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YOKO ONO CONSIDERS REVEALING EXTENT OF HER INFLUENCE ON JOHN

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Yoko Ono said she was considering the possibility of revealing the full extent of how she had influenced music written by John Lennon, though she wasn’t sure she wanted to.

Her comments came during a discussion about Lennon’s solo song “Jealous Guy,” which appeared as a demo version under its original title “Child of Nature” on the recent expanded edition of the Beatles’ White Album.
“That was [Ono] going, ‘You’re just writing words. Write about something real and something that matters,’” Ono collaborator Simon Hilton told NME. “And then [John] came out with that. If you really tune into the lyrics of ‘Jealous Guy,’ it’s really very heavy and profound.”

He added that “at the time, Yoko had so much bad press and people didn’t seem to like her. She was kept out of things in order not to spoil the public’s reaction to them. I think there was a sense that they were trying to protect the art from being defamed by the sort of negative halo of associations with her. … And the lyrics of ‘Jealous Guy’? Come on, people never bared their soul like that in those days. That was unheard of.” “I think it’s a good song from a woman’s point of view as well [as a man’s],” Ono said. “John was trying to create a fun song about going on a trip to Rishikesh. That might have been great too, but it ended up not being that. … John would have given me the right credit, but it was a difficult time. No famous songwriter would have thought of splitting the credit with his wife.”

In 2017 Ono received a co-writing credit for Lennon’s classic song “Imagine,” 46 years after its release. Asked if there were more details to be revealed about her contribution to her husband’s work, she said, “I think in maybe 10 years I can tell it all. But I don’t know if I want to.”

JOHN’S LAST YEARS IN PALM BEACH

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Five years after he rattled President Nixon with his “Give Peace a Chance” protest anthem during the Vietnam War, Lennon visited the island on a Christmas vacation that also marked his last days as a member of The Beatles.

He went for walks along the ocean, lounged by the pool, tossed firecrackers with his son under the palm trees. He even sneaked in a side trip to Disney World, where he went mostly unrecognized by the Magic Kingdom crowds. Beatlemania, this was not. “I really like it here,” he told a Palm Beach Daily News reporter during that 1974 Christmas holiday visit, possibly his first to the island. “I really don’t want to leave Palm Beach. I’d like to own a piece of it.”

May Pang, John and Julian at the Sun and Surf condo on Palm Beach, December 1974. (Davidoff Studios)

And that’s exactly what he would do, six years and many more visits later. On Jan. 31, 1980, he bought El Solano, an Addison Mizner-designed oceanfront mansion he’d rented for a few weeks almost a year earlier. He and Yoko Ono, started planning extensive renovations and dreamed of becoming regular Palm Beach snowbirds nestled in an estate just a mile up A1A from Mar-A-Lago, which President Trump now uses as his winter White House. But 37 years ago John was murdered by a deranged fan outside his luxury apartment building in New York City. The dream was over.

Celebrities have always come and gone on Palm Beach. But for a guy who didn’t spend a lot of time on the island, Lennon made a lasting impression on the people he connected with. The Lake Worth man hired as Lennon’s gardener after writing him a letter. The neighbor whose former FBI agent husband chatted over a hedge with the former Beatle without knowing who he was. The Palm Springs man who delivered a eulogy at El Solano after Lennon died. Their memories all shine on.

May Pang, Lewis Garlick, John at the Sun and Surf condominiums on Palm Beach in December 1974. (Photo by Davidoff Studios)

Except for a few legal technicalities, The Beatles had already broken up when Lennon arrived in Palm Beach in late December 1974 with his girlfriend and his 11-year-old son Julian.“We wanted to give Julian a good time for his Christmas holiday, somewhere warm,“May Pang, Lennon’s girlfriend during an 18-month period from 1973-75 known as “The Lost Weekend,” recalled in a November interview with The Palm Beach Post.

The Beatles’ final album, “Let it Be,” was released in 1970. By then, Paul McCartney had already announced he was leaving. But over the next few years, even as each of the Beatles started working on individual music projects, diehard fans held out hope of a reunion. Their optimism was fueled in 1973 when Lennon separated from his wife Yoko, regarded by some people as a factor in breaking up the band.But by December 1974, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr had all signed the legal document spelling out the terms of The Beatles’ formal split. The only signature missing was Lennon’s.

