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Friday, June 5, 2020
New beetle species named after The Beatles

Last year, a group of entomologists and scientists surveyed a city park in Amsterdam, and discovered a beetle species that was new to science. Found only a stone's throw away from the Amsterdam Hilton, where 50 years previously John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Bed-Ins For Peace, the beetle was named "Ptomaphagus thebeatles".

Source: BBC Wildlife, UK
Drummer recalls playing on John Lennon's final performance

In a new interview, original Dio drummer Vinny Appice looks back on an early moment of his career when he ended up recording in the studio with John Lennon of The Beatles. The session took place in the summer of 1974 as part of the recording process of Lennon's fifth solo album "Walls and Bridges," released in September same year.

Source: Ultimate Guitar
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
How R&B created a foundation for the Beatles

For John Lennon, there would been no Beatles without R&B. In fact, they'd have been no rock 'n' roll at all. "I'll never stop acknowledging it: Black music is my life," he told Jet magazine in 1972. "When I heard [Chuck Berry's] "Johnny Be Good," when I heard Bo Diddley. That changed my life completely."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Newly enhanced never published last images of John Lennon

At 4pm on December 8, 1980, as John Lennon leaves his home on Central Park West, he pauses to autograph a record album for a 25-year-old man, without a suspicion in the world. The moment was caught on camera by Paul Goresh, one of the knot of hardcore Beatles fans always to be found loitering outside the Dakota Building.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, May 22, 2020
John Lennon family feud: Is Julian close to Yoko Ono?

Julian has spoken openly about his father's second wife Yoko and son Sean although some of his comments are far more thinly veiled. In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, asked about whether he had a rivalry with his half-brother, Sean, he replied, "It's news to me. I love Sean to death. He's a very smart kid.

Source: The Express, UK
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Author Q&A: John Lennon 1980 book coming

John Lennon's final year, one initially of hope and renewal, yet ultimately of tragedy, is the subject of an upcoming book, John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life. The new title, from noted Beatles historian Kenneth Womack, arrives October 29, a few weeks after what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, May 18, 2020
The true story behind John Lennon's Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Not many people were as wealthy as John Lennon in 1969, in fact, his net worth was estimated at over $800 million, not including his estates that he owned at the time of his death in 1980. So, of course, he had the means to get... whatever the hell he wanted. He subsequently called up Mercedes-Benz and asked them for a special order.

Source: Hot Cars
Friday, May 15, 2020
John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the Tonight Show in 1968

52 years ago today,John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The Tonight Show. Quite a coup to have two of The Beatles in the studio at one time but that wouldn't stop the tapes from being lost for decades. Thankfully, however, one Beatles super fan recorded the fascinating interview and would upload the content onto the internet years later.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
John and Yoko's former Palm Beach home lists for $47.5 million Warning: Page opens with sound

A resort-like Palm Beach, Florida, mansion that John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought just months before Lennon's death recently hit the market for $47.5 million. John and Yoko The famous couple bought the waterfront property for $725,000 in January of 1980, and Ono ended up selling the Palm Beach house for $3.2 million in 1986.

Source: Fox Business
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Happy birthday Klaus Voormann

Today marks the 82nd birthday of author, artist and musician Klaus Voormann. The the co-author of Hamburg Days and a contributor to From Hamburg to Hollywood, Klaus played bass with Yoko Ono in the Plastic Ono band, arranged one of the songs on Ringo Starr's first album, Sentimental Journey, which had its 50th anniversary last week.

Source: Genesis Publications
Friday, March 27, 2020
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band, tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 8. in the U.K. The album, which Lennon once described as "the best thing I've ever done," was released on Dec. 11, 1970.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, March 23, 2020
Abbey Road on the River postponed due to coronavirus

The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River, is being postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, it was announced in a press release Monday. The event will be moved from Memorial Day weekend in May to October 8-11, and will coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.

Related Articles  Source: WAVE TV, Louisville
Friday, March 20, 2020
John Lennon's erotic gift to Yoko Ono leads Beatles memorabilia auction

A series of erotic sketches given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift will lead a special sale of Beatles memorabilia at Omega Auctions in the UK next week. The sale on March 24 will offer more than 400 lots spanning the entire history of the Fab Four, from their earliest days in Liverpool to their later successful solo careers.

Source: Just Collecting News
Friday, March 13, 2020
Liam Gallagher opens up on John Lennon's son Julian

Liam Gallagher spoke out about The Beatles star John Lennon's son and fellow musician Julian Lennon on Twitter yesterday. Asked about the photographer and singer-songwriter, the ex-Oasis star revealed he was a fan. "Have you heard Julian Lennon's music?" a fan asked Liam. "He's really good, got his dad's musical talent."

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, March 6, 2020
Julian Lennon believes his father sent him a message from the afterlife

When losing a loved one, it's only natural to wish that they could communicate something of significance. Julian Lennon not only longed for this but received it loud and clear. The message he interpreted from his late father John Lennon was so meaningful that it changed his life and motivated him to change the lives of others.

Source: Idolator
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
March 4, 1966: John Lennon makes Beatles Bigger Than Jesus remark

On March 4, 1966, in a wide-ranging interview with the London Evening Standard, John Lennon opined, "Christianity will go, It will vanish and shrink... We're more popular than Jesus now." It wasn't until the following July that the quote emerged in the U.S., highlighted on the cover of the teen magazine Datebook.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, March 2, 2020
Antiques Roadshow values Beatles-owned guitar at 400,000

The BBC antiques-appraising programme Antiques Roadshow has valued a guitar once owned by Beatles stars George Harrison and John Lennon at 400,000 (about $510,500). The current owner of the prototype fretless model guitar is a former session musician, who revealed that he was given it because he could play it better than Harrison.

Source: Guitar.com
John Lennon's 8-page letter asking Eric Clapton to join his supergroup

After the Fab Four disbanded, John Lennon wrote his friend Eric Clapton an eight-page letter asking him to form a supergroup. It all began after Eric Clapton joined the Plastic Ono Band for a one-off performance in Toronto where Clapton noodled his way through a set littered with Lennon's classic caustic wit and Ono's unmistakable shriek.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
John Lennon becomes first solo Beatle to appear on Top of the Pops in 1970

On this day, fifty years ago, John Lennon became the first member of The Beatles to appear on the legendary chart show, Top of the Pops, when he arrived with the Plastic Ono Band to perform Instant Karma! The track has gone on to become a symbol of The Beatles' disbandment and the seedling growth of Lennon's all-too-short solo career.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Tourists still writing on Prague's Lennon Wall despite recent ban

The situation around the Lennon Wall in Prague has calmed down substantially since the wall reopened in November 2019 as an open-air art galley, but tourists are still writing on it. According to the new rules that began in November 2019, people should only write on the wall with a marker or chalk in reserved places.

Source: Expats.cz, Czech Republic
Monday, February 3, 2020
Julian Lennon reveals health scare

In a February 1 post on his Facebook page, Julian Lennon announced that tests for a biopsy he's just had have revealed a malignant cancer. The procedure, which took place late last week, involved removing a mole that he's had his entire life, from the top of his head. He said, "I'm still shaking inside... but my faith is strong."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 24, 2020
John Lennon: Final Year documentary coming

The final year of John Lennon's life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend's death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Who did John Lennon leave his fortune to?

The details of John's will were kept under wraps for a long time, until his first son, Julian Lennon, revealed there had been some tension. In an interview with the Telegraph in May 1998, Julian spoke about the pain he felt of being excluded from his father's will, while his half brother Sean is reported to be the main inheritor of the fortune.

Source: The Express, UK

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