Happy birthday to John Winston Lennon, who would have turned 70 today. I personally pay tribute to John almost daily, as there is rarely a day that passes in which I don’t listen to one of his songs. I think that John was a creative genius who possessed one of the best rock and roll voices ever. His voice had that gritty quality that could be biting, stinging and downright caustic. It could also be gentle, tender and extremely vulnerable. I love the beauty of “Julia”, his melodic take on “Twist and Shout”, the Liverpool scowl of “I Am The Walrus”, I could go on and on. Literally. To steal a line from Office Space, “I celebrate his entire catalogue.”I wish he was still around and would love to hear his take on the current state of the music biz.
Here’s one of John’s great songs, credited to Lennon/McCartney, “All You Need Is Love”. This clip was broadcast via satellite on the first live global television link. It was broadcast to 26 countries and watched by 400 million viewers on June 25 1967. Look closely in the crowd for an ex-economics student that went by the name of Jagger.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank John for the undeniable mark he left on pop culture, rock music and my life.
What’s up with George Harrison’s rather weak guitar solo here?
December 8, 1980: Psycho and modern day nut, Mark David Chapman killed John Lennon outside of Lennon’s NYCity home at The Dakota. Chapman thought he was Jesus/Holden Caufield and basically just bat$h&t crazy. Click here and here to read further details of that fateful day. I remember telling my parents the news after seeing the report on Monday Night Football. Of course I was six years old, but I knew that this was important-I knew who The Beatles were, but probably couldn’t have picked out John at that time. Chapman has remained in New York’s Attica State Prison since his conviction in 1980. An incredibly senseless and pointless act of violence.
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Here’s John’s late period song, “Watching The Wheels”:
Lennon’s response to McCartney’s “Dear Boy”:
“Jealous Guy” from Imagine:
Lennon and Howard Cosell:
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete, where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
Jer’ playing the classic off of The White Album. An interesting little tidbit on the song is that it was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, who was also at the ashram to study the Maharishi’s teachings (Transcendental Meditation) in India with The Beatles. Prudence Farrow would seclude herself from the rest of the group for hours, staying in ther room. John Lennon wrote the song in honor of her, from outside of her door.
Question: What groupie of the 1970’s lost her virginity to Eric Clapton, had affairs with John Lennon, George Harrison, Jimmy Page and married a Rolling Stone? 5….4….3….2….1….. Give up?
Answer: Krissy Wood. Apparently she met Ron Wood when he was still a member of the Small Faces and married him in 1971. Wood soon became a member of the Stones and wrote the songs (with Keith Richards) “Breathe On Me” and “Mystifies Me” in her honor. She had an affair with Lennon while he was married to Yoko (mid-’73), an affair with Harrison after travelling with him to visit Salvador Dali (early ’73) while he was still married to Patti and an affair with Jimmy Page in the summer of ’74. All occured while she was still married to Ron Wood.
across the universe
happy rishikesh song
here we go again
vacation has just begun
luck of the irish
he got the blues
look at me
happiness is a warm gun
call my name
give peace a chance
watching the wheels
don’t let me down
The last recording that Janis Joplin made was “Happy Trails”, which she made for John Lennon’s 30th birthday in October ’70. Lennon received the recording after Joplin had already died. Click here to hear her gift to John.