The Beatles had broken up and John Lennon was now on his own. “Mother” reached the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during early 1971. If ever there was a song that showed how different his solo music was going to be from that of Paul McCartney’s, this was it.
The song was a raw plea as Lennon’s vocal strained to present the words. While he would have a number of solo hits, this one was just too difficult a listen for AM singles radio at the time. It peaked at number 43 during its six weeks on the chart.
Much of Lennon’s solo work would be melodic and poetical. “Mother,” however, was Lennon at his stark best.