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07 December 2007

Remembering John Lennon : Murdered in America ...


Twenty seven years ago today [8th December 1980] fellow scouser, John Lennon was shot to death in New York - by just another loon/loser with a loaded gun.

Some things never seem to change, stateside, do they?

We remember that dismal day as though it were yesterday - well, almost yesterday.

We remember too, the young [pre fame & fortune] Liverpool lad himself. We knew him you see.

We were never what one could call big buddies or best mates, but none the less, we knew him.

Our last personal memory of the young [very much a lady's man],
John Lennon was of him 'pulling a bird' in the Cavern club. A beautiful 'bird'. A 'bird' we'd 'fancied' for a while ourselves, but for over a week had been trying to 'play things cool'.

Way too cool as it turned out.

We wouldn't have minded so much, but the man had a million of 'em.

Incidentally, here's John with his first band [of Liverpool lads] -
The Quarrymen.

Can you imagine?

Switch on your speakers and click.


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Blogger R J Adams said...

Remember when the Beatles played the Cavern lunchtimes, alternating with Gerry and the Pacemakers? Great days. I was always in trouble for being late back to work after lunch. It was well worth it.

3:37 am  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

that "bird" must've been Cyn, eh? those must've been great days indeed! but you always knew the lads belonged to the whole world. can't help but thinking what John would be saying today. maybe, all we are saying is give peace a chance?

thanks for the reminder I live in a country full of loose nuts with guns -- how they think killing a famous person brings them glory is beyond me. Lennon's death was tragic; his life was magic.

5:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow ------- you knew john lennon?
keeewl old brit

2:18 pm  
Blogger Twilight said...

Oh, that was a lovely video, Richard!

You know (and you and RJ are going to slap my hands for this) I had to come to the USA to become a Beatles and John Lennon fan!

My American husband and all his family are great Beatles fans - HUGE! I was never too keen when I lived in England - but now I have seen the light! Hallelujah!!

During the time we lived in England together my husband and I had to visit Liverpool about his UK visa. We went to the Beatles museum there - a BIG thrill for himself. :-)

5:33 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dirty commie hippies.

5:34 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I rarely intervene in the comments section, prefering to say what I want to say in my blogposts and then giving the 'floor' to others. Thankfully, 95% of all contributions are regularly worthy and worthwhile of standing in their own right.

Also, I'm acutely aware, as I think most readers here are, that all Americans are NOT the same. Not all are ignorant childish bufoons. With that in mind I'm leaving your childlike remark up here for all to see what we're still up against.

It's my guess that the only things you know about 'hippies' is what some other older pro wars person(s)began feeding you in your infancy. Most probably still do too. Teachers at school, maybe? Junior high or lower level maybe?

Anyway, remember one thing when you post here:three strikes and you're out. OK? Fair warning?

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss both John and George, and their talents. Thanks for the great blog, by the way. I don't stop by often enough.

12:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were they days my friends. The Mersey Sound. We were spoilt for choice where great groups were concerned.

The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Seachers, The Merseybeats, Swinging Blue Jeans, King Size Taylor and the Dominoes, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes ..... and so many more ... but you know how your memory gets as you get on a bit.

Incidentally, who else remembers Brian Epstein? And Cilla Black making tea and checking in coats at the Cavern

(I know Richard, does. Just like I do too. Eh, Richard?)

12:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And remember a great couple of singers? Billy J Kramer (and the Dakotas) and Billy Fury? As well as our Cilla of course.

12:47 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget those two great black groups either. "The Real Thing" and "The Chimes".

1:21 am  

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