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Happy Birthday, John!
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I was born in 1989 but John is my favourite person of all time. Heartwarming to see all the posts about him for his day.

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That’s cool about the names. I knew they rhymed but I didn’t know they were the same.

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Turned midnight in the UK, so the country of John’s birth is into the day that should have been his 80th birthday.

Blurred Vision, who organise the annual ‘Dear John’ concert (streaming live on YouTube this evening), put out this wonderful song to coincide with last year’s first ‘Dear John’ concert…

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Still deeply missed and loved even though you were snatched away from us all those years ago.

Happy 80th John.

And happy 45th birthday to Sean (loved hearing you chat with Julian, Elton and Paul about your dad).

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Life begins at 80. This is a painful milestone for the fans. 

I sometimes think what would have been John’s true final fate, if December 8 didn’t happen. I’m inclined to believe it would’ve been cancer, like George. 

But none of that matters. “It is what it is. No bell, book or candle can get you out of this.”

Happy Birthday , John. I’ll be listening to you for the rest of my life. 

Treasure the memories, life goes on. I’m sure that’s what John would say, too.

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Oh John. We miss you still so greatly, if only you hadn’t been taken from us we could have been celebrating the 80th birthday of a father as well as the 45th birthday of his sona-hard-days-night-paul-10

Happy 45th birthday Sean, and I hope you can enjoy your dad’s 80th too.

And John, wherever you may be, john-lennon-salute_gifjohn-lennon-salute_gif. Happy 80th man.heart

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Happy 80th, John! I’ll certainly be listening to you today, and while I’ll be missing you, I’ll also be reflecting on how you and your music have affected my life so deeply and irrevocably for the better. john-lennon-salute_gifheartapple01heart

And happy birthday to Sean, too!heart

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Happy 80th birthday, John! apple01heart I’ve had a little of a listening binge (a mixture of Beatles and solo tracks + Sean’s chats) over the last few days and I feel it’s reacquainted me well with him, his musical innovations, humour and preaching for peace and unity. It’s definitely made me realise how greatly those are missed and needed now in the modern world. 

I hope he is having a great day wherever he is and happy 45th to Sean also! apple01heart

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Julia Baird was on This Morning today for John’s birthday 🙂

 

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Some nice and funny stories from Irish fans about meeting John:

 

For Kildare native Richard Hall (80), news of Lennon’s killing was nothing short of devastating. “I’m not exaggerating when I say this, but I was never the same after,” he says. “I’ve always loved The Beatles and John Lennon . I just couldn’t get over it.”

Dick — as he is better known — first heard the band’s music in 1962 and was transfixed. He reckons there hasn’t been a day since when he hasn’t played their songs, or that of John Lennon — whom he still looks up to. “If you ask [wife] Maureen who I love most, she’ll say it’s John Lennon ,” he says.

Dick and Maureen have been married for 61 years. Maureen does not share her husband’s obsession with the band. He plays them every day and wants one of Lennon’s greatest songwriting achievements, All You Need Is Love ’, to soundtrack his funeral.

The couple now live in Clare and, remarkably, they can thank the Beatle for their retirement home. In 1968, while attending a wedding in the south of England, Dick had the idea of driving up to Lennon’s then home in Weymouth, Surrey, on the off-chance they might be able to meet their hero.

“The gates were open and we were able to drive through,” he says. “I knocked on the door and the housekeeper answered. I asked if we might speak with Mr Lennon if he was at home.” The Beatle — then at the peak of his fame — materialised with his then five-year-old son, Julian, by his side.

“We spoke to him for about 45 minutes,” says Richard. “He was very friendly. He asked us if The Beatles really were as good as the papers said they were and I said: ‘The Beatles are not as good as they say, they’re better.’”

