vocal, piano

Dee Murray – bass

Nigel Olsson – drums

Ray Cooper – percussion

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