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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Longest-running Lennon celebration joins with Hollywood Walk of Fame

Enoch's Irish Pub & Cafe in Monroe, LA has been hosting Lennon birthday celebrations for the last 35 years, and with this year being a milestone birthday for both John and his son, Sean Lennon, who is turning 40, there will be a special simulcast song this Friday with the celebration at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: Beatles News
Peter Noone releasing new tribute single for John Lennon's 75th birthday

Peter Noone, singer-songwriter of the '60s British Invasion band Herman's Hermits, announced today he will release a song in honor of John Lennon's 75th birthday on Oct. 9. The tune, titled "I Can't Imagine" will be available for digital download through iTunes. "I am pretty spiffed at the way it turned out," Noone said.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Al Jardine
Al Jardine to commemorate John Lennon's 75th birthday

Al Jardine, founding member of the Beach Boys, will honor John Lennon tomorrow in Central Park on what would have been Lennon's 75th birthday. Jardine will play at the Imagine mosaic plaque in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park. The Beach Boys and The Beatles were contemporaries and friends, even embarking on a trip to India together.

Source: Jam Bands
John Lennon afternoon tea to mark Beatle star's 75th birthday

To commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday, Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is putting on a special afternoon tea. The hotel has collaborated with the Beatle Industry Group to create a sweet and savoury treat that will be available from John Lennon's birthday, October 9, through to October 16.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Restored grave of John Lennon's Uncle George to be unveiled

The restored grave of John Lennon's uncle will be unveiled in a special family ceremony on what would have been Lennon's 75th birthday. St Peter's Church in Woolton, where Lennon and McCartney met in 1957, is unveiling the newly-refurbished tombstone of John's uncle, George "Toogood" Smith, in a special public event tomorrow.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: John Lennon and Frank Zappa jam in New York City in 1971

On June 6, 1971, former Beatle John Lennon performed at New York City's Fillmore East with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. It was a strange night, for starters, Yoko Ono also "performed" with Lennon and the Mothers. In reality, all she did was scream her head off. And then there were the odd song choices.

Source: Guitar World
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Beatles museum to launch new campaign on John's birthday

On Oct. 9, The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool will celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday and also kick off "Imagine No Food Poverty," a new campaign that has the support of Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister. The Friday event will feature a special chocolate birthday cake in Lennon's honor created by Can Cook Studio in Liverpool.

Source: Beatles Examiner

Imagine Peace Tower
Imagine Peace Tower to be illuminated on Friday

Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower on an island off the coast of Reykjavk, Iceland, will be lit on Friday, October 9, John Lennon's birthday. The tower will remain lit until December 8, the date of Lennon's death. There will be free ferry trips to the island courtesy of Yoko Ono. An exhibition by Yoko's daughter, Kyoko Ono will also be featured.

Source: Iceland Magazine
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Celebrations and events around the globe for John Lennon's 75th birthday

John Lennon's 75th birthday on Friday, October 9, 2015 will be celebrated all over the globe, including Seattle's "John Lennon Jam" in Bellevue, Washington, John's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, the "Imagine 75" concert in New Haven, Connecticut and the 35th Annual John Lennon Tribute in New York.

Source: The Examiner

Video: Thousands form human peace sign for John Lennon

Thousands of people joined together to form a human peace sign in Central Park's East Meadow Tuesday afternoon, in tribute to John Lennon in a way he would have appreciated. The crowd included everyone from aging hippies to schoolchildren not yet born when Lennon died. His widow Yoko Ono said her late husband would have been very proud.

Source: WABC TV, NY
Monday, October 5, 2015

Rod Davis
Quarryman Rod Davis to honor late Beatle John Lennon

Before The Beatles, there was The Quarrymen, John Lennon's first skiffle group in 1956, which featured some of Lennon's school mates, including Rod Davis, who grew up with Lennon. Currently touring Canada in celebration of what would have been Lennon's 75th birthday, Davis will tell some of those stories from the early days in Vernon on Oct. 15.

Source: Vernon Morning Star, BC
John Lennon's 75th birthday events to include world records

There will be celebrations from Liverpool to Los Angeles beginning Oct. 6 for what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday on Oct. 9. Highlights include an attempt at a world record led by Yoko Ono in New York and the unveiling of improvements made to a historical landmark associated with Beatles history in Liverpool.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, October 2, 2015
John Lennon 75th birthday concert next friday in New Haven

On Friday, October 9, 2015, John Lennon would have turned 75 years of age, and Beatles fans from all over the New Haven area will "come together" for a very special theatrical concert event entitled "Remember Lennon: Imagine 75," starring Peter Gendron, who portrayed John Lennon in the 90s in a group called "A Fab Four."

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Santa Barbara area songwriters pay tribute to John Lennon

You have to wonder what John Lennon might have done with an additional 35 years, but his tragic murder requires Lennon be remembered for the vast catalogue he compiled during his 40 years. Several local performers will offer their own interpretations of those songs during tribute concerts tonight and on Oct. 13 in Santa Barbara.

Source: The Tribune, San Luis Obisbo
A look back at John Lennon's life in photos

John Winston Lennon would have reached his 75th birthday on October 9 this year. He only lived to 40, but those four decades left their lasting imprint on the world of music and an archive of photographs which illustrate just how influential he was, and reveal his life from cheeky young man through the Beatle years and beyond.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

McCartney says competition with Lennon was necessary

In Paul du Noyer's new book, Conversations With McCartney, Paul is quoted as deeming his friendly competition with Lennon as necessary, crediting him for making him a better musician both during his time in The Beatles, and later on in his music career. He said, "People sometimes see it as an arch rivalry. It wasn't. It was a friendly competition."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

John Lennon Bus makes stop at Queens, NY, public school

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour made a stop in Jackson Heights, NY, Monday and gave students from PS 69 the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries all in one day. The state-of-the-art rolling recording studio is now in its 18th year.

Source: Times Ledger, NY
Monday, September 28, 2015

Photographer recalls John Lennon Double Fantasy sessions

When New York photographer David M. Spindel arrived at the recording studio The Hit Factory in November, 1980 for his latest job, he was unaware his subjects would be John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was given full access to photograph what turned out to be the final day of recording sessions for their Double Fantasy album.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, September 25, 2015

Video: Shakira performs Imagine for Pope Francis at UN

Shakira, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, performed during the opening ceremony at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Friday, before Pope Francis delivered a powerful speech to the world leaders. The 38-year-old wowed the crowd, which included Bond star Daniel Craig, with a moving rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Julia Baird
Beatles sister and choir welcomes Beatles hotel's new owners

Hard Days Night Hotel teamed up with John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and two Liverpool choirs to show the love for the hotel's new owners, Millennium Hotels and Resorts. Julia, together with The Choir With No Name and twenty members of The Liverpool Signing Choir, performed a special rendition All You Need is Love on the grand entrance of the hotel.

Source: Purple Revolver
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Playwright researched John Lennon play for over a year

"John Lennon's Last Day" will be presented on BBC Radio 2 on October 8 to honor John Lennon's 75th birthday. Playwright Stephen Kennedy said, "The research took me over a year. I read various books, newspapers and magazines; I listened to old radio interviews; I watched hours of documentaries and relevant footage online."

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
School report shows John Lennon gave his teacher a hard day's night

A school report from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool, showing how John Lennon got five detentions in a day could fetch 3,000 (about $4,575) at auction. The sheet lists the naughty future Beatle's 29 detentions from 1955 to 1956. His misdemeanours included "Foolish remarks", "Not wearing school cap" and "Impertinence".

Source: The Mirror, UK
Five ways you can mark John Lennon's 75th birthday in Liverpool

John Lennon would have been 75 next month, and there are a number of events being planned in Liverpool for his birthday. The Cavern Club will mark the day with a special 75th Birthday Tribute Concert, and The Hard Days Night Hotel is celebrating birthday week with a special John Lennon Commemorative Afternoon Tea.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Unpublished photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono set for auction

Unpublished negatives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono taken just two days before he died will be auctioned online on Thursday. Also going under the hammer is the earliest known color recording of the Fab Four, a three-and-a-half minute film of the Beatles performing at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool, England on August 25, 1963.

Source: Broadway World
John Lennon documentary to air on BBC 2

John Lennon would have turned 75 on 9th October 2015, but his life was cut tragically short. The docu-drama "John Lennon's Last Day" charts the events of that infamous day, told by Liverpool actor Ian Hart who has played Lennon on three separate occasions. It will air on BBC 2 on, Thursday, 8 October at 10.00pm.

Source: BBC, UK
John Lennon ends five-year recording hiatus 35 years ago

As the '80s dawned, John Lennon was working his way back from a five-year period in which he'd temporarily turned away from the record business in favor of a quiet home life with Yoko and Sean. As word got out he was working on a new album, labels lined up for the privilege of putting their logo on the back of his next LP.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
John Lennon's lyrics for peace inspire Sunderland exhibition

John Lennon's lyrics for peace have helped inspire a Sunderland exhibition which has gone global, thanks to Sunderland artist Barrie West. All We Are Saying, a line from Lennon's Give Peace a Chance song, opens at Sunderland Minster Church this week in Sunderland city centre, England, in response to world conflict and war.

Source: Sunderland Echo, UK
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
John Lennon and Paul McCartney original drawing for sale

When The Beatles declined to perform at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, they sent their regards in the form of a hand-drawn page of psychedelic artwork rendered by none other than John Lennon and Paul McCartney themselves. Rockaway Records in Los Angeles is selling this one-of-a-kind, original Beatles drawing for $200,000.

