In August 1972, John Lennon, having left The Beatles three years earlier, performed “Mother” in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, New York. Lennon performed two shows — one in the afternoon and one in the evening — to raise money for children with mental challenges. Billed as One To One, the benefit concerts also featured the likes of Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder.
“Mother”, from 1970’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, is a cry to the mother and father who abandoned him as a child, subsequently leaving him to be raised by his aunt and uncle. Despite the song’s deep-seated significance, he quips (prior to commencing the song): “This song is another song from one of those albums I made since I left The Rolling Stones.”