ON THIS DATE (39 YEARS AGO)
May 7, 1973 – George Harrison: “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” b/w “Miss O’Dell” 45 single (Apple 1862) is released in the US.
“Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)” is a song by George Harrison and the opening track on his 1973 album Living in the Material World. One of Harrison’s best-known compositions, the song was released as a single in May that year, peaking at number 1 in the United States and making the top 10 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.
The “Give Me Love” single was issued in advance of the album, on 7 May in America and 25 May in Britain, topping the Billboard Hot 100 at the end of June (for one week) and climbing to number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. Repeating the feat of January 1971, when “My Sweet Lord” and All Things Must Pass both sat atop the Billboard charts simultaneously, the single hit number 1 part-way through Living in the Material World’s five-week reign on the albums listings.
“Give Me Love” replaced “My Love”, by former bandmate McCartney’s group Wings, at number 1 on the Hot 100 singles chart, and in turn was replaced by Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles”. Preston had long been associated with the Beatles name, having played with the band during sessions for their Let It Be and Abbey Road albums in 1969 and subsequently contributing to numerous solo sessions for Harrison and John Lennon. For the week ending 30 June 1973, the Harrison, McCartney and Preston songs were ranked numbers 1, 2 and 3, respectively − marking the only time that two of The Beatles occupied the top two chart positions in America after the group’s break-up.