John Lennon "Please please me, oh yeah, like I please you"...
11/01/2017 - 17:06
"Please please me, oh yeah, like I please you"
#OnThisDay, 11th January 1963, The Beatles released the Lennon penned 'Please Please Me' it was the band's first single to reach no. 1.
"I'm never ever ever ever ever gonna let you go..."
Happy Birthday, Yoko Ono!
#OnThisDay, 17th February 1975, Rock'n'Roll, John's album of rock'n'roll covers was released.
"Love is real, real is love..."
Happy Valentine's Day
love, John & Yoko
#OnThisDay, 12th Feb 1970, John, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band appeared on Top of The Pops to perform Instant Karma!
"Que pasa, New York?"
#OnThisDay, 10th February 1986, John Lennon Live in New York City was released.
On 30th August 1972, John performed two shows at Madison Square Garden, at the One to One show, a benefit concert organised by Geraldo Rivera for Willowbrook State School for children with mental disabilities. Also on the bill were Stevie wonder, Roberta Flack, Melanie Safka and Sha-Na-Na.
Alongside Jim Keltner on drums and Yoko Ono on keyboards, John's backing band for the evening; Elephant's Memory were:
Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel: Lead Guitar
Gary Van Scyoc: Bass Guitar
John Ward: Bass Guitar
Stan Bronstein: Saxophone
Adam Ippolito: Keyboards
Richard Frank Jr.: Drums
WAR IS OVER
If You Want It
Shop the War is Over inspired graphic tee’s from the updated John Lennon Store:
"Just gimme some truth."
Street art in Shoreditch, London, UK.
"Well we all shine on..."
#OnThisDay, 06 February 1970, John released Instant Karma! in the UK.
John had always wanted "to write a song on Monday, cut it Tuesday, have it pressed Wednesday and in the shops by Friday." With 'Instant Karma!', he did almost exactly that. On January 27th, 1970, John "wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and were putting it out for dinner".
"It just came to me. Everybody was going on about karma, especially in the Sixties. But it occurred to me that karma is instant as well as it influences your past life or your future life. There really is a reaction to what you do now. That's what people ought to be concerned about. Also, I'm fascinated by commercials and promotion as an art form. I enjoy them. So the idea of instant karma was like the idea of instant coffee: presenting something in a new form. I just liked it."
John's hastily assembled band was:
George Harrison: acoustic guitar, piano
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar, electric piano
Billy Preston: organ
Alan White: piano, drums
Mal Evans: backing vocals, chimes, handclaps
Yoko Ono, Allen Klein and patrons of a local nightclub: backing vocals
"All we're trying to say to the world is, You're gonna be great!"
"Because we don't have telepathy, we try to describe the dream to each other, to verify to each other what we know, what we believe to be inside each other."
#OnThisDay, 31st January 1974, John's single, #9 Dream, from Walls and Bridges, was released.
"I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition."
#OnThis Day, 30th January 1969, John and The Beatles made their final public performance on the rooftop of Apple Corps, Saville Row, London. The band played for around 40 minutes before being ordered to stop by police.
"Our society is driven by neurotic speed and force, accelerated by greed and the frustration of not being able to live up to the image of men and women we have created for ourselves."
Excerpt from Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio - the Ultimate Edition. by Andy Babuik
Available at Amazon: http://geni.us/BeatlesGear
"Billy Kinsley, bassist for The Merseybeats, recalls hanging out in Hessy's one rainy afternoon with the group's guitarist, Tony Crane, when Jolin Lennon walked into the shop. "He had the Bigsby on his Rickenbacker, but he kept losing the spring from it. In Liverpool at the time you couldn't get spare parts, like in America. So Jim Gretty would nick one from another Bigsby. Jim was a friend of John's, and he'd tell him to nick a spring off another guitar."
Kinsley also recalls that on the same day he told Lennon he'd ordered a Gibson bass from the States, an EB-0 model. "John said that he and George really wanted Paul to get a different bass. They didn't like the violin bass, and they wanted him to get an EB-0."
"Our society is being run by insane people for insane objectives."