The Beatles Contribution:
U.K. Singles Chart Detail :
GOD SAVE US
BILL ELLIOT AND THE
ELASTIC OZ BAN
John and Yoko
composers and producers
16th July 1971
Did NOT Chart
DO THE OZ
ELASTIC OZ BAN
A-side was produced by John, Yoko, Mal Evans and Phil Spector.
The B-side was produced by
John, Yoko, and Phil Spector.
John originally recorded
this song on 1st June 1971. It was specifically written
to raise money and support for the underground magazine
"Oz" which was being suppressed and faced obscenity trials
Using the same backing track John's vocal was replaced with
one sung by Bill Elliot. John's original take can be heard
on Lennon's Anthology and some bootlegs including both Lost
Lennon Tapes - Volume One and Lost Lennon Tapes - Volume
Eight, the second of which is a better quality release.
Also an original acoustic demo can be heard on Lost Lennon
Tapes - Volume Five.
So, who is Bill Elliot
Bill Elliot is from South
Shields in the North East of England (at the mouth of the
Tyne). He was in a group called "Half-Breed" when Mal Evans
heard some tapes of the band. Mal went North to see them,
and he liked what he saw. It was Mal that invited Bill to
sing Lead on "God Save Us".
After the demise of Apple,
Bill was co-founder of "Splinter", who were one of the few
genuinely bright discoveries to come out of the Beatles
orbit. Their first L.P. "The Place I Love" was the first
album release on the Dark Horse record label and was produced
As to "Oz", an excellent
site containing terrific cover shots and many interesting
links can be found at Oz Magazine Covers.
On 14th July 1971 John made
a statement in support of "Oz" magazine. It was during this
press conference that John sang "The End Of The Road" which
was later issued on a flexi-disc free with "Oz". This can
also be heard on Lost Lennon Tapes - Volume One.
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