JOHN LENNON’S 80th BIRTHDAY

JOHN LENNON’S 80th BIRTHDAY

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 9th October 2020

 Today would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday and there is a lot going on to celebrate it.

 CONCERT

The second ‘Dear John’ tribute in honour of the late John Lennon will take place virtually on what would have been The Beatles legend’s 80th birthday

The second ‘Dear John’ John Lennon tribute concert will take place virtually next month.

The likes of KT Tunstall, former Genesis star Peter Gabriel, John Ilsley of Dire Straits and Graham Gouldman of 10cc will take part in the tribute to raise funds for War Child UK in honour of the late Beatles legend’s 80th birthday on October 9.

The live-stream kicks off at 8pm BST and will be streamed from London’s Hard Rock Hotel.

Richard Curtis, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Lindsay Ell and Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew are also among those confirmed to honour the music legend – who was shot dead outside his Manhattan apartment in December 1980.

The free concert has been organised by Blurred Vision frontman Sepp Osley.

The band released the song and music video for ‘Dear John’ as a tribute to Lennon in 2015, with proceeds going to the WhyHunger charity.

And an updated video released last year features the likes of Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Fish, Marc Almond, Paul Young and John Otway, as well as messages from fans across the world.

While the concert is free to stream, fans are invited to make a donation to War Child.

Full details of the event and the direct link to the streaming and donations can be found at www.blurredvisionmusic.com.

While the concert is free to stream, fans are invited to make a donation to War Child.

Full details of the event and the direct link to the streaming and donations can be found at www.blurredvisionmusic.com.

SEAN LENNON  INTERVIEWS SIR PAUL McCARTNEY – Radio 2

Paul McCartney Yoko & Sean Lennon

The Beatles: Sean Lennon INTERVIEWS Paul McCartney on meeting father John Lennon

Now, it has been announced Sean Ono Lennon – John’s son – will be interviewing Paul McCartney for the first time to discuss his father, and his work over the years.

Paul McCartney discusses John Lennon and new documentary

The Beatles fans were robbed of the glory years of John Lennon. After the band split in 1970, each of the fab four went off to do their own thing. While Paul McCartney was eager to get some solo music out, so too was John Lennon. Unfortunately, Lennon was killed just ten years later by Mark David Chapman, who shot him in New York.

40 years later, to commemorate what would have been his 80th birthday, Lennon’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, is featuring on a BBC Radio 2 special.

This special will not only play a lot of music written and performed by Lennon, but it will also see Sean interviewing McCartney for the first time.

During this broadcast the pair will talk in depth about John’s life, and indeed about his music.

The Beatles: John Lennon on announcing band split to Paul McCartney, “I look back on it now like a fan,” he told Sean Lennon.

“How lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy Boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!”

Sean went on to ask McCartney about his grandmother, Julia Lennon, who died when John was a teenager.

To which McCartney replied: ” She was a doll, you would have loved her.”

He added how much “like John” she was.

McCartney even explained how his and John’s early work “wasn’t very good”.

“There were a few songs that weren’t very good,” he explained.

“You know, clearly young songwriters who don’t know how to do it.”

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Sean will be joined in talking about his father by his half-brother Julian Lennon, and indeed his godfather, Elton John, as well as McCartney.

Helen Thomas, the network’s head of station, said: “John Lennon is one of the Radio 2 audience’s most popular and best loved musicians.

“So we’re thrilled and honoured that Sean’s first-ever radio program in which he talks at length about his father, alongside his brother Julian, Paul McCartney and Elton John, will be broadcast on our network.”

Speaking to Jann Wenner in 1970, Lennon retold the story of his exit from the group, saying: “When I got back [from Toronto] there were a few meetings and Allen said: ‘Cool it’,

“‘Cause there was a lot to do [with The Beatles] business-wise, and it wouldn’t have been suitable at the time.”

“Then we were discussing something in the office with Paul,” he added. “And Paul was saying to do something.

“And I kept saying: ‘No, no, no’ to everything he said. So it came to a point that I had to say something.”

The Sean Lennon and Paul McCartney interview will be available on 3 and 4 October on BBC Radio 2.

`Meeting Elvis left him so very disappointed’

JOHN & YOKO

THE BEATLES & ELVIS

Chris Hutchins, 78, journalist and author, was working for New Musical Express when he became friends with The Beatles. He set up the only meeting between the group and Elvis Presley in 1965.

I’d arranged to take them to Elvis’s house in Bel Air, something John had been asking me to do since the previous year.

Elvis had prepared a little party for when we got there, but it was rather stilted and felt too obviously set up by me and Elvis’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Elvis hadn’t been keen when I first got in contact, saying to me: “You are just trying to get these boys some publicity off my back”. John was disappointed in Elvis and was surprised at the level of control Parker had over him.

It was an awkward atmosphere, with John trying to lighten the mood by putting on an Inspector Clouseau voice, which just baffled Elvis.

As we left and were walking down the drive, Parker called out after me: “Tell the fans it was a wonderful night”. John turned to me and said: “Tell them it was crap”.

Surprisingly, perhaps, I think John might be a bit more mellow and tactful these days if he was still alive. The thing is that he could be a really kind person and didn’t want to upset people but did anyway because he was so blunt.

TO ME:

I have to say my most favourite John Lennon album is:

Rock ‘N’ Roll  by John Lennon

  1. Be Bop A Lula
  2. Stand By Me
  3. Rip It Up/Ready Teddy
  4. You Can’t Catch Me
  5. Ain’t That A Shame
  6. Do You Want To Dance
  7. Sweet Little Sixteen
  8. Slippin’ And Slidin’
  9. Peggy Sue
  10. Bring It on Home To Me/Send Some Lovin’
  11. Bony Moronie
  12. Ya Ya
  13. Just Because

DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…Imagine by John Lennon.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

If you see someone doing a crossword today, lean over them and say “7 up is Lemonade”.

LOVE IS…

Love is… being taken for a couple of newlyweds.

WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …

A time for the Beatles to perform together…A time for each of the four Beatles to perform solo and have a solo career.

A time to Imagine by John Lennon…A Time To Give Peace A Chance by The Olastic Onon Band

SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD

I am really grateful for and love to see a neatly cut lawn with a tidy border in a garden

SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT

FRIENDS

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, lasting ten seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The original executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Kauffman, and Crane.

No. of seasons      10

No. of episodes    236

VIZ MAGAZINE TOP TIPS

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