On what would have been John Lennon’s 81st birthday, Paul McCartney marked the occasion by posting a sentimental photo on Twitter.
“Happy birthday thoughts for @johnlennon -- Paul,” McCartney tweeted Saturday morning.
Lennon and McCartney formed the writing partnership for The Beatles, the rock ‘n’ roll band that took the world by storm in 1964 and changed music. Together and apart, the duo created some of the most compelling music in history.
Lennon’s 1970 song, “Imagine,” still remains an anthem for peace and hope, and until recently, was ranked as the No. 1 song of all time by Rolling Stone.
Lennon was born on Oct. 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He was born during an air raid as Nazi warplanes strafed the western seaport city.
“There was shrapnel and falling and gunfire,” Lennon’s aunt, Mimi Smith, recalled. “And when there was a lull and I ran into the hospital and there was this beautiful little baby.”
That beautiful boy would meet McCartney in 1957 and they would play in bands like the Quarrymen and Silver Beetles before finally becoming The Beatles.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Lennon had just released a comeback album, “Double Fantasy,” in 1980 when he was fatally shot on Dec. 8, 1980, outside his apartment in New York City.
To commemorate Lennon’s 81st birthday, a life-size sculpture of the single, called “Imagine,” was moved to Carnaby Street in London on Friday. The sculpture was created in 2009 by Lawrence Holofcener, and American/British sculptor, poet, playwright, lyricist, novelist and actor who died in 2017.
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