27 December 2022
Eternal working class hero JOHN LENNON was killed on 8 December 1980.
More than 40 years later his songwriting Beatle brother PAUL McCARTNEY remembers the sad event in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Beatles Channel: “It was difficult for everyone in the world cause he was such a loved character and such a crazy guy, you know, that he was so special. And so it had hit me so much so that I couldn’t really talk about it. I remember getting home from the studio on the day that we’d heard the news he died and turning the TV on and seeing people say, ‘Well, John Lennon was this,’ and ‘What he was, was this,’ and ‘I remember meeting him’.
And it was like, I don’t know, I can’t be one of those people. I can’t just go on TV and say what John meant to me. It was just too deep. It’s just too much. I couldn’t put it into words. I was in a building that would become my recording studio, and there were just a couple of little empty rooms upstairs,” he explained. “So I found a room and just sat on the wooden floor in a corner with my guitar and just started to play the opening chords to ‘Here Today.’”
You can listen here to the audio clip.
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28 years after its creation, The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus movie was released on 14 October 1996, 23 years ago today. The 1968 event included performances in a circus by artists such as The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and a supergroup called
The Dirty Mac with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards.
THE DIRTY MAC with ‘YER BLUES‘
THE ROLLING STONES:
This genius doesn’t need an introduction. He was born John Winston Lennon
on 9 October 1940 in Liverpool, 82 years ago. Happy B. to one of the greatest
in rock history. As we know a psycho killed him in 1980. Lennon was only 40.
JOHN LENON: History
A couple of weeks ago, living beatle legend PAUL McCARTNEY celebrated
his 80th birthday and last Sunday he was the star headliner who got tens of
thousands of the sing-along crowd into ecstasy at the Glastonbury Festival.
He also surprised everybody with two giant guests, Dave Grohl and Bruce
Springsteen, who each played a couple of songs (and one as a trio) with
the imperishable King Of Melody.
My pick of the concert. The performance of Beatles song
I’ve Got A Feeling with his third guest… JOHN LENNON.
Afterward, McCartney and Dave Grohl went on the run…
6 June 2022
John Lennon‘s oldest son Julian about covering Imagine for the very first time:
“I had always said, that the only time I would ever consider singing “Imagine” would be if it was the ‘End of the World’. The War on Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy. As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could. The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all hoping for.
In April, he performed the track for the first time (with Nuno Bettencourt on acoustic guitar) as part of the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign event, a global fund-raising effort broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.
Now Julian released his Imagine cover officially with a great portion
of the proceeds going to the Stand For Ukraine charity organisation.
You can stream/buy the track here.
JULIAN LENNON: Facebook
Lennon: “Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name”
French legend wanted to be shot too…
Gainsbourg died in 1991 of a heart attack, a month shy of his 63rd birthday
(photo: cover of his album ‘Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoils’)
14 April 2021
Anti-war song GIVE PEACE A CHANGE was written by JOHN LENNON
(but credited to Lennon–McCartney) and recorded with his PLASTIC ONO
BAND, including his wife Yoko Ono and a bunch of famous friends in
Montreal, Canada back in 1969.
Previously unseen footage has now come to the surface with John & Yoko
in the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in the Bahamas a week before Montreal, while
on their bed-in tour, with Lennon playing a rough, at times crazy, version of
Give Peace A Chance.
Here we go…
7 February 2021
Artist: JOHN LENNON
9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980
Released: 18 January 1981
Score: Topped the UK Singles Chart 40 years ago today,
on 7 February 1981, two months after he was killed.
Album: Double Fantasy
John Lennon: “‘Woman’ came about because, one sunny afternoon in Bermuda,
it suddenly hit me what women do for us. Not just what my Yoko does for me, although
I was thinking in those personal terms… but any truth is universal. What dawned on me
was everything I was taking for granted. Women really are the other half of the sky, as
I whisper at the beginning of the song. It’s a ‘we’ or it ain’t anything.”
JOHN LENNON: Facebook
6 February 2021
Artist: YOKO ONO (88)
Single: WALKING ON THIN ICE
Written: by John and Yoko
Released: 6 February 1981 – 40 years ago today
Note: the song was covered by Elvis Costello in 1984
Score: #35 in the UK, #1 on the US Dance Charts
John Lennon was clutching a tape of a final mix when he was shot.
Whatever you may think of Yoko,
this is a 24 Karat dance classic…
YOKO ONO: Facebook