John and Julian. December 1974 at the Sun and Surf condo, Palm Beach (Photo courtesy of Davidoff Studios)

He was supposed to sign at a meeting with his former bandmates at the Plaza Hotel in in New York City on Dec. 19. But he blew it off after objecting to a clause that he felt would create tax problems for him. He went to Palm Beach instead.“Morris Levy said, ’Why don’t you come down, take my apartment,” Pang recalled, referring to the controversial mob-tied music industry executive who owned a unit at the Sun and Surf Condominiums on Sunrise Avenue.Not long after arriving, Lennon took a side trip to Disney World with his son, Pang, Levy and Levy’s 11-year-old son Adam. Lennon’s favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean. And he relished being able to walk nearly unrecognized though crowds at the Magic Kingdom. But lawyers from Apple Records found him. Carrying newly-revised dissolution documents, they caught up with Lennon at the Polynesian Village Resort.

Pang snapped a photo of Lennon signing the papers. The image is included in her 2008 book, “Instamatic Karma,” which says he signed the document on Dec. 29. 1974, “in the unlikely backdrop of Disney World, at the Polynesian Village Hotel, officially ending the greatest rock ’n roll band in history…”

A day later, Lennon was back in Palm Beach.“Aside from signing the papers (at Disney World), he was there to swim and relax and not think about anything. Nothing about work,” Pang said. “We were there for a week. A few days in Palm Beach, a day or two at Disney World, then we came back to Palm Beach and then home to New York.”Adam Levy said he remembers hitting it off with Julian Lennon in Palm Beach while their fathers talked. In a store one day, the 11-year-old boys found a new source of amusement called snap-bangs – tiny white firecrackers that make a loud bang when tossed on the ground.“I remember asking for some money to buy some of those and John Lennon gave us $100,” recalled Adam Levy, who now lives in New Jersey.“I don’t think at that age that I fully appreciated who John Lennon was. But throwing those firecrackers, it’s the one thing only an 11-year-old child could remember about spending a vacation with John and Julian Lennon.”

News clipping of John Lennon with Adam Levy (second from left) and kids at a Palm Beach restaurant in December 1974.

With the Garlicks sitting nearby, Lennon played backgammon with Pang and watched Julian swim in the pool. There were no formal introductions, Davidoff recalled. They just started shooting photos.“I was totally star-struck,” Davidoff said, “but he was very approachable. I said something like, ‘What is it that you don’t like about all of this?’, meaning fame and stardom. He said, ‘I don’t like being famous. I just want to be like you guys.”’Davidoff made sure his dad, who died in 2004, took a few photos of him with Lennon, including one that he carries in his wallet today.Lennon also spent part of the week attending parties on the island and taking Pang shopping for jewelry on Worth Avenue. “He bought me a little necklace and earrings and a bracelet,” she said.

A photo Ken Davidoff keeps in his wallet of him and John. (Photo/Leslie Gray Streeter)

David off saw Lennon again in either 1979 or 1980, after getting a tip that the former Beatle was in town, this time with Yoko. Carrying a copy of the photo his dad took of him with Lennon, Davidoff tracked the musician down in a store on Worth Avenue and reminded him about the December 1974 photo shoot.

Lennon asked if he had more pictures from that day. “Can you bring them by the house?” Lennon asked. Davidoff remembers his own reaction of shock: “I couldn’t believe it. John Lennon invited me his house.” Twenty minutes later, Davidoff was standing at the front door of El Solano on Ocean Boulevard. He knocked and assumed a maid or an assistant would answer. He was wrong. “John (expletive) Lennon answered the door!” he recalled. “I didn’t expect that at all.”But his visit lasted less than 10 seconds. “I said, ‘These are the proofs from that day.’ He thanked me and took the sheet. Didn’t invite me in. And he never called to order any photos.”

One day in early 1979, a “Mrs. Green” of New York City called the late Palm Beach Realtor Ben Johnson about renting a home for the winter season.When “Mrs. Green” said she was staying at The Colony hotel and hoped to see homes that afternoon, Johnson explained he’d need a little more advance notice.“She said, ‘Ben, it’s not really Mrs. Green. It’s Yoko Ono.’ I said, ‘I’ll be right over,”’ Johnson recalled in a 1989 interview with The Palm Beach Post. The first and only house he showed them was El Solano, owned by his friend, socialite Brownie McLean.