When they were leaving, Maureen asked if they could have a souvenir to say they really had met him. Seemingly tickled by her cheeky request, the musician went into the house. “We thought he might bring out a cup or an ashtray.” Instead, Lennon handed her his Ivor Novello songwriting award for She’s Leaving Home. A shocked Dick said they couldn’t possibly take something as precious. Lennon insisted, telling them the gong had been collecting dust on his shelf.

Years later, amid concerns they might be robbed for the precious artefact, the Halls sold the award at Sotheby’s. Partly thanks to the proceeds, they were able to purchase their home in Clare. “Meeting John Lennon really was one of the greatest days of my life,” Dick says.

(Picture of Maureen and John with the Ivor Novello award is in the article)

 

….Thanks to the fan club, Pete has met scores of people who either knew Lennon or encountered him at some stage in their life. One of those is retired lighting engineer Tommy Nolan (82), who was working at the Adelphi on the night The Beatles came to town.

“I was in the toilet backstage and there was a loud banging at the door,” he recalls. “I opened the door and it was John Lennon . He was annoyed. He said: ‘Do you know who I am?’ I responded with two words and the last one was ‘off’. He said: ‘I could get you fired.’”

Tommy informed him that he was part of the crew for that night’s performance and if he was kicked out, there would be no show. During the gig, Lennon — on stage below — caught Tommy’s eye and a smile was exchanged. “There were no hard feelings,” he says. “They just got on with it. I had worked on lots of shows there — including Johnny Cash — and, at the time, it was hard to know if The Beatles were a flash in the pan or would become really big.”

 

Few more in the article including going to The Beatles concert in Dublin in ’63 and the man who founded The Beatles Ireland fan club.

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I don’t have anything clever to say except that a Lennon binge is in order. It’s been too long since I have listened to his music, so today is a perfect day.

Lennon Jr will be getting some love, too! apple01

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Happy 80th John!

I’ve been listening to the Plastic Ono Band album a lot today / during this crazy year in general. Songs like Hold On and Isolation , written when John’s life suddenly paused after a decade of Beatles madness, seemed so fitting to lockdown in 2020. Adjusting to the new normal.

Even when I think I’ve experienced everything that The Beatles have to offer, with every new experience or step I take in life, their words and music take on another new meaning. As I grow older, I know John will always be there, in the good and bad times, and he’ll always know just what to say.

“Thank you” doesn’t feel big enough. apple01 a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Those are fabulous stories – thanks for sharing.

The couple now live in Clare and, remarkably, they can thank the Beatle for their retirement home. In 1968, while attending a wedding in the south of England, Dick had the idea of driving up to Lennon’s then home in Weymouth, Surrey, on the off-chance they might be able to meet their hero.

Weymouth is in Dorset, some distance from Surrey. Presumably they meant to say Weybridge (Kenwood), where John and Yoko lived for some of 1968.

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John, you’re still so cool. Happy Birthday !

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From The Late Show with Stephen Colbert…

A Late Show is thrilled to welcome Sean Ono Lennon for this very special performance in honor of his father John Lennon ‘s 80th birthday celebration. Here’s a message from Sean:

“Hey guys, here’s my version of ‘ISOLATION’, with me on drums and my nephew Jack on bass. Crazy how much the lyrics fit our current year. Please upload a cover of your favorite John Lennon song, put #GIMMESOMETRUTH and #LENNON80 and tag my dad @johnlennon (on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok) to help celebrate his 80th birthday. We need his music and his message now more than ever!”

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^’Twas quite good. Uncanny how Johnlike he sounds on the higher belted notes, compared to his much lighter more usual voice.

also… he has a nephew?

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Late to the party, so I shall have no cake. Nevertheless, happy second 40th birthday, Mr. John Winston Ono Nurk O’Boogie Lennon, wish you were here sharing in this hellscape with us today. heartapple01

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@Beatlebug said
^’Twas quite good. Uncanny how Johnlike he sounds on the higher belted notes, compared to his much lighter more usual voice.

also… he has a nephew?

Kyoko has two children. I assume Jack is one of them, unless Julian has a secret…

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