The late former Beatle John Lennon may be gone but he is hardly forgotten. Still considered by many to be one of the biggest influences in modern popular music, on his birthday today we pause to reflect on his legacy and the years he is remembered for.
Lennon would have turned 81 today
When John Lennon was murdered in New York City in 1980 at the age of 40, he released a new album, double fantasy, with his wife Yoko Ono. His son, Sean, was the joy of his life. John’s death left a lot of possibilities untapped, leaving a lot undone.
the new York TimesUpon the arrival of The Beatles in New York City in 1964, Lennon couldn’t help but report on the miracle of intelligence. At a news conference welcoming the band at Kennedy International Airport, a reporter asked, “‘Will you sing for us?’ Mr. Lennon replied, ‘We need money first.’ More applause.’How do you account for your success?’ Mr. Lennon again: ‘We have a press agent.’”
His widow Yoko Ono built the Imagine Peace Tower in Lennon’s memory
To commemorate Lennon’s birth, Ono tweeted, the Imagine Peace Tower he designed and erected in Iceland in 2007 will be illuminated.
“Today on October 9th we re-celebrate @IPTower to celebrate @JohnLennon’s birthday at 8pm Reykjavik, 9pm UK, 4pm NY, 1pm LA, 5pm Tokyo. Ono said in his tweet, Join us for the live stream at http://imaginepeacetower.com as we light it up together and listen to Imagine.
The Imagine Peace Tower is published annually to honor Lennon’s birthday. Ono chose Iceland as the place to pay tribute to Lennon because, according to Iceland’s official tourist destination“Iceland is a magical and beautiful country. The electrical energy source for the country and for the Imagine Peace Tower is geothermal – water rather than oil. no pollution. no war. This is one of the incredible conditions that creates the magic of Iceland,” Ono was quoted as saying.
Just as Lennon sang in his 1970 hit “Instant Karma,” ‘We all shine, like the moon and the stars and the sun,’ and John Lennon’s legacy continues to shine undeniably.
Just before Lennon’s birthday this week it was announced that his signature song, “Imagine,” (marking his own milestone with the 50th anniversary this year), would be triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. was certified.
In his 2005 book, John Lennon: In His Own Words, writer Ken Lawrence explains that “Lennon’s legacy lives on not only in the hearts of fans but in the music industry as well. [Twelve years] After his death, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Grammy Awards and in 1998, John Lennon Anthology, a four CD set of their unreleased songs and performances was released. In 1992, Ono told USA Today: ‘John tried to change the world with his songs.’ By any measure, he succeeded. “
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