During the morning of 1 April 1964, Alf Lennon walked into the offices of NEMS Enterprises, on the fifth floor of Sutherland House, 5-6 Argyll Street, London. He was accompanied by a journalist.
After explaining to the receptionist that he was Lennon's father, Brian Epstein was informed, and immediately sent a car to bring Lennon to the offices. Upon arrival, his first words to his father were "What do you want?"
The Lennons hadn't seen each other for 17 years. The meeting, however, was not a success, lasting just 20 minutes before Lennon ordered his father out of the offices. The encounter was kept out of the newspapers in exchange for exclusive stories given to journalists.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Cynthia Lennon dies
- 1970: Recording: Across The Universe, The Long And Winding Road, I Me Mine
- 1969: Television: John Lennon and Yoko Ono interviewed on Today
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
- 1966: John Lennon buys Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience
- 1965: Brian Epstein takes over the Saville Theatre, London
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Radio: Side By Side
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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