Google has marked the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth by publishing their first animated Google Doodle.
The search engine giant today unveiled a changed logo which, if clicked, played a 32-second animated video set to the chorus of Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’. At the end of the clip the page loads the search results for ‘John Lennon’.
Visit the Beatles Bible’s tribute site for John Lennon.
There’s a lot that can be said about John Lennon, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Even more can be said about the individual experiences people have had growing up with his music. It seems like everyone has a Lennon story. The earliest memory I have of him is listening to his songs in the backseat of our old station wagon with my brothers, watching my mom and dad sing along on the cassette player. It’s a very simple memory, but rich with subtlety—the sunlight through the windshield, my mom’s smile—and so it’s stuck with me. And maybe that’s what John’s music is about. There’s an earnest simplicity to it, yet I’m sure any one of us, regardless of whether or not we were around during his time, could describe some way he has deeply enriched our lives.
Starting today and all day tomorrow, which would have been John’s 70th birthday, we’re celebrating him with our first-ever animated video doodle. The old saying, ”A picture is worth a thousand words” still rings true, so I hope a moving picture will help me adequately—and simply—thank John for the memories.
Last updated: 7 August 2014
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Victoria, BC, Canada
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Moody Theater, Austin, Texas
- 2010: John Lennon fingerprint card seized by FBI
- 1971: UK album release: Imagine by John Lennon
- 1969: George Harrison is interviewed for the BBC’s Scene And Heard
- 1968: Recording: Long Long Long, I’m So Tired, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
- 1964: Recording: She’s A Woman
- 1962: Radio: The Friday Spectacular
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
Want more? Visit the Beatles history section.
There’s one on YouTube as well
Anyone notice how different John’s “early solo” voice is from his “late Beatles” voice?