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Monday, February 15, 2016
John Lennon's cousin played huge part in Beatle's life, says author

Stanley Parkes, a cousin of John Lennon who spent summers with him before Beatlemania and had a close relationship with him, has died at age 82, it was reported today. Author Ken McNab said Parkes had a significant role in Lennon's life, especially early on. "Stan was seven years older than John and easily the big brother he never had."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wikipedia Beatles searches show Fab Four are still chart toppers

More than four decades after they split, the Beatles are looked up by someone every second on online encyclopedia Wikipedia, with a staggering 50,920 average daily page views. John Lennon is searched every six seconds and Paul McCartney ranks second, with his name being hit every 10 seconds on average.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, February 12, 2016
Vintage Video: John Lennon sings Instant Karma in 1970

On February 11, 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their band, Klaus Voorman, Mal Evans, Alan White and BP Fallon, to the British television show Top of the Pops, the first of the four Beatles to appear on the program. Four takes of the song Instant Kharma were done in the studio with take three shown the next night, February 12.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
John Lennon's locks from How I Won the War expected to go for $10,000

On September 6, 1966, John Lennon got a very short haircut in preparation for his upcoming dramatic role as Private Gripweed in the film "How I Won the War." A clump of John's hair from this famous haircut will be auctioned off at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas on February 20.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono to receive NME Inspiration Award

Yoko Ono will collect the Inspiration Award at the upcoming NME Awards, which take place on February 17 in London, the day before she turns 83. The publication chose Yoko to receive the award for her ''revolutionary ideas and concepts'' and influence on modern culture, and says, ''Yoko Ono's influence on modern culture is undeniable."

Source: TV3, Dublin
Monday, February 1, 2016

John Lennon Bus hits San Diego

A touring music recording studio named in memory of John Lennon will make a stop Monday at the Crown Point Junior Music Academy in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will stay for two days, during which the school kids will be able to write, record and produce an original song and music video.

Source: Times of San Diego

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Former John Lennon home in Palm Beach sells for $23 million

Famous as a vacation home owned briefly in 1980 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a seaside mansion built in 1919 in Palm Beach, FL., has changed hands for just over $23 million in an off-market deal. Named El Solano, the landmarked rambling mansion has at least five bedrooms and 13,730 square feet of living space, inside and out.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News
How John Lennon's sons paid tribute to Elvis on behalf of their father

On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon participated in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian said, "Our father was a big fan of Elvis's," and then read a direct quote from John Lennon.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hard Days Night Hotel unveils Beatles wedding vow renewal packages

Hard Days Night Hotel has unveiled two aptly named Vow Renewal Packages. Ideal for couples looking to refresh their nuptials, the Beatles inspired venue will offer the "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" package, with an overnight stay in the John Lennon Suite, and a more extravagant "It's Getting Better All the Time" offering.

Source: Purple Revolver
Book transports John Lennon to an uninhabited island

Many have wondered what was really going on behind John Lennon's little round glasses. With a bit of research and a lot of imagination, Irish author Kevin Barry has crafted one theory. His new novel Beatlebone springboards from a true fact: the ex-Beatle once bought an uninhabited island off the coast of Ireland that he rarely visited.

Source: CBC, Canada
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie: His friendship with John Lennon recalled

The death of David Bowie yesterday has sent shock waves through the music community, stars and fans alike. During Bowie's decades-long career, he became friends with many other famous stars, including John Lennon. May Pang recounts their first meeting in her book, "Loving John," in September of 1974.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, January 8, 2016
Yoko Ono reveals her New Year's resolutions

Did you know that every Friday Yoko Ono runs a Reddit-style "Ask Me Anything" question and answer session via her social media accounts? The major topic of this week's discussion, of course, was New Year's Eve. How does the legendary performer spend NYE these days? And how did she spend them with John Lennon?

Source: Artnet
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Yoko Ono offers a look through her window in Tokyo art exhibit

Yoko Ono moved to the United States from Japan when she was about 20 years old. Now 82, Ono is putting on her latest exhibition, Yoko Ono: From My Window, at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. In the context of her native Tokyo, the exhibition serves as a retrospective as well as a showcase of her latest achievements.

