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JOHN LENNON’S 80TH BIRTHDAY is being celebrated by emotional interviews with his sons Sean and Julian this weekend. Plus Elton John who remembers an intense “whirlwind romance” of love, friendship and music with the Beatles legend. “We did a lot of naughty, naughty things together.”
The new two-part interviews are being broadcast across Radio 2 this weekend ahead of Lennon’s birthday on October 9. Elton opens up about an extraordinary two-year period with his fellow music idol. He tells Sean Lennon: “That was the kind of wonderful two or three year whirlwind romance we had and it was such such an important thing in my life, Sean, and it just really helped me. It gave me so much confidence. Your dad was as kind and as generous and sweet and we just hit it off immediately.”
The two international stars only met in person on 1973. By then, Elton’s 1970 breakthrough single You’re Song had been a top ten hit both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1973, his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road sold over 30 million copies and the 17 tracks included iconic hits Candle in the Wind, Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.
Yet, he was totally starstruck to meet one of heroes and reveals in the new interview how he had cycled eight miles to buy the Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In return, Sean tells Elton: “My dad, when he first heard your voice he was in America I think already, and he was thinking that’s the first new kind of British singing that he really liked and dug. I think he said that he loved your music and the songs and he liked the song, Your Song.”

Elton describes an incredible two year period that followed, filled with laughter and creative exchanges where Elton played on John’s fifth album, Wall & Bridges, notably on the track Whatever Gets You Through Night. John guest starred at Elton’s legendary Madison Square Gardens concert in November 1974 where they duetted on the aforementioned track, among others.
Elton said of the whole experience: “It was just, for me, it was a dream come true.
“We laughed so much because we talked about the 50s and 60s and where we grew up, you know, Round the Horne in England, the radio shows we liked, the songs we liked, we didn’t like, and your dad was just a fountain of knowledge. It was a hand in glove thing and I never thought that would ever happen.There was no attitude. I hate posers and I hate attitude and your dad didn’t have any of it.”

Elton met John at a video shoot for the fourth album, Mind Games. He tells Sean: “I was a little bit, obviously I was in awe, I was meeting any of The Beatles and they all treated me so brilliantly, but your dad had that edge that none of the other Beatles had kind of because he wasn’t afraid to say what he thought. “Your dad was as kind and as generous and sweet and we just hit it off immediately. He was so funny. That’s what I loved about him. And we talked about music, we talked about records we loved.
Sean adds: “And other things. He did other things I heard.”

Elton replies: “Yeah, we did other things [laughs]. We did a lot of naughty, naughty things together. We had a lot of fun. Oh my god.”
John had a reputation for a cutting wit and being difficult sometimes (as does Elton). Paul McCartney says later in the new interviews that his fellow Beatle used it to cover his insecurity but John says there was never any unhappy moments between them.
Elton says: “We nearly got into trouble a few times, but we never had a bad word and, and his kindness, you know, I always thought John was the one that could… turn or people say ‘Oh watch out for him, he can turn’, and I think maybe when he was drinking a lot and everything he did, but I never saw that.
Sean suggests that John’s love for Elton would have tempered his behaviour.

Sean says: “I imagine he had… a special love and respect for you so he might not have been the same with everyone necessarily.
“I know for sure that he loved you equally because I read a lot about things he said and he never really spoke of anyone as highly as you, he really did love you.”
John and Elton’s intense emotional relationship would be loosely called a ‘bromance’ these days, but that clearly is insufficient to describe the bond between the two iconic and world-famous artists.
John had left his second wife Yoko Ono during that time and was dating May Pang. Elton was riding high on his fist major wave of stardom and success. They clearly both found a safe space with each other.

The intense friendship came to a head with John’s guest appearance at Elton’s legendary Madison Square Gardens concert in 1974. After that, Elton says their closeness faded away, but he understands why.

Backstage after the Madison Square Gardens concert, John reunited with Yoko. The couple soon had son Sean, who later asked Elton to be his godfather.
Elton says: “After that and then you were born, I really didn’t hear or see your dad at all and I didn’t mind because you know what, he was so happy being back with your mum, and he was so enchanted having you that it was his life had become another thing and so I didn’t really speak to him or see him that much at all or hear from him.
“And I didn’t mind because it was just the fact that that night was so consequential in the history of his life. The fact that he got back together with your mum and then they had you.”
Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote the song Empty Gardens in his memory.


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This week, Sean Ono Lennon interviewed Paul McCartney, Elton John and Julian Lennon. BBC Radio2 Special airing at 9PM GDT tonight and tomorrow. The shows ( 57 Minutes) features Julian Lennon, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Listen BBC Channel 2 .. HERE. : 21:00Hrs (UK) / 4:00PM EDT (the broadcast will be available to listen after the broadcast).

A celebration of John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday on October 9th.

Presented by his youngest son, Sean Lennon, the programme will delve deep into the Lennon family’s musical memories of John. In episode one, Sean and his elder brother Julian chat publicly for the first time about their father.

Both recall time spent in the studio at different points in John’s solo career – Julian during the making of the ‘Walls and Bridges’ album in 1974 and Sean during the recording of ‘Double Fantasy’, shortly before John’s death in December 1980. They chat warmly about their memories of growing up as ‘John Lennon’s son’ and how that reflected on their own musical careers.

Elton John also chats to Sean about his close relationship with Lennon, his admiration of the Beatles as a youngster and the effect that meeting and playing music with John in the 1970’s had on him. Elton also explains how he played a pivotal part in Sean’s very existence (and ended up as Sean’s Godfather as a result).

In Part 2, Sean will be in conversation with his father’s friend, bandmate and songwriting partner, Paul McCartney. It will be the first time the pair have spoken together about John, for broadcast.

Sean will also share his own memories on his father’s remarkable musical life, which created some of the most important musical milestones of the entire 20th Century.


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The story of John Lennon‘s extraordinary life and career is told in his own words.


John Lennon: Verbatim marked the iconic Beatle’s 75th birthday on October 9th with a soundscape incorporating rarely heard archive interviews, poetry readings, studio outtakes and alternative recordings of some of his most acclaimed compositions. It’s a personal insight into the creative genius of one of the 20th centuries most diverse artistes.

Long before public figures mastered the art of the sanitised sound bite to protect their privacy, Lennon always spoke openly and honestly about his art and his personal life, whether talking about his earliest childhood memories, the highs and lows of The Beatles or his solo career. Lennon loved radio because he found it more relaxing than coping with the confrontation of a television film crew, so his radio sessions were often very revealing and entertaining. Collated from conversations recorded between 1962 and 1980, it’s an opportunity to hear, in John’s own words, the honesty and passion that fuelled his genius.

Produced by Des Shaw
A Ten Alps production for BBC Radio 4.
First broadcast at 20:00, Sat 3 Oct 2015 on BBC Radio 4.


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The non-profit JOHN LENNON EDUCATIONAL TOUR BUS ( and the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST (, with the support and mentorship of Yoko Ono Lennon, are celebrating their 24th year since inception, carrying on John’s message of peace, encouraging musicianship, music education and songwriting for people of all ages. His contributions to music, culture, activism, art and fashion resonate to this day.

The Lennon Bus is a non-profit mobile recording studio which travels to schools, events and conferences across the US and Europe, working with students of all ages who create original music, video and short films. The Lennon Bus studios and onboard staff provide hands-on experiences with musical instruments, songwriting, and audio and video production. Young people, who have often never met before, form a unique bond as they “come together “exploring their creativity and sharing their viewpoints through music and words.

The Lennon Contest has provided a forum for songwriting talent to be discovered and nurtured and features over $300,000 in cash awards and prizes annually. Weekly contests celebrating John’s legacy are providing even more opportunities to win. Some of those who have been recognized include Meghan Trainor, Gaby Moreno, American Authors, and more.


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Paul McCartney has said it would have been a “heartache” if he had not reunited with John Lennon before his death.
In 1970 the split hit headlines when Paul announced publicly that he was no longer working with the group.
The feud between the two was well-documented by the press at the time and, in a 1971 interview, John stated that he could not foresee working with Paul again.
However, the pair did put their differences aside before Lennon’s murder in 1980 and speaking to Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon for Radio 2’s John Lennon at 80, Paul said: “I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really … that even after all of that, I’m so happy that I got it back together with your dad.

“It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn’t have reunited. It was so lovely that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that.”

Discussing how they worked together, Paul said: “I think what was important wasn’t who was more sophisticated than the other or whatever. And there maybe is some truth that, musically, I had an edge because my dad had shown us some things.

“I’d learned the guitar chords a bit before John, but it wasn’t so much that, the sophistication, it was attitudes. So my attitude would be, ‘This is what I want to do’. And then John would bring another edge to it.“The great thing was the combination of those two attitudes and I look back on it now like a fan.
“You think, ‘Wow, how lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy boy off the bus who turned out to play music like I did. And we get together!’
“Boy, we complemented each other. It was a bit ying yang. They say with marriages opposites attract and I think we weren’t like madly opposite, but I had some stuff he didn’t have, and he had some stuff I didn’t have.When you put them together it made something extra, which I think was this.”

Reflecting on the group’s eventual break-up, he said: “You know what I think it was, I think it was the fact that The Beatles were breaking up, which was a very difficult time for us, it was like a divorce, you know. So it’s very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly.

“By the time Let It Be came about that became the story of the film. And then that coupled with the fact that we’d broken up, left it a gloomy … sort of cloud in the room, and I’d always bought into that.

“For years when people say, ‘Oh,’ about Let It Be I go, ‘Yeah, you know, I didn’t really like it because it was such a gloomy period.’

“But then talking to Peter Jackson, when he was looking at the 58 hours of out-takes (footage of the Beatles during their recording sessions for Let It Be, for an upcoming documentary) I said, ‘Well, what’s it like?’ kind of thing, expecting him to say, ‘Well, it’s very gloomy. You’re all arguing all the time.’ He says, ‘No’, he said exactly what you just said. He said, ‘It’s amazing. You’re like jolly and stuff’.

“He showed me some bits. It’s just great. It really made me happy. Because I know, for years there, I thought ‘Oh God, The Beatles broke up, and it was acrimonious and we were arguing and oh’, which happens in a divorce, you know?”

John Lennon at 80 is from 9-10pm on October 3 and 4 on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.


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For the upcoming ‘John Lennon at 80’ radio show, a programme which is celebrating the life and times of The Beatles legend John Lennon, his son Sean Ono Lennon has been speaking with some of the pivotal figures of the songwriter’s life. It sees one of Lennon’s closest friends, Elton John, share some notable experiences.

The show is set to go out over the weekend and will also feature conversations with Sean Ono Lennon’s brother Julian Lennon as well as his longtime friend and bandmate Paul McCartney, completing an in-depth look at John Lennon’s influence on music and his personal life. Elton John took the time to remember the first moment he met the Beatle in the flesh.

For Elton John, like countless other artists, The Beatles represented a pivotal figure in music. It’s to be expected that the singer remembered very clearly the first time he met John Lennon, the note comes from a wide-ranging conversation with Sean Ono Lennon including their friendship, the time he cycled eight miles to buy his copy of Sgt. Pepper and, as Sean suggested, Lennon’s love of Elton John’s songs.

“I’ve read that dad,” begins Ono Lennon, “when he first heard your voice he was in America, I think already, and he was thinking, that’s the first new kind of British singing that he really liked and dug. I think he said that he loved your music and the songs and he liked the song ‘Your Song’,” saying that he also felt the same way about David Bowie, Ono Lennon asks, “So, did you hear about that? And how did that make you feel before you actually met him?”

“I didn’t know about that,” confesses Elton John one of Britain’s biggest selling artists of all time. “I knew, I had a telegram from George [Harrison] when my first album, the Elton John album, got in the charts in America and that was so exciting. I didn’t really know that your dad was such a fan ’till I actually met him in 1973.” It’s a moment clearly burned into Elton’s memory forever.

“When I met your dad I was a little bit, obviously, I was in awe, I was in awe of any of The Beatles and they all treated me so brilliantly,” remembers the singer. “But your dad had that edge that none of the other Beatles had, kind of because he wasn’t afraid to say what he saw. And I met him on a video shoot for Mind Games with my friend Tony King playing the queen.”

Elton remembered the meeting and his attire at the time, “I was wearing a bright green Saint Laurent satin suit and I thought ‘In for a penny, in for a pound’ and your dad was as kind and as generous and sweet and we just hit it off immediately. He was so funny. That’s what I loved about him. And we talked about music, we talked about records we loved.”

Obviously well aware of their frenetic reputation for rebellion, Ono Lennon pushes, “And other things, you did other things I heard, as well, besides.” Elton was more than happy to oblige, “We did other things, we did a lot, we did a lot of naughty, naughty things together. We had a lot of fun. Oh my god.”

You can hear the full interview as part of the upcoming radio show ‘John Lennon at 80’, it airs from 9-10pm on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.