Category: John Lennon

On this day in music history: August 11, 1966 …

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.

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The Beatles on set of a “A Hard Day&rs…

The Beatles on set of a “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)  

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Rolling Stone magazine covers from 1969

On this day in music history: July 6, 1957 – J…

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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The Beatles filming “Help!” in the Bahamas, 1965.

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.

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Couples in New York City – Photos by Bob Gruen

Ike Turner & Tina Turner in Central Park on July 2, 1971.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

on 73rd St and Central Park West on April 2,1973

Sonny Bono & Cher on Lexington Avenue on May 5, 1973. 

On this day in music history: June 1, 1969 – &…

On this day in music history: June 1, 1969 – “Give Peace A Chance” by The Plastic Ono Band is recorded. Written by John Lennon (though credited to Lennon – McCartney on its original release), the song is written as a message to promote world peace. Inspiration for the song comes during John and Yoko’s “bed-in” honeymoon, after a reporter asks Lennon what they are trying to achieve by laying in bed. Lennon answers “just give peace a chance”. When he gives this answer on more than one occasion during the bed-in, John quickly writes the song and then hires a four track tape machine to brought into their suite to commit it to tape. It is recorded in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with numerous friends and celebrities present including Timothy Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Murray the K, Derek Taylor and Tommy Smothers (also on guitar) singing on the chorus. The song is adapted as an anthem of the American anti-war movement. Released as a single in the UK on July 4, 1969 (US release on July 7, 1969) “Give Peace A Chance” peaks at #2 on the UK singles chart and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono during an interview at their home at Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot, Berkshire, July 1971.

Photos by Michael Putland

The Beatles during the filming of Help! (196…

The Beatles during the filming of Help! (1965)

The Beatles on the set of Help! (1965)

The Beatles on the set of Help! (1965)