Born on this day: October 9, 1940 – Singer, songwriter and Rock & Roll icon John Lennon (born John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, UK). Happy Birthday to John on what would have been his 79th Birthday. Also Happy 44th Birthday to Sean Lennon (born Sean Taro Ono Lennon in New York City) born on this day in 1975.
On this day in music history: August 11, 1966 – John Lennon holds a press conference at the Astor Towers in Chicago to apologize for remarks he had made in an interview published five months earlier. The original interview with journalist Maureen Cleave is published in the British newspaper The Evening Standard on March 4, 1966. During the interview, Lennon comments on religion and what he feels is the decline of Christianity in modern times. The comments make little to no impact in Great Britain. On the eve of the bands fourth American Tour, US fan magazine Datebook reprints Lennon’s comments out of context causing a furor in the US bible belt, with radio stations banning the bands music, burning their records and The Beatles themselves receiving death threats. After Lennon’s public apology, the uproar eventually blow over. Though it mark the beginning of the end of The Beatles days as a touring band. They quietly and permanently withdraw from the road when they play their final live date at the end of the month at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.
On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 – John Lennon meets Paul McCartney for the first time at the Woolton Village Fete in Liverpool. They are introduced to each other by mutual friend Ivan Vaughn. The then sixteen year old Lennon is there with his skiffle band The Quarrymen, who are performing on a flatbed truck in the church garden. McCartney (fifteen years old at the time) attends the fete at the invitation of Vaughn. Following the bands performance, Lennon and McCartney meet. During this meeting, McCartney sings and plays the Eddie Cochran song “Twenty Flight Rock” (along with several other songs). He also shows Lennon how to properly tune a guitar. Impressed with McCartney’s musical skill, Lennon asks him to join The Quarrymen a short time later and he accepts. The first meeting between two teenagers marks the beginning of one of the greatest songwriting partnerships, and the genesis of one of the greatest rock & roll bands in history.
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Though the Caribbean scenes come at the end of the film, they were the first to be shot. They arrived on February 23rd for the 14-day Caribbean shoot. Much of the film’s beach scenes were shot on Cabbage Beach, on the northern side of Paradise Island.