Source: Press Release Rocket
Pcitures: The day John and Yoko forsook The Beatles to play in Cambridge

In 1969, six years after he appeared in Cambridge with the Beatles, John Lennon performed at Cambridge University. Remarkable pictures also show Yoko Ono, performing alongside him in what was the first live show by any individual Beatle away from the group. The event, called Natural Music, was witnessed by an audience of 500.

Source: Cambridge News, UK
Artist to unveil Beatles mixed media sculptures at Ridge Festival

Louisiana artist Rande Monroe Kessler will unveil the first 3 in a series of 8 mixed media sculptures depicting all of The Beatles at Beatles at the Ridge, this weekend in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. These one-of-a-kind sculptures will depict elements of each Beatle's song-writing career and personal life and will contain hidden clues for true fans.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, September 11, 2015
Yoko Ono wants to make giant peace sign for John's birthday

To celebrate the 75th birthday of John Lennon, Yoko Ono is inviting everyone once again to give peace a chance, in the form of a giant, human peace sign in New York's Central Park. The gathering is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 6, participants are required to register online, but the event is free.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Yoko Ono joins children, NYC officials for John Lennon birthday sing-along

Two dozen 4-year-olds, Yoko Ono and city officials jammed to John Lennon tunes to celebrate his 75th birthday at City Hall Thursday when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stopped by for a quick sing-along with TV star Reeve Carney. He played "Imagine" and "Watching the Wheels" while the kids swayed to the music.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
John Lennon's Imagine was more than sum of its inspirational title track

In the decades since the arrival of John Lennon's Imagine on September 9, 1971, most of its legacy has telescoped around the title track. But, Jealous Guy," for instance, has become one of the most covered of John Lennon's solo tracks, and there were Beatles connections, even beyond the participation of George Harrison, on half of the tracks.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Video: 44th anniversary of John Lennon's Imagine

On September 9th, 1971, John Lennon released the iconic album, Imagine. His second solo studio album, it is more heavily produced in contrast to the more raw and rudimental sound on his first album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album is considered Lennon's best work while producing Imagine, his most critically-acclaimed song.

Source: AOL Music
Friday, September 4, 2015
John Lennon-Yoko Ono photo exhibits opens in the Hamptons

A photo exhibit subtitled "The Lennon Years 1968-1978" is now hanging in East Hampton, NY, at the Mulford Farm museum. In her "Closeup" exhibit, Susan Wood of Amagansett's candid photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, shot over several days in and around their home near London in 1968, steal the show.

Source: Newsday, NY
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Famed guitarmaker Ovation to re-open Connecticut shop

A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will resume making the renowned instruments, thanks to the efforts of factory employees. Music legends who have played Ovations include John Lennon, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Glen Campbell, Mick Jagger and Eddie Van Halen.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon 75th birthday celebration at Hollywood star

John Lennon's 75th birthday will be celebrated Friday, October 9, in Hollywood, California at the Capitol Records Tower Building. The event, called "The John Lennon 75th Birthday Milestone Celebration in Hollywood, CA," is free to the public and will include October 9 will be officially declared "John Lennon Peace Day."

Source: The Examiner

Alan White
Interview: Legendary drummer Alan White

What sets Alan White, drummer for Yes, John Lennon and George Harrison, apart from other rock stars, is the fact that he literally has never been on an audition. He never even tried to be a rock legend. John Lennon once called him to offer a spot in The Plastic Ono Band, and Alan hung up on Lennon, assuming it was a prank call.

Source: LA Music Blog
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Beatles artworks highlight UK fair

Works of art by or inspired by the Beatles and their followers will be a major attraction at The Cheshire Decorative Antiques & Art Fair at Tatton Park, Knutsford, England, from September 18 to 20. On sale will be original prints by John Lennon and original drawings by Klaus Voorman, who designed the Revolver album cover.

Source: Art Fix Daily
John Lennon's 75th will be celebrated with 2 special concerts in Seattle

John Lennon's 75th birthday and the 35th anniversary of his passing will be commemorated in the Seattle area this season with bookend concerts called "The John Lennon Jam" starring world-renowned Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam. Lennon's birthday will be celebrated Friday, October 9, at Bake's Place in Bellevue, Washington.

Source: The Examiner
Friday, August 28, 2015
John Lennon art work on display in Omaha

An art show of John Lennon's art work is now on display at Regency Court in Omaha. There are 80 pieces in all, including self portraits and family drawings of Yoko and son Sean. Beatles and John Lennon music fully round out the experience. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 will go to the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Source: KMTV 3, Omaha
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The cupboard in Edinburgh where John Lennon wrote songs

It has emerged that a house in Edinburgh that John Lennon frequently visited is where he wrote the Beatles song Rain. Its current owner said, "When we first moved in, surrounding neighbors told us of how Lennon would often visit his aunt who lived in the property, both as a teenager and with his wife Yoko Ono."

Source: The Scotsman, UK

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