Built in 1919, the two-story estate had 22 rooms, nine bathrooms and four fireplaces over 10,600 square feet, along with two swimming pools and a rich history as home to Addison Mizner, Harold Sterling Vanderbilt and other big shots of Palm Beach society.

El Solano, the oceanfront mansion where John bought in January 1980.

When McLean lived there, the house for a while held the ashes of her late husband, Jock, as well as the Hope Diamond, which eventually wound up in the Smithsonian Institution. Within a half hour of their visit, Lennon and Ono decided to rent the home for the month of March – for $25,000. But after just two weeks, business lured them to New York and they gave the home back to McLean.

Later that year, Lennon and Ono returned. With Johnson’s help, they stopped by McLean’s house one day in November with an offer to buy it.“John made the tea, while Yoko hammered out the negotiations,” Johnson, who worked for Cutter Real Estate, recalled. At first, McLean said no. “They made lowball offers,” she recalled in an interview a few years ago. “Finally, they got up to my price, but demanded I be out of the house in a week. I called up Northwood University, offered them the antiques I didn’t want, and left.”

The Lennons started their renovation plans in February 1980. Later that year, less than a month before Lennon was murdered, a Palm Beach official wrote a letter thanking them for their restoration efforts — and politely reminding them that the roof was in need of repair. “Your house is the only one on South Ocean Boulevard showing green roofing paper to our many residents and visitors,” Robert Ballinger of the Landmarks Preservation Commission wrote on Nov. 3, 1980. After Lennon’s death, the El Solano renovations would take several years. Ono didn’t spend much time there before letting it go in 1986 for $3.15 million. (The house’s most recent sale last year fetched $23.05 million.) “I sold the house because it’s just very painful, because it’s a reminder of a beautiful time we couldn’t have together,” she said in 1990. McLean would lose touch with Ono. “I heard later that she thought my husband’s ghost was haunting the place.”

It was at El Solano in March 1979 that Lennon’s two sons, Julian and Sean, met each other for the first time. Also visiting were Yoko’s three Japanese nieces, whom Lennon referred to as the “Japanieces,” according to “The Last Days of John Lennon,” a memoir published in 1991 by former Lennon assistant Frederic Seaman. Lennon often brought his Ovation acoustic guitar out back to play by the swimming pool and, under the palm trees, taught Julian how to play chords, according to the book. He also spent time with Seaman watching TV — including the movie “Deliverance” — discussing UFOs and enjoying sunrises through the mansion’s front windows. “Sunrises rejuvenate you. It recharges the batteries!” Lennon is quoted as saying.

On April 1, 1979, Lennon chartered a small yacht where he threw Julian a party for the boy’s 16th birthday. A day or two later, he and Ono drove Julian to the airport – the last time Lennon would ever see his oldest son.

In early 1980 at El Solano, Lennon hosted the actor Peter Boyle and visited an unnamed metaphysical bookstore in West Palm Beach where he bought boxes of books to fill the estate’s empty shelves, according to Seaman. On April 18, after making arrangements with a local flower shop, Lennon had Seaman decorate the house with more than 100 gardenias as a 47th birthday surprise for Yoko when she woke up. Lennon wasn’t always thrilled about the island, according to Seaman’s book.One chapter describes Lennon berating Boyle at El Solano after they returned from dinner at La Petite Marmite, a Worth Avenue restaurant Boyle insisted on going to even though it was frequented by society photographers. Lennon had visited the restaurant in 1974 and didn’t enjoy the experience: “It became difficult for them to eat so they requested a table in the rear of the restaurant where they could be alone,” read a Jan. 1, 1975 Palm Beach Daily News column.

The Seaman book also describes Lennon sitting at brunch in The Breakers, “sizing up the crowd, pointing out those who were most likely to muster the courage to approach our table for autographs.” Lennon enjoying being driven around Palm Beach and West Palm Beach “observing the ‘natives,’ one of John’s favorite pastimes,” according to the book. “John was very impressed by the ‘wealthy atmosphere’ and ‘squeaky-clean” streets but also complained about the preponderance of well-dressed, clean-cut and tanned men and women,” Seaman wrote. “He said that ‘a little sleaze’ might give the place much-needed ‘color’” and “would no doubt liven up the disgustingly wholesome environment.”

