John Lennon, along with being one of the founders of the most famous rock group in history, is also remembered as one half the one of the most prolific and successful song writing teams ever. My friends and I would play the game of "Name fifty Beatle songs in less than ten minutes." I think I could probably still prevail today, if challenged.
When the Beatles first came to America I was just a little girl but that didn't stop me from screaming in front of the television set as I watched them perform on the Ed Sullivan show. At the time of that appearance, Lennon was already an accomplished author of two books, "In His Own Write" and "A Spaniard in the Works."
John Lennon went from his first band the Quarrymen with a rough street kid facade into being a well-groomed a member of The Beatles with their identical suits and clean cut image. A little older than the rest of the band members, he was always considered their leader.
It was John who expressed concern during their touring years that "Beatlemania" was getting a bit out of control. The screaming during their concerts was actually drowning out the performances leading him to make the statement, "It's not really about the music any more."
Following the break up of The Beatles, Lennon went on to have his own independent successes. Although he is best remembered for the song, "Imagine" my personal favorites were "Working Class Hero," "Give Me Some Truth" and "Instant Karma."
John Lennon is remembered for his musical genius, his independent and peace loving spirit and his enduring observations of life such as, "Living is easy with eyes closed."
As people gathered today in Central Park to celebrate his life in the memorial, Strawberry Fields, it was a reminder of his wide appeal and of how much the man is still thought of and very much missed.
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Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230