Source: The Toronto Star
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christina Aguilera
Video: Christina Aguilera covers John Lennon's Mother

Christina Aguilera recently brought John Lennon to life with a performance of "Mother." She star stopped by Linda Perry's celebration for her song "Hands of Love," featured in the movie Freeheld, and put her classic X-tina touch on the 1970 ballad from the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album, belting Lennon's deep cut about his parents with signature soul.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
John Lennon second on list of Best Male Singers of All Time

As the singers perform the main vocal line of a song, they will be the main focus of the performance. Some vocalists have incredible voices and also the great skill of songwriting. They spent most of their time in the studio, on tour and practicing their vocals. Michael Jackson and John Lennon are among the best male singers of all time.

Source: Music Times
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DVD Review: John Lennon in How I Won The War

How I Won the War is a handful of clever one-liners, sight gags, and interesting tricks buried under at least 90 minutes of nonsense, making the film's total running time of nearly two hours feel twice that long. The film doesn't look all that impressive in high definition, and this DVD edition totally lacks optional English subtitles.

Source: DVD Talk
Friday, January 1, 2016
Video: Jessie J sings John Lennon's Imagine in NYC on New Years Eve

It's become an annual tradition for an artist to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" in front of the millions of people that gather each year for the New Years Eve ball drop in New York City. This year, that honor was bestowed upon Jessie J. The Times Square "Imagine" tradition began in 2005 when the song was played on speakers at the ball drop.

Source: Pop Crush
Thursday, December 31, 2015
50 Years Ago: Did John Lennon sabotage his father's music career?

On Dec. 31, 1965, John Lennon's father, Alfred "Freddie" Lennon, released his first record, "That's My Life (My Love and My Home)." John and Brian Epstein were reportedly furious at what they believed was Freddie's attempt to cash in on his son's success. Epstein was accused of having it pulled from the charts, perhaps at John's request.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 28, 2015
George Harrison's best slide solos are on John Lennon tracks

John Lennon's second solo album, Imagine, marks one of the only times Lennon recorded with George Harrison after the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. Harrison's fretwork can be heard on several tracks, including "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier," "Gimme Some Truth" and "Oh My Love." He even plays a mean dobro on "Crippled Inside."

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, December 24, 2015
John Lennon's historic Christmas Eve encounter with Pierre Trudeau

On Dec. 24, 1969, Trudeaumania and Beatlemania collided. After talking to the Le Dain Commission in Montreal about his views on cannabis, John Lennon and Yoko Ono traveled to Ottawa to meet with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. "He's really such a beautiful person, more beautiful than we expected," Ono said after the meeting.

Source: Civilized
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Sappy Christmas songs are awful - except this one

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is the song that most accurately reflects Lennon's post-Beatles life. It's his most successful collaboration with his unfairly criticized wife, and Spector's re-creation of his famed "wall of sound" was stronger than what he had earlier brought to the Give Peace a Chance single and the Imagine album.

Source: Argus Leader (Subscription)
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Video: Refugees sing John Lennon's War Is Over Christmas song

The Refugee Choir come together last Sunday to sing John Lennon's Happy Christmas (The War is Over). Proceeds of song sales will help the Islington Center take care of asylum-seekers in the UK for the holidays. Made up of refugees and migrants from all over London, the choir is aiming to raise 30,000 for the Center by the end of 2015.

Buy on iTunes  Source: Good News Network
Pandora strikes licensing deals with music publishers

On Monday, Internet-radio company Pandora announced that it entered a licensing deal with Downtown Music Publishing, which represents artists such as John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. Today they announced a new deal with BMI and ASCAP. Last month, Pandora signed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Source: Silicon Beat
Monday, December 21, 2015
AMC presents Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

"Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert" from Madison Square Garden on AMC on Saturday night featured an array of mostly Lennon's solo works and some classic Beatle hits during the two and a half hour show. Paul McCartney sent a poignant video birthday message, and Ringo Starr taped a performance of "I'm The Greatest."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, December 18, 2015
John Lennon tops Yorkshire favorite Christmas song list

Happy Xmas (War is Over), by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, topped the list of favorite Christmas songs in Yorkshire, England, with 16 per cent naming it as the one they love the most. Released in the UK in 1972, it was a protest against the Vietnam War, and was controversial at the time, but has achieved widespread popularity.

Source: Yorkshire Post, UK
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peter Noone
Peter Noone recalls underage drinking with John Lennon

It's 1965, and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits walks into a London bar with John Lennon. Noone is 17 and too young to drink. So Lennon tells the bartender, "it's all right, he's with me." Then Lennon gave him one of his drinks."I was just a cheeky kid and John was a Beatle," Noone said this week in a telephone interview.

