November 6, 2012 |
A letter John Lennon wrote urging Eric Clapton to start a new band with him shortly after the Beatles broke up will go up for auction next month. The letter is one of several pieces of correspondence from some of the world's greatest musicians, including Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and George Gershwin. Lennon's letter to Clapton, dated Sept. 29, 1971, expressed the ex-Beatle's admiration and lobbied him to form a group together because he and wife Yoko Ono felt they were kindred spirits with the English superstar guitarist.
June 25, 2013 |
It's the kind of thing a lot of music lovers have been saying since “American Idol” turned singing into a nationally televised competitive sport a dozen years ago: “[Insert legendary pop singer's name here] would never get past the auditions.” Now a couple of clever fellows have put it up on YouTube for the world to see. It's a humorously edited video of John Lennon singing “Imagine” as if it were part of the blind audition segment of NBC's reality show “The Voice.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times As the scene cuts from Lennon singing to judges Blake Shelton, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine, their quizzical looks are funny enough.
August 23, 2012 |
Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon in 1980 outside of his New York City home, has been denied parole for the seventh time. An inmate at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., the 57-year-old Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the former Beatle's murder, and will remain behind bars until at least 2016, the date of his next parole board hearing. Chapman last appeared before the three-member panel in 2008, and in the transcript of that hearing he revealed that his notorious slaying continued to be a subject of conversation at Attica, where he was housed before being moved to Wende in May. "I wish I was in here for something else.
December 7, 2012 |
The night John Lennon died, I was at a Bruce Springsteen show in Philadelphia. The next evening, Springsteen would open with a cover of “Twist and Shout,” but on that fateful night, in the pre-cellphone, pre-Internet era, my friends and I spent the moment of Lennon's murder blissfully oblivious - until we came out after the concert to find the news burning through the parking lot like a grass fire. “John Lennon's been shot,” some kid shouted; we told him to shut up, that it wasn't funny.
March 22, 2013 |
A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison, jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan from a Paris hotel window are among a bevy of rock 'n' roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York. The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song “Hello Goodbye,” and by Harrison while he was practicing “I Am the Walrus” for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, according to Julien's Auctions, which will host the sale at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
August 18, 2012 |
The man who shot John Lennon 32 years ago on a New York City sidewalk could have his seventh parole hearing as early as Tuesday. Mark David Chapman, 57, is scheduled to be interviewed by the New York Department of Corrections parole board next week, officials told the Associated Press. The board could reach a decision Thursday or Friday. Chