Title: The Jerry Lewis Telethon
Type: TV Special
Filming Location: Americana Hotel, New York, USA
Filming Date: September 4th 1972
Broadcast Date: September 4th 1972
Country Of Broadcast: USA
Duration: 15:40 Minutes
Source: "Holy Grails, Upgrades & Reconstructions Vol 1" (HMC)
Notes: John & Yoko and Elephants Memory made an unannounced appearance on the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.
John and band performed "Imagine" then Yoko did her brand new song "Now or Never" and they finished with a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance" joined by Jerry Lewis on trumpet.
The footage from this appearance has had a long and chequered history. Since it`s live broadcast in 1972 no footage had been seen again until in December 1984 when a few seconds of "Give Peace a Chance" in black and white was screened in the Yoko documentary "Yoko Ono Lennon: Then and Now".
It seems that Bob Gruen had videotaped the appearance at the time and I`m sure John and Yoko were given a copy and that is where the footage in the Yoko TV special came from.
And that is all that was seen until in Feb 2010 34 seconds of "Imagine" in black and white was uploaded onto Youtube with the name "J. Foster" labelled across the screen and with the telethon phone numbers popping up on the screen.
This was obviously taken from an old video tape of the performance. Then in July 2016 the full, almost 16 minute, appearance was uploaded onto Youtube again in black and white and again with the "J. Foster" logo on screen.
But we didn`t have to wait too long for something better when in September 2016, again on Youtube, there appeared 2 minutes of edited footage from their appearance but in
stunning colour quality and without any of the telethon phone numbers on the screen but replacing the "J. Foster" logo was now the words "Buy Horse Doggin`"" which turned out to be a book that the owner of this footage was obviously trying to promote.
Then in June 2017 the complete footage was released on bootleg DVD by HMC in glorious unwatermarked colour and without the telethon numbers on the screen meaning it has come from some sort of television master tape!
This bootleg also had the full performance of the black and white broadcast version without any logos. It was a long journey but worth it in the end.
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