But there was lots he loved about Palm Beach, too, including Sunrise Health Foods, famous for smoothies and pita sandwiches in its cramped digs next to the Palm Beach Hotel on Sunrise Avenue.“It was their store,” recalled the late Mimi Welfeld, who owned the store, which has since closed. One day, he bought virtually all the Haagen-Dazs ice cream in the freezer. “All the girls (went nuts) because he went into the back to put on one of our T-shirts,” Welfeld said, recalling another visit when she gave Lennon the shirt for free. “He was very personable, so nice to the girls. He came up to buy the shirt and I said, ‘Be my guest.’ Then he asked if he could put it on right there.” As Lennon pulled the shirt over his head, Yoko “was running around getting cheese,” Welfeld recalled.

El Solano was one of many homes serviced in the 1970s by David Gately of American Pool Services in West Palm Beach. In February 1980, he got a phone call to meet the new owner, a “Mr. Green.”“It was 9 a.m. and it was really cold. I pulled down the service drive and down the path comes John Lennon and Peter Boyle,” recalled Gately, a huge Beatles fan and a big fan of Boyle’s 1974 movie “Young Frankenstein.”

Gately remembers being so nervous that he stammered and stuttered until Lennon calmed him down. “He said, ‘It’s all right, it’s all right.’ I said, ‘Yeah, but you’re a Beatle and he’s Frankenstein.’”

It was the start of a friendship that built up during Gately’s twice-a-week visits to service the estate’s two swimming pools. Every time Gately arrived, Lennon was waiting outside to chat with him. “We got to know each other on a first-name basis. It seemed like he was a lonely guy,” said Gately, who one day installed a pool slide and showed Lennon’s son Sean how to use it. As Gately cleaned the pool, Lennon would ask what he did for fun. “I told him about a poker group I was in and he perked up. ‘I love poker.’ I said sometimes we’re allowed to bring a guest and he said, ‘Next season when I come, I would love to play poker with you guys.”’ All summer, Gately fantasized about walking into his local poker game with a Beatle. “I’m thinking, ‘My God, wait ‘til I tell my friends I’m bringing a guest to poker and I see their faces when I walk in with John Lennon!’ “But, of course, he never came back.”

One morning in February 1980, Terry Bosley took a phone call from a man who wanted to book a lunch cruise that afternoon on a 41-foot sailboat Bosley had named Imagine, after a signature Lennon song. Bosley couldn’t guarantee the last-minute reservation and said he’d call the man later. Instead, the man phoned Bosley back: “If I told you the customer is John Lennon, would it make a difference?” “Come on over,” Bosley replied.

Six years earlier, Bosley and his wife Linda launched a unique service — a floating restaurant serving gourmet meals on the water. “A moveable feast” read a banner on the boat. When he saw it anchored at a West Palm Beach dock, Lennon was amused that the boat shared the name of his song, according to Seaman’s “The Last Days of John Lennon.” Lennon came aboard with Yoko, their 5-year-old son Sean, Seaman and a nanny, and they all sailed north on the Intracoastal. Lennon signed the boat’s official guest log, according to The Miami Herald. Under “date” he drew a smiling sun. Under address he scrawled “here and there.”

During the 5-hour cruise, they anchored off Peanut Island and talked about the renovations they were planning for El Solano. They sang songs – but nothing by The Beatles, a subject the Bosleys never broached. After Terry Bosley sang an old sailor song, Lennon offered an impromptu version of “Popeye the Sailor Man.”

At El Solano, the back yard’s rear border abutted a South County Road home owned by the late Fred Hope, a Palm Beach attorney who had worked in Washington as an FBI agent. One day, Marie Hope, Fred’s wife, was in the backyard planting flowers when she heard her husband chatting with someone near a driveway shared by the two properties. “I looked up to see who he was talking to and I saw it was John Lennon. I recognized him right away,” recalled Marie Hope Davis, who now lives on Singer Island. “I wanted to meet him but I was covered in dirt. I ran into the house to wash my face and get cleaned up. By the time I got out there, he was gone.”

As Marie recalls, her conversation with her husband went something like this:“Who were you talking to?” “Oh, that’s the gardener next door. He was asking me about some plants.” “Really. Are we talking about the guy with the long hair and round glasses?” “Yes. Why?”,“That was John Lennon!”…“Who’s John Lennon?”

Nearly 40 years later, Davis still laughs about how her strait-laced husband had no idea who Lennon was – and how Lennon, an FBI target in the 1970s, had no idea he was talking to a former FBI agent.

