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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
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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."

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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
Monday, January 20, 2020
Surrey home where John Lennon and Ringo Starr lived in the 60s for sale

A spectacular mansion where John Lennon and Ringo Starr once lived has emerged for sale at an eye-watering 11 million. The sprawling Hartlands estate is nestled on the incredibly desirable St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, which housed John and Ringo throughout the 1960s. The luxury property boasts seven bedrooms and a swimming pool.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon's first wife reveals moment she walked in on him with Yoko

John Lennon met his first wife Cynthia Lennon at Liverpool College of Art back in 1957. Five years later, she fell pregnant with their son Julian Lennon and the couple were wed. In the following years, the Lennons' relationship began to break down and it was 1966 when The Beatles star John first came face to face with Yoko Ono.

Source: The Express, UK
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Julian Lennon pays tribute to late Rush drummer

Julian Lennon recently took to social media via Twitter to pay his respects to Neil Peart who lost a battle with brain cancer this past week. Lennon wrote, "RIP Neil... You were one of the Best... And Rush was one of the 1st Live Shows I went to see as a Teenager... Always Loved them, always will.. My Sincere Condolences to All Family & Friends."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, January 6, 2020
Liam Gallagher picks his favorite John Lennon song ever

Once dubbed "the angriest man in the world" by his guitarist brother Noel, as affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.

Source: Far Out Magazine
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New intimate photo of John and Yoko released on social media

John Lennon's official Instagram page unearthed yet another previously unseen photo of John and Yoko Ono, although the official Instagram page surprised the fans by not giving any specific details about the pic. It shows John and Yoko, John wearing shorts, walking down the street in what appears to be New York City.

Source: Metalhead Zone
John Lennon's heartwarming Christmas letter to first wife Cynthia

An uncovered letter from 1958 has revealed the strength of feeling John Lennon had for Cynthia Powell. The letter can be seen in the book "The John Lennon Letters" by editor Hunter Davies and published by Pete Townsend and Neil Young. In it John drew the two of them standing close, heads together, his hand laid gently on her arm.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, December 20, 2019
Priscilla Presley reveals truth about Elvis' awkward meeting with Beatles

In a newly unearthed interview, Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla Presley, who was his girlfriend at the time The Beatles came to visit, recalled how the day went. "They were so cute," Priscilla said. "They were so excited but so nervous. You could hear a pin drop when they walked in. All they cared about was seeing Elvis."

Source: Infosurhoy
Monday, December 16, 2019
Beatles chauffeur sells iconic John Lennon glasses for $184,000

A former Beatles chauffeur recently sold a broken pair of John Lennon's sunglasses for $184,000 at an auction. Alan Herring had picked up the shades from the back of Ringo Starr's car, which he was using to drive the band members around one day in the summer of 1968. One lens had fallen out of its frame and one leg was disconnected.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Billy Connolly regrets being too embarrassed to meet John Lennon

Billy Connolly says one of his biggest regrets is being too embarrassed to meet John Lennon. He was given a letter of introduction to present to Lennon by Paul McCartney's younger brother Mike McGear, but felt mortified at the thought of using the formal greeting to introduce himself to Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Manhattan home.

Source: The Scottish Sun
Monday, December 9, 2019
Sean Lennon shares family photo on 39th anniversary of his dad's death

Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. His son Sean chose to share a photo marking the day of his dad's death. In a photo that Sean left captionless, his 5-year-old self is seen smiling with both his parents, who are equally thrilled. Several celebrities left comments on the photo.

Source: Little Things
Sunday, December 8, 2019
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

The date December 8, 1980, is one that millions instantly recognize. And it's a date we wish we could forget. It was on that night that the senseless murder of John Lennon took place. We won't even mention the name of his killer because he does not deserve the attention. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Yoko Ono's clash with Elton John after Lennon's death

Elton John has revealed he clashed with Yoko Ono a couple of years after John Lennon's death, saying he felt "terrible" about the situation. "She told me she'd found a load of tapes with unfinished songs," he says, but he "absolutely didn't want" to complete the songs, feeling it was "too soon" after his death.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, November 22, 2019
New John Lennon project officially revealed

John Lennon's official Instagram page has revealed that John Lennon's Harp & Harmonica Hits is now online at the Spotify platform. The official announcement told fans new John Lennon Spotify Playlists are up on the website, johnlennon.com, and included a link to the new @Spotify playlist, bit.ly/JLharmonica.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
John Lennon's sad photo from the final show of the Beatles revealed

John Lennon's official and verified Instagram page unearthed the never-before-seen frame of John which was taken before The Beatles' final live performance of the 1966 USA Tour. The photo is Lennon backstage at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, on Monday August 29, 1966, and was taken by Jim Marshall.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, November 8, 2019
John Lennon's hilariously bitchy letter sent to Todd Rundgren

In 1974, singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren sat down with Melody Maker magazine for an interview about his new material. About John Lennon, Rundgren said, "John Lennon ain't no revolutionary. He's a f***ing idiot, man. Shouting about revolution and acting like an ass. It just makes people feel uncomfortable."

Source: Far Out Magazine
Monday, November 4, 2019
John Lennon's secret letter to unexpected celebrity exposed for first time

John Lennon's official Instagram page shared a new photo today. The golden-worth memorabilia from 1977 shows John's handwritten letter to the director of The Godfather Triology, Francis Ford Coppola. In the letter, John tells Coppola, "due to my work schedule I really don't have the time for such a big new project."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Yoko Ono art piece on display at museum in Vermont

The dairy barn at the Rokeby Museum is one of three "ghost buildings" on the grounds. Ric Kasini Kadour, the museum's curator of contemporary art, wanted to re-raise the barn. "I wanted a piece that activated it," he said, "and couldn't afford holograms and lasers." So he thought of the next-best thing, Yoko Ono.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
John Lennon song Beatles thought was too weird for The White Album

By the late '60s, the Beatles' full commitment to the studio and maturity as songwriters encouraged them to take their music as far as they could. For the White Album, while the nutty Why Don't We Do It in the Road, Piggies and John's highly experimental Revolution 9 made the cut, one truly weird Lennon tune did not.

Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Monday, August 19, 2019
How Peter Fonda's LSD trip with Beatles produced classic John Lennon lyric

Peter Fonda, who passed away on Friday, once famously uttered a statement that John Lennon wrote into the Beatles song She Said She Said. Under the influence of LSD, he attempted to calm George Harrison, who feared he was dying. He said, "I told him there was nothing to be afraid of, I knew what it was like to be dead."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Jude Southerland Kessler releases Volume IV in the John Lennon Series

Jude Southerland Kessler, the world's foremost expert on the life of John Lennon and author of The John Lennon Series, an outlined nine-volume narrative history covering the story of the man who formed the Beatles, has just released her fourth installment, Should Have Known Better, which covers the year 1964.

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