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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN LENNON! ALONG WITH THE MUSIC, WE MISS THE HUMOR

October 13, 2013

In all the great back-and-forth discussion we’ve had this past week about the best Jewish rockers of all time, and also remembering  the strange but true connection between marijuana and the Lawrence Welk Show, we neglected to recognize an important date in rock history.

Photo by Roy Kerwood

Photo by Roy Kerwood

If alive today, John Lennon would’ve celebrated his 73rd birthday on October 8th.

Lennon, of course, was and still is one of rock’s greatest contributors. If Paul McCartney was the heart of The Beatles then John was the soul of the group. John was also the one classic rocker whose songs actually had something important to say.

But other than his incredible musical talents, the thing that first drew me to  John was his sense of humor. He always had the ability to make me laugh. He still does.

For our last number, I’d like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry,” Lennon said when The Beatles performed at the Royal Variety Performance in London on November, 4, 1963 that was attended by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

It’s a classic line.

And in “A Hard Day’s Night”, made during the height of Beatlemania in 1964, John’s scenes in it are, in my opinion, some of the best in one of the funniest movies ever made.

Now it’s your turn. Please share your favorite John Lennon songs and memories?

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2 Comments
  1. Michelle permalink

    Favorite quote:
    “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

  2. joanne permalink

    I remember Janice and I would go to the Park Theater in Everett to see the Beatles’ movies. We would run home after, pretending we were the Beatles and the girls were chasing us. Loved those movies…miss the Park theater.

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