Happy Birthday, John Lennon: Beatles Legend Remembered for His 79th Birthday

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Today, October 9, is the date that John Lennon would have celebrated his 79th birthday, were he still alive.

Even though he’s gone, and has been since 1980, his presence still remains — such is the endurance of his spirit, musical vision and cultural significance.

All around social media, remembrances of Lennon and tributes to the man known as much for his contributions to the Beatles as his fiercely original solo material and personality were shared from his peers, colleagues, friends and fans.

Today also marks the 44th birthday of John’s son, Sean Lennon, which prompted this post from Yoko Ono:

John Lennon’s own account also posted a happy-birthday message to Sean as well:

Other birthday posts came from the official online accounts of George Harrison:

Micky Dolenz of the Monkees:

the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Abbey Road Studios, where John and the Beatles recorded so much timeless music together:

Liverpool’s The Cavern Club, where young John and the Beatles first made noise:

In his extended and very revealing recent interview with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, Paul McCartney discussed how John Lennon remains in his dreams, to this day — perhaps the strongest example of the bond the two iconic musicians had as peers, band mates and friends:

Beyond Lennon’s work with the Beatles, he was a prolific creator after the Fab Four’s dissolution — and our recent feature on the making of Lennon’s Imagine album profiles him in those efforts.

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Bassist Klaus Voorman reflected on the first time Lennon played him the song “Imagine” in the studio:

“Yes, it was beautiful. It was so simple and so direct. You can hear every word and you get the meaning and you feel so good about it. With the words he just wanted everybody to imagine what it would be like. That’s such a clever way of getting his message across. Nobody ever tells me what to do on a song. I was given the freedom to play what I felt would fit and work on a particular song. To this day I know the song “Imagine” would have been just as big if John would have just played it on the piano with no other instruments. That song is unbeatable.”

John Lennon was a gifted creator, musical visionary and icon, and he’s missed today — nearly forty years since his passing. May he continue to rest in peace.

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