Submitted by Don Graham
If nothing else, John Lennon was a passionate man. Everything he did, he did fully and totally committed. From his drive to get the Beatles to the top, his ardent and honest plea to “Give Peace a Chance” and his unfailing devotion to Yoko Ono, Lennon had it cranked to eleven.
During his “bed-in” in Montreal Quebec, Lennon was asked “Why are you doing this, staying in bed?” to which he replied “just trying to give peace a chance!” He repeated that sentence several times in the next little while and decided to make it song and on June 1st, 1969 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel Suite 1742, in downtown Montreal a remote recording was arranged and history was made. John played his guitar in bed and Tommy Smothers joined in. And guarding the microphone (" Don't let that thing jiggle") while Lennon sang was Montreal Gazette reporter Dave Bist.
Dave Bist and I went to Kensington Elementary School together and when I contacted him he generously agreed to let me use parts of his published story of the historic event! This is history folks, from a man who was there!
“This is how it started, according to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel's security log book for Monday, May 26, 1969, as recorded by a Mr. David: At approximately 10:45 p.m. Mr. Lennon phoned to let me know he would be arriving by 11:15 p.m. At this time, I told him that some protection could be given but he would...