This is a list of the line-ups of the Plastic Ono Band, the backing band established by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It was active in various incarnations from 1969 to 1974, and was revived by Ono from 2009 until 2015. The group had a constantly shifting line-up, so this page reflects each individual incarnation under the name.

Line-ups

Band Members Release contributions and live performances
Plastic Ono Band
(June 1969)[1]
Plastic Ono Band
(June 1969)[2]
  • John Lennon – acoustic guitar
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
Plastic Ono Band
(September 1969)[3]
Plastic Ono Band
(September 1969)[4][5]
  • John Lennon – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums
Plastic Ono Supergroup
(December 1969)[6]
Plastic Ono Band
(January 1970)[7]
  • John Lennon – lead vocal, acoustic guitar, piano, backing vocal
  • George Harrison – electric guitar, piano, backing vocal
  • Klaus Voormann – bass guitar, electric piano, backing vocal
  • Alan White – drums, piano, backing vocal
  • Billy Preston – organ, backing vocal
  • Yoko Ono – backing vocal
  • Mal Evans – chimes, handclaps, backing vocal
Plastic Ono Band
(January 1970)[8][9]
Plastic Ono Band
(September–October 1970)[10][11]
  • John Lennon – vocals, guitar, piano, organ
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Billy Preston – piano
  • Phil Spector – piano
Plastic Ono Band
(October–November 1970)[12]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • John Lennon – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • George Harrison – sitar
Plastic Ono Band
(January–March 1971)[13]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • John Lennon – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass guitar
  • Jim Gordon – drums
Plastic Ono Band
(January–February 1971)[14]
  • John Lennon – vocals, guitar
  • Yoko Ono – backing vocals, piano
  • Bobby Keys – saxophone
  • Billy Preston – piano, keyboards
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Jim Gordon – drums
Plastic Ono Band
(February, May–July 1971)[15][16]
  • John Lennon – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
  • George Harrison – lead guitar, dobro
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Alan White – drums, percussion
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • John Barham – keyboards
  • Phil Spector – backing vocal
  • Joey Molland – acoustic guitar
  • Tom Evans – acoustic guitar
  • Ted Turner – acoustic guitar
  • Rod Linton – acoustic guitar
  • Andy Davis – acoustic guitar
  • John Tout – piano
  • Steve Brendell – double bass, percussion
  • Mike Pinder – percussion
Plastic Ono Band
(February and August 1971)[17]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals, percussion
  • John Lennon – guitar, piano, organ
  • Klaus Voormann – bass, guitar, percussion
  • Jim Keltner – drums, tabla, percussion
  • Jim Gordon – tabla
  • Bobby Keys – percussion
  • Chris Osborne – dobro
Plastic Ono Band with the Mothers of Invention
(June 1971)[6]
Plastic Ono Band
(October 1971)[18][19]
Plastic Ono Band
(October 1971)[20][19]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • John Lennon – guitars
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Nicky Hopkins – keyboards
  • Hugh McCracken – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
Plastic Ono Band with Elephant's Memory
(1971-1973)[6][21]
  • John Lennon – guitars, vocals, piano
  • Yoko Ono – vocals, piano
  • Jim Keltner – drums, percussion
  • Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel – guitar
  • Gary Van Scyoc – bass
  • Stan Bronstein – saxophone, flute
  • Adam Ippolito – piano, organ
  • John La Boosca – piano
  • Richard Frank Jr. – drums, percussion
  • John Ward – bass
Plastic Ono Band
(1973)[22]
Plastic U.F.Ono Band
(1973)[23]
  • John Lennon – vocals, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, percussion
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • David Spinozza – lead guitar
  • Kenneth Ascher – piano, organ
  • Gordon Edwards – bass
  • Arthur Jenkins – percussion
  • Michael Brecker – saxophone
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar.
  • Rick Marotta – drums
  • Something Different – chorus
Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
(1974)[24]
  • John Lennon – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Nicky Hopkins – piano
  • Bobby Keys – tenor saxophone
  • Kenneth Ascher – electric piano, clavinet, Mellotron
  • Arthur Jenkins – percussion
  • Jesse Ed Davis – acoustic guitar, lead guitar
  • Eddie Mottau – acoustic guitar
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
(2009)[25]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Sean Lennon – acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion
  • Cornelius – guitars, bass, Tenorion, programming, percussion
  • Yuka Honda – piano, organ, percussion
  • Hirotaka Shimizu – guitars, percussion
  • Yuko Araki – drums, percussion
  • Shahzad Ismaily – guitars, bass, drums, percussion
  • Michael Leonhart – trumpet, vibraphone, percussion
  • Erik Friedlander – cello
  • Daniel Carter – tenor saxophone, flute
  • Indigo Street – guitar
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
(2009–Present)[26]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Sean Lennon – guitar, vocals, bass, keyboards, drums
  • Yuka Honda – keyboards
  • Keigo Oyamada – guitar
  • Hirotaka Shimizu – guitar, bass
  • Yuko Araka – drums
  • Michael Leonhart – trumpet
  • Erik Friedlander – cello
  • We Are Plastic Ono Band" Tour
Plastic Ono Band
(February 2010)[27]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Eric Clapton – guitar
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Sean Lennon – vocals, guitar
  • 16 February 2010 concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Flaming Lips with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
(2011)[28]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Sean Lennon – guitar
  • Wayne Coyne – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Michael Ivins – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steven Drozd – vocals, drums, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kliph Scurlock – drums, percussion
  • Derek Brown – guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
  • The Flaming Lips 2011 #11: The Flaming Lips with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band
(2013)[29]
  • Yoko Ono – vocals
  • Sean Lennon – guitar, piano, bass, synthesizer, percussion
  • Cornelius – remixing
  • Yuka Honda – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Lenny Kravitz – drums
  • Nels Cline – guitar
  • Questlove – drums
  • Bill Dobrow – drums
  • Hirotaka Shimizu – guitar
  • Keigo Oyamada – bass, guitar
  • Julian Lage – guitar

Timeline

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