Posts tagged ‘John Lennon’

May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day!

In 1967, John Lennon starred in the comedy film How I Won the War, which was shot in Almeria, Spain, during a break in The Beatles’ schedule. Lennon played Musketeer Gripweed, and the movie was centered around a British platoon fighting in World War II.

Wishing a happy Memorial Day to all readers, and thanking all of those who have fought for our country!

May 26, 2012

What’s the New Mary Jane

Image“What’s the New Mary Jane” was an avant garde song written by John Lennon and recorded by The Beatles during the sessions for the White Album. The song features much experimentation, with vocals by Lennon and music by George Harrison and Yoko Ono. After being left off the album, Lennon planned to release it as a single by The Plastic Ono Band, but this plan was eventually scrapped.

A recorded version was finally released on The Beatles Anthology 3. Listen to “What’s the New Mary Jane” after the jump!

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May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Wishing a Happy 71st Birthday to Bob Dylan!

Dylan was a huge influence on The Beatles’ songwriting, particularly on John Lennon. This is evident on songs like “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” an early example of the more introspective writing style the band starting using after listening to Dylan’s records.

Happy birthday Bob!

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Beatle moms out there! Celebrate by listening to “Julia”, a song John Lennon wrote in honor of his late mother…after the jump!

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May 8, 2012

Dear Prudence

“Dear Prudence” is a song by John Lennon, written during The Beatles’ stay in India, and recorded for the White Album. The song was written for Prudence Farrow, sister of actress Mia, who was also staying in Rishikesh with the band while they studied transcendental meditation. Prudence immersed herself in meditation and refused to come out of her room. Lennon used to sing the song to her to try to coax her out and join the rest of the group.

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April 27, 2012

Tug of War 30th Anniversary

Happy 30th Anniversary to Paul McCartney’s solo album Tug of War, originally released on April 26th, 1982! The album was McCartney’s first after the passing of fellow former Beatle John Lennon, and contained the hit singles “Ebony and Ivory,” “Take It Away” and “Tug of War”. It also commemorated the year of McCartney’s 40th birthday.

April 25, 2012

John Ono Lennon

Following his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, John Lennon officially changed his middle name to Ono. His given middle name was previously Winston.

March 24, 2012

Don’t Let Me Down

“Don’t Let Me Down” was written by John Lennon during The Beatles’ Get Back sessions. It was included as part of the band’s final live concert performance from the rooftop of Apple Studios. This live recording was used as the b-side of the single “Get Back.”

Watch the video for “Don’t Let Me Down” after the jump!

 

 

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March 14, 2012

Revolution Live

The Beatles shot a ‘live’ music video for their single “Revolution”, where the band sang the vocals live over a pre-recorded instrumental track. Differences in the vocal performance include Paul McCartney and George Harrison singing backing vocals and John Lennon changing a line to “count me out…in”. The video premiered during a broadcast of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the U.S.

Watch the video for “Revolution” after the jump!

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February 19, 2012

You’re Going to Lose That Girl

This day in 1965, The Beatles recorded “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” which was mainly written by John Lennon and features call-and-response backing vocals by Paul McCartney and George Harrison. The song was prominently showcased in the movie Help! and included on the soundtrack.

Watch the video of “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” after the jump!

 

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