Free As A Bird
The Beatles
Beatles 1996 Free As A Bird 45

Free as a bird
It's the next best thing to be
Free as a bird

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1996
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart in 1995
  • from the album Anthology 1 (1995)
  • Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was asked by Paul McCartney in late 1993 for any unreleased Lennon material to use to promote the "Beatles Anthology" video documentary and album. She provided "Free as a Bird".
  • the song had been written and recorded as a demo by John Lennon in 1977 on a portable cassette tape recorder with John on vocals and piano
  • in early 1994 Paul, George and Ringo recorded the Beatles version of "Free As A Bird" at McCartney's home studio
  • the song and video were released on Nov 19, 1995
  • 1996 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Group With Vocal
  • original composition by John Lennon; Beatles version by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starkey
  • this is one of only four Beatles songs where all four Beatles are listed as composers - the other three are "Flying", "Los Paranoias" and "12-Bar Original"
  • produced by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne
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