Source: Villages News, Florida
Video: John Lennon's anti-war roots spurred his biggest Christmas song

At the end of the '60s, there was a war being waged in Vietnam. In the U.S., young men were being drafted and sent overseas, frequently to die in battle, and many Americans both young and old found ways to protest. This is the story of how John Lennon and Yoko Ono penned their biggest Christmas song as a means to protest war.

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
John Lennon's most memorable and notorious NYC moments

John Lennon came to New York City in the wake of Beatlemania and found refuge in the City That Doesn't Care How Famous You Are. He quickly discovered that he could wander the streets, go to movies, and eat at restaurants without being bothered. And, of course, American Beatlemania began seven years earlier in New York City.

Source: Village Voice
Monday, December 14, 2015
Beatles tribute performer on his life as Paul McCartney

He looks, talks, sings and plays the bass guitar like Paul McCartney, but it was another Beatle who Steve White impersonated when he started out. White originally mimicked John Lennon before his audience pointed out he had more than a passing resemblance to McCartney, who had actually been his main idol all along.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
35 Years Ago: Thousands honor John Lennon with silent vigil

Impromptu tributes to John Lennon sprung up around the world on Dec. 14, 1980, the largest as more than 50,000 people congregated in Central Park to honor Lennon. At Yoko Ono's request, the memorial culminated with a 10-minute silent vigil that started at 2PM ET and was shared by mourners around the world.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, December 11, 2015

Julian Lennon
Rolling Stones session introduced Julian Lennon to pot

As John Lennon's son, Julian Lennon occasionally found himself in settings that would boggle the mind of the average kid. One was the taping of Rock and Roll Circus, a December 11, 1968 concert documentary sponsored by the Rolling Stones. He said, "I shouldn't bring this up, but I was sitting in the middle of everybody, smoking a joint. At four or five years old!"

Source: Something Else Reviews
45 Years Ago: John Lennon breaks with his past on Plastic Ono Band

Plastic Ono Band, released on Dec. 11, 1970, was more than John Lennon's kiss-off to the Beatles. It was his demolition of everything the previous decade had stood for, a sense of rebirth in the wake of the Beatles' demise, his most consistent, and most important, solo work. "All these songs just came out of me," Lennon said.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Video: Madonna sings Imagine in impromptu paris street concert

Madonna's Rebel Heart tour has taken her to Paris, where the star is paying tribute to those lost in the November 13 terrorist attacks. The singer held an impromptu concert in Place de la Republique, the site where the French held public demonstrations and mournings after its two terrorist attacks this year, for a small crowd.

Source: Fuse TV
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
John Lennon Jam in Seattle celebrates Lennon's music

A thirty-fifth anniversary commemorative concert called The John Lennon Jam was performed to a packed house last night in Seattle by world-renowned tribute band Apple Jam. The performance showcased songs he wrote both with the Beatles as well as his solo music. Long sold-out, fans "standing room only" tickets at show time.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
John Lennon remembered at Hollywood Walk of Fame star

John Lennon was remembered yesterday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Many fans gathered in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building to sing and leave mementos. The event was sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group, which has been organizing annual public Lennon birthday and memorial events for 35 years.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Fans offer peaceful tributes to John Lennon in Central Park

John Lennon fans gathered Tuesday in Central Park for the 35th anniversary of the legendary Beatle's assassination. About 50 people, many of them with guitars, sang classic hits like Imagine and Give Peace A Chance at the Strawberry Fields memorial, lamenting the loss of the magnificent musician and crusader for peace who died at 40.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
How the world reacted to John Lennon's death 35 years ago

In the days after John Lennon was shot on Dec. 8, 1980, the area around the gates of the Dakota, Lennon's apartment building in New York City, quickly turned into a makeshift memorial. "He beat the rock-'n'-roll life," Steve Van Zandt said. "Beat the drugs, beat the fame, beat the damage. He was the only guy who beat it all."

Fan Content Warning  Source: Time Magazine
Bob Gruen remembers John Lennon's New York City years

John Lennon was many things: A Beatle, an activist, an icon. For about a decade, he was even a New Yorker. The amNewYork website spoke with Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer, Bob Gruen, about those New York City years, who described Lennon as "very amazing, very charismatic, very grounded, a lot of fun to be with."

Fan Content Warning  Source: AM New York
Man who took last photo of John Lennon recalls tragedy

On Dec. 8, 1980, Paul Goresh crossed paths with the murderer of John Lennon. He was there to photograph John, but he did get one photo of Lennon and his murder together. "I was taking a picture of John and I was trying to squeeze the guy out of the photo," Goresh said. The historic image is one of the last photos taken of Lennon.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NJ.com

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