Joanne Hochella, Sean Lennon and Dane Worthington around 1984. Joanne worked as John’s house keeper at El Solano on Palm Beach. her brother, Dane Worthington was hired as gardener at El Solano after he wrote a letter to John.After John was killed in 1980, Joanne and Dane remained close with Lennon’s son Sean for the next several years.

Dane Worthington figured he had nothing to lose. It was March 1980, and the 27-year-old Lake Worth man had read an article about Lennon buying a house on Palm Beach.

“I wrote him a letter. The Post printed his address,” recalled Worthington, an avid Beatles fan who at the time had been working on Palm Beach as a gardener at the oceanfront home of June Martino, the long-time secretary for McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. “I told them I wasn’t interested in working for them but that I wanted to talk to them about what they could do with their house.” A few days later, he got a call from Seaman, Lennon’s assistant.

“He said, ‘Madam Yoko would like to see you,”’ recalled Worthington, now a massage therapist in Pennsylvania. “So, I went to meet Madam Yoko and I was led to the ballroom where Yoko looked gorgeous and fabulous in her silk kimono. You could see the ocean behind her and she asked me my birthdate, did her numbers,” he said, referring to a numerology reading Yoko did on him, “and then asked me when I could start. I told her I wasn’t looking for a job but she convinced me. “Then she just walked around the house describing all the things she wanted done to the place and by the time we got to the Florida room…I met John and Sean.”

Worthington, who is 6-4, walked up to Lennon, who was 5-10. He was sitting in a chair. “He stood up, looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God, a big one!”’ Worthington was told he could start working at El Solano a week later. But by the time he returned home, there was already a message for him. “They said they were leaving for New York and they wanted me to stay at the house right away,” he said. Worthington said he probably only spent time with Lennon that one day in Palm Beach and maybe two other days in New York, where he delivered sushi during a recording session for “Double Fantasy.”

He also got his sibling a job. Lennon and Ono were looking for a housekeeper at El Solano, and Worthington recommended his sister, Joanne Hochella, of Palm Springs. She worked at El Solano from the summer of 1980 until it was sold in 1986. For part of that time, she and her husband, John, lived in a cottage behind the estate.

The Hochellas never met Lennon but they would become close with Ono, as did Worthington. Six days after Lennon’s murder, about 200 people showed up outside El Solano for a Sunday afternoon prayer vigil that coincided with other Lennon vigils being held that day around the world. “They were climbing over the walls,” recalled Hochella. Many mourners parked cars illegally along South Ocean Boulevard and on side streets. As they wept and set flowers and signs outside the driveway, a Palm Beach policeman used a bullhorn to warn that cars would be ticketed.

Just before 2 p.m., the mansion’s gate swung open and the mourners were invited to file into the front courtyard where they deposited flowers and wreaths by a saltwater swimming pool.
“Yoko gave the command to open the gates,” recalled John Hochella. “My wife called Yoko and told her about it and she said ‘Please let the kids in on the front lawn.”’
They stayed for about 10 minutes and prayed during a eulogy given by John Hochella, who at the time was a lay minister.
“That was tough for me,” recalled Hochella, who lives in Loxahatchee, “because I didn’t know where John stood religiously, what his beliefs were. I tried to keep it as subtle as I could.”
News articles described what Hochella said:
“We unite in prayer and meditation at this moment with others all over the world to pray for the soul of John Lennon… “John believed in the unity of mankind. He believed in peace and in the brotherhood of all. His music is evidence of this. And his music tells us that John Lennon will always be with us in spirit.”

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HI FI CHOICE MAG – DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE

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Hi Fi Choice mag, December 2018 issue It’s packed with great music review including: John Lennon the Ultimate Collection and Yoko Ono: Warzone.



ON THIS DAY: ROCK AND ROLL CIRCUS TV SPECIAL WAS TAPED

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was a concert show organised by the Rolling Stones on 11 December 1968.

The show was filmed on a makeshift circus stage with Jethro Tull, The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and The Rolling Stones. John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono also performed as part of a one-shot supergroup called The Dirty Mac, featuring Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards.

The original idea for the concert was going to include the Small Faces, the Rolling Stones, and the Who, and the concept of a circus was first thought up between Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane.

