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The John Lennon Estate recently surprised fans with a sneak peek of a never-before-seen video of John Lennon and Yoko Ono rehearsing "Give Peace a Chance".

The video was taken only a few days before they premiered the song back in 1969 on 31 May. 

Cameraman, Nic Knowland, recorded the video together with sound recordist Mike Lax. The never-before-seen video shows Lennon and Ono running through an ad-libbed demo version of the song while chilling in their room at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas. 

The video is the earliest known recording of "Give Peace a Chance"

The duo premiered the song during their famous "Bed-in for Peace" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. 

The "Give Peace a Chance" video shows a glimpse of a Bed-in from another universe.

The Bed-in was relocated to the Bahamas Hotel after it was first scheduled for New York. This was due to Lennon's 1968 cannabis conviction in the U.S. It all worked out in the end as Lennon and Ono flew to Canada at the last minute to hold the weeklong publicity event due to the unconventional layout of the Sheraton hotel room.

Enjoy the video of John Lennon freestyling the lyrics below.

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