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George Michael saved John Lennon's famous piano
27 December 2016
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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk.....y-12371506

George Michael saved John Lennon ’s favourite piano so that it could stay in Liverpool. George bought the piano, which became known as the ‘John Lennon Piano’, so that it would stay in the UK. 

Not only can the piano be heard on Walls And Bridges and Double Fantasy but John Lennon also used it to compose songs with Elton John and David Bowie.

On the day he died, John Lennon spent many hours working at the piano on Walking On Thin Ice, the final cut of which he was holding when he was shot. The song was later released by Yoko Ono and became a critical and commercial success.

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27 December 2016
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While I have no problem with the gist of the story, the actual instrument involved is debatable (unless Michael bought and donated two pianos to The Beatles Story).

The piano in the article is a studio-owned upright made by the New England Piano Company, and used by John (among others) during sessions at the Record Plant in New York.

That is not the piano Michael most famously bought and donated to The Beatles Story in 2000.

That was John's personally owned 1970 Steinway Model Z upright which he bought in December 1970.

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It is, most famously, the piano on which John wrote Imagine  in early 1971.

Here is the original article about the purchase published on the BBC News website on 18 October 2000.

So, unless Michael bought two Lennon pianos, the Echo has written an article about the wrong piano...

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28 December 2016
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Thanks @Ron Nasty Doesn't the Beatles Story also have Lennon's famous white piano? I know I heard someone had bought it but can't remember.

Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

28 December 2016
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The Beatles Story does have a white Steinway Baby Grand, @Leppo, but it is not the white Steinway Baby Grand. There's a good chance it's one of Steinway's "Imagine " model from 2010.

John's white Baby Grand is still owned by Yoko, and according to the most recent mentions I've seen of it (last two or three years), it still sits in the same place in the Dakota as it was the last time John left.

While the white Baby Grand was shipped from Tittenhurst to New York, the Model Z went into storage in the UK, with John expecting to return at some stage.

Following his death, and with the true value of the instrument not really understood as music memorabilia was still in its earliest days, it was involved in a promotion in 1984 to do with, I believe, Milk And Honey . While I don't know the details, it has to be imagined that it was offered as a competition prize!

Whatever the promotion was, it ended up in private hands, unseen again until 2000. At the beginning of 2000, it was lent for 10 months to The Beatles Story, until going up for auction in October of that year, when Michael bought it. It was donated to The Beatles Story in 2001.

Where I believe the confusion has come about about the Baby Grand is that when the Model Z was sold, lots was made of Imagine  being written on it, and in a game of Chinese Whispers, as the story spread, it became the Imagine  piano, and then the Baby Grand - as that was what everyone thought of as being the Imagine  piano.

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28 December 2016
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I found this quote from George Michael ....Michael has said of the piano: “It's the cheapest-looking piano you've ever seen. I wasn't expecting the big white one — I knew it wasn't the big white one, but I didn't expect something you'd get in a very, very underfunded school."  a-hard-days-night-john-6

 

Just one other question. Did the Model Z feature on the actual recording of Imagine ? I've heard the various takes of Imagine being recorded and I believe John played the initial part and then another piano was added to double up the sound (perhaps played by Nicky Hopkins?)

Pivotal Moments in Beatles History No.118:  Yoko helps herself to one of George's digestives. 

30 December 2016
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I've seen this piano in person. (The brown one that he wrote Imagine on).

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

31 December 2016
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So... is it a nice person? ; )

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