It was meant to be aired on the BBC, but instead the Rolling Stones withheld it. The Rolling Stones contended they did so because of their substandard performance, clearly exhausted after 15 hours (and some indulgence in drugs).

There is also the fact that this was Brian Jones last appearance with the Rolling Stones; he drowned some seven months later while the film was being edited.

Some speculate that another reason for not releasing the video was that the Who, who were fresh off a concert tour, obviously upstage the Stones on their own production. Led Zeppelin was considered for inclusion but the idea was dropped.

The show was not released commercially until 1996.



INSIDE THE HOTEL ROOM WHERE JOHN AND YOKO ONO HAD THEIR 1969 BED-IN

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Once strewn with white flowers and crammed with dozens of journalists, the room where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged one of their famed 1969 bed-ins is now part of a smart hotel suite, costing up to $1,900 (£1,490) a night.

MailOnline Travel was given a private tour of the swanky pad, located on the 17th floor of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in central downtown Montreal.

The suite comprises of four adjoining rooms (1738, 1740, 1742 and 1744) knocked into one, and historical artefacts from the hotel vaults reveal what John and Yoko got up to during their seven-day stunt promoting peace, including dining on turtle soup and greeting hundreds of fans each day.

These artefacts, such as room service orders and housekeeping records, are on display in the suite (now labelled room 1742), giving it an almost museum-like feel.

Along with turtle soup, one room service order sheet reveals that the couple also tucked into a ‘broiled filet of sole’ along with and ‘jam, marmalade and lots of honey and butter’ for breakfast. They also ordered ‘their own special bread’.
For lunch, orders included fried natural brown rice, ‘English fish and chips’, grilled halibut and ‘lots of vegetables’.For dinner, along with turtle soup, other delicacies included sirloin steak, lamb chops and fish. This was followed by rice pudding and ‘two-colour jello’ for dessert with ‘lots of tea’.

The records note that liqueurs were for the guests only as John and Yoko abstained from drinking alcoholic beverages throughout their stay.

An entry in the housekeeping book dated May 26, 1969 reveals how the ‘corridor and suite were very dirty and littered with flower petals’ during John and Yoko’s stay and the cleaner had to ‘vacuum three to four times a day, since John Lennon threw flower petals into the air’.

The entry adds that on their day of departure, the housekeepers only had an hour to put the suite straight before the next guests arrived and that John and Yoko were ‘asked several times to leave’.

It was only in the 1980s, after Lennon’s death, that the hotel began to take steps to redo the four rooms and join them together. In 1989 it was officially named the John Lennon & Yoko Ono Suite.

Joanne Papineau, a spokesperson from the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, explained that today the suite front door is one of the most photographed parts of the hotel, with fans flocking from all over the world.
She revealed that the suite – which was given a revamp recently as part of a hotel-wide makeover costing more than $100million (£78 million) – has welcomed celebrities and presidents from all over the world.
The spacious pad consists of a main living room, where John and Yoko staged their bed-in (which doubled as their honeymoon), a lounge/dining area and a kitchen.
There is then a separate living room and another bedroom, meaning the suite can accommodate up to four guests.

Papineau said that the furnishings and artwork around the suite were inspired by their travels, with a ‘mix of east and west’.  There are also lots of knick-knacks to entertain guests.
For instance, if you pick up a rotary telephone in the living room, John’s voice can be heard on the other end of the line, explaining his commitment to peace, which was the purpose behind his bedroom lock-in.
There is also a music player which plays Give Peace a Chance, the peace-inspired anthem the couple recorded during their stay.
Papineau added that John and Yoko turned up to the hotel with more than 50 suitcases but no one was sure what they’d packed because they stayed in white pyjamas for the duration of their stay.

During the event, the newlywed couple gave up to 150 interviews every day.

Their second bed-in after the first in Amsterdam was planned to take place in New York, but John was not allowed into the United States because of his 1968 cannabis conviction.

Instead the couple held the event in the Bahamas at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel, flying there on May 24, 1969, but after spending one night in the heat, they decided to move to Montreal.

A modern, downtown Montreal hotel, The Queen Elizabeth Fairmont has 950 rooms and suites, a health club, spa and indoor pool.Hotel management describe it as within walking distance of an arrange of boutiques, restaurants, cafes, sport stadiums and cultural attractions. In 2010, Montreal unveiled a commemorative artwork in Mount Royal Park commemorating the famous bed-in.

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