John Lennon would have celebrated his 70th birthday on October 9 2010. Had it not been for Mark David Chapman, John Lennon might still be with us to celebrate his 70th birthday, but he was shot outside of his New York apartment, the Dakota, on December 8th, 1980.
It is hard to imagine what John Lennon would think of the world today, he was a peace loving man that showed us this with his music.
John Winston Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, England, his first band The Quarrymen was formed when he was only a teenager. This band evolved into what became one of the world’s greatest legends, The Beatles.
John Lennon was known as the smart Beatle, his wit, and artistic flair brought us such songs as “Strawberry Fields Forever” and in later years “Imagine”.
John Lennon’s Last Live Performance 1974
One of my greatest memories was being at an Elton John Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1974 when he announced that someone would be joining him onstage. That someone was John Lennon. The cheers and screams rocked the Garden right down to the bottom floor where the cars were parked.
When John Lennon and Elton John recorded “whatever Gets You Through the Night” together, Elton John asked him if the song went to number 1 would he appear onstage with him. John Lennon kept his promise by performing three songs with Elton John. This turned out to be John Lennon’s last live performance.
I now keep the classics alive by having my son listen to them, I’ve told him that you will never know what good music really is until you have heard the classics.
It is too bad that we will not get to wish John Lennon a Happy Birthday anymore.