Over the decades, John Lennon's songs have been covered by thousands of artists. Just think of all the people — from unknown Lithuanian bar bands to Lada Gaga — who have had a crack at "Imagine." Today, on the 74th anniversary of his birth on October 9, 1940, I'm paying tribute to Lennon by rounding up five of what I feel are the best performances of his solo songs by other artists.
In honor of what would have been his 74th birthday, here’s a rare clip of John Lennon performing “Imagine” live. The performance was filmed at New York City's Apollo Theater December 17, 1971. Rather than playing the piano, which the song was composed on, Lennon plays an acoustic guitar and is accompanied by a group of acoustic players.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the premier, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile Pro-Audio, Video and Broadcast studio providing hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998, comes to New York City for stops at public schools in each of the five boroughs culminating on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. The legendary songwriter, poet, artist and activist would have been 74.
Forty-eight years ago this summer — in late July and August 1966 — the Beatles found themselves in a touchy situation. On July 29 of that year, a teen magazine called Datebook published segments of a nearly 5-month-old interview with John Lennon. Among the republished segments was this quote by Lennon: "We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock 'n' roll or Christianity."
It's that time of year when some of us might start dotting our I's with little hearts and thinking of ways to impress. And for that I am here to help! Here are ten wonderful love songs that you can work out with ease. In fact, most of them only have three or four chords. These may be simpler versions than the original, but trust me, the object of your affection will not care.
Calling all songwriters! Help support the mission of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and enter your original music into Session II, 2013 of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest! Make sure to not miss the deadline for submissions, which is this Sunday December 15th at midnight. The contest offers cash awards and prizes worth over $300,000!
The recently remastered and stripped-down versions of Double Fantasy offer a revealing glimpse into John Lennon’s spirit and artistry. In this Guitar World exclusive, session guitarists Rick Nielsen and Earl Slick and producer Jack Douglas discuss the stories and sounds behind Lennon’s final album.
John Lennon would've turned 73 today, October 9, 2013. Of course, he left behind some incredible music. As one of the Beatles' founders, chief songwriters, guitarists and vocalists, he pretty much permanently altered the face of pop culture.
John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself.