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Friday, January 15, 2021
Yoko Ono settles lawsuit with John Lennon's former assistant

Yoko Ono has informed a federal judge in New York that she has reached a settlement with her late husband John Lennon's former personal assistant that would end her lawsuit that alleged copyright infringement. The deal ends 20 years of litigation and requires Frederic Seaman to pay $5000 and stop speaking about Lennon.

Source: ABC News Radio
Friday, January 8, 2021
Antiques Roadshow estimates high value for helmet worn by John Lennon

Antiques Roadshow star Marc was on hand to help a guest, who had brought along the police helmet which had belonged to their late father. Lennon wore it when they performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1963, and it seems the BBC show expert thought the headpiece was worth a lot more because it was worn by a Beatle.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, January 1, 2021
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band at 50

John Lennon's debut solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, turns 50 this month. The album was therapy in its purest form: raw and self-referential, and apart from Lennon and Ono, the only other musicians were Ringo Starr and bassist Klaus Voormann, along with former Beatles roadie Mal Evans, pianist Billy Preston and Phil Spector.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
John Lennon fans gather at Central Park's Strawberry Fields

A small but ardent collection of fans both old and new came together Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of Lennon's murder, gathering in the stretch of Central Park in New York named for one of his Beatles classics, Strawberry Fields, to play guitars, sing and remember the rock star now dead as long as he lived.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Mark remember John Lennon

Today the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's death. In honor of the late music legend, his surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, have paid tribute to Lennon, with his widow Yoko Ono and sons Julian Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon also marking the sombre anniversary. Yoko said, "After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him."

Fan Content Warning  Source: Exclaim!
Monday, December 7, 2020
John Lennon: I was there the day he died

Forty years ago, on December 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot dead as he returned to his home at the Dakota apartment building in New York. The BBC's Tom Brook was the first British journalist to report live from the scene. Living in New York, he says he is constantly reminded of John Lennon, of both his life, and death.

Fan Content Warning  Source: BBC News
Author revisits his three weeks with John Lennon 40 years later

In the summer of 1980, 24-year-old writer David Sheff went to New York City on the biggest assignment of his career, an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Playboy Magazine, spending three weeks with them. The Playboy interview hit the stands Dec. 6. of that year. The very next day, Lennon was killed outside his apartment.

Source: The News-Herald
Friday, December 4, 2020
NY channel 7 revisits coverage of John Lennon murder

December 8, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon's murder. The news of Lennon's death was first revealed when Howard Cosell broke the news on ABC's Monday Night Football. 40 years later, ABC7/WABC-TV New York is sharing a firsthand account of Lennon's murder with Eyewitness to the Death of John Lennon.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, November 13, 2020
Yoko Ono hands over Beatles and John Lennon business to Sean

Ailing Yoko Ono is handing her Beatles business interests over to their son Sean Lennon. Yoko has not been seen in public for more than a year. Sean has been appointed director of eight companies, including Lensolo, managing John's solo material, Maclen, which publishes John's work in the US, and Subafilms, a music film company.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney mentally consults with John Lennon while songwriting

Paul McCartney has admitted he still turns to John Lennon for advice when writing new songs. McCartney said, "I'm working on one at the moment that was going one way but I didn't like the lyric. This would have been the point where John and I would have said, You know what, let's have a cup of tea and try rethink this."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
2020 in Review: Best Boxed Sets, Collections & Reissues

In their first installment of their annual look back, Best Classic Bands rounds up the most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2020, including Flaming Pie from Paul McCartney, John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth, Goats Head Soup from The Rolling Stones, and Elton John's Jewel Box.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Author dives deep into John Lennon's alleged male lovers

A lot has been discussed about who John Lennon was behind the camera, notably regarding his love life. His marriage with Yoko Ono has been heavily talked about over the years, although there was apparently a lot more going on with him when it came to who he bedded. And according to a new book, it didn't include just women.

Source: Instinct Magazine
Friday, November 6, 2020
Palm Beach home John Lennon never lived in sells for $36 million

John Lennon's Palm Beach home which he bought shortly before his death in 1980 but never visited has been sold for $36 million, $11 million less than the asking price. The luxury 14,145-square-foot home, located on on the street known as "Billionaire's Row", originally hit the market for a whopping $47.5 million in May.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, October 30, 2020
Tribute to John Lennon helps to raise money for cancer support

Record store owner Alan Barnsdale has paid homage to a musical legend while also raising money for a good cause, by creating a tribute wall to John Lennon at Uptown Records to mark what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday. Sales of the Imagine single at the store is raising money for the Spalding and Holbeach's Macmillan Cancer Support.

Source: Spalding Today, UK
Yoko Ono unveils how to prevent war in the world

Yoko Ono has shared a crucial video message, in which she explained the way to make the world better by eliminating the chances of war, about the upcoming presidential election. In the short but quite meaningful video, Ono says that anybody participating in the peace industry is making the world better.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, October 16, 2020
Noel Gallagher working on John Lennon tribute with Sean Lennon

Oasis' Noel Gallagher has made his love for The Beatles and John Lennon well known over the years. Now, Gallagher is reportedly back in the studio, working on a new song for a John Lennon tribute album. The tribute is being put together by his son, Sean Lennon, in celebration of what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

John Lennon's life and legacy explored on upcoming 20/20

It's been almost 40 years since John Lennon was fatally shot outside his West 72nd Street home at the age of 40. ABC News' esteemed 20/20 will open its 43rd season tonight with a look at the life and legacy of the former Beatle. In addition to the archival footage, the two-hour program will feature the last interview Lennon did the day he died.

Source: Den of Geek
Video: Sean Lennon lights Empire State Building blue for John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue last week to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday. Sean Lennon was given the honors to flip the switch and light up the iconic building. Sean shares a birthday with his father, he turned 45 on October 9.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 9, 2020
Beatles and Yoko Ono remember John Lennon

Paul McCartney has marked what would have been the 80th birthday of his late Beatles band mate John Lennon by sharing a black and white photograph of the pair together. Paul wrote, "I love this picture, it reminds me of the bond between us. Happy 80th John. Love Paul". Ringo Starr also remembered Lennon on Instagram.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Video: Sean Lennon covers John for his 80th Birthday on Colbert

Sean Lennon marked what would've been his father John Lennon's 80th birthday with a cover of "Isolation" for The Late Show's #PlayAtHome music series. The younger Lennon's rendition was fittingly faithful to the the original, with Lennon playing guitar and singing in front of a red wall, with just drums and bass accompanying him.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's mother joined in as Beatles rehearsed in their kitchen

John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on TV in the UK today to mark what would have been the music legend's 80th birthday, and revealed their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. She also said their mother, who was also called Julia, always "encouraged" the singer's dreams.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Empire State Building shines blue to honor John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue with a white peace sign rotating in the mast last night to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday today. Sean Ono Lennon was on hand to flip the switch and light up the iconic building in honor of his father.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 2, 2020
Yoko Ono sues Fred Seaman again

Yoko Ono is suing the former personal assistant of John Lennon again, claiming that he has once again tried to profit from her family, despite him previously agreeing not to give any interviews about working for Lennon, after Seaman gave a sit-down interview on Sept. 10 where he discussed Lennon's life, surrounded by John Lennon memorabilia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon spent Lost Weekend for sale

The Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon lived for 18 months in what he referred to as his "Lost Weekend" has hit the market for $5.5 million. Lennon shared the home on East 52nd Street in New York City with May Pang before going back to Yoko Ono in 1975. From the terrace of this apartment, the pair reported seeing a UFO.

Source: The Sacramento Bee
Paul McCartney happy he reunited with John Lennon before his death

Speaking to John and Yoko Ono's son Sean for Radio 2's John Lennon at 80 event, Paul McCartney said he was "so happy" he had the chance to reconnect with John Lennon before his death, and admitted, "It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn't have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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