Appearing on British television for the first time in 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were among the guests on the fourth programme in new series The Simon Dee Show.
The 50-minute show was broadcast by London Weekend Television on 8 February from 11.25pm. It was filmed at Studio One, Wembley Studios, London.
Lennon and Ono brought black rights activist Michael X with them, and other guests included actor George Lazenby. The host was former disc jockey Simon Dee, who had interviewed The Beatles on several previous occasions.
Among the subjects for discussion were James Hanratty’s legal case, the controversial Bag One lithographs, nudity and the Two Virgins cover.
Talk then turned to race issues. Michael X spoke of his gratitude to Lennon and Ono for donating their hair to The Black Centre. Lennon reveals that Sotheby’s have declined to sell the hair because “they only sell art”.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney to headline Queen’s diamond jubilee concert
- 2012: US album release: Kisses On The Bottom by Paul McCartney
- 1970: George Harrison produces Govinda by Radha Krshna Temple
- 1967: Filming: Penny Lane
- 1965: John and Cynthia Lennon return to England from Switzerland
- 1964: The Beatles’ American invasion begins
- 1964: UK EP release: All My Loving
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Wakefield
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Merseyside Civil Service Club, Liverpool
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