Welcome to the Beatles Rarity of the Week. In 1972, WABC-TV reporter Geraldo Rivera won the Peabody Award for his report on the neglect and abuse of mentally disabled children at the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island. The recognition quickly had him appearing on news programs such as Nightline and 20/20. John Lennon, after catching Rivera’s report, became concerned about the patients at Willowbrook and teamed up with him to organize a benefit concert to raise money for the children.
John planned a performance with himself and Yoko Ono backed by Elephants Memory who had also backed them on their previous release, the double-LP Some Time In New York City. He also recruited other performers to include Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Melanie Safka and Sha-Na-Na. The event, billed as One To One, was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 30th, 1972 and was actually two concerts – an afternoon and evening show. It was John’s first full-length concert since the breakup of The Beatles. Unfortunately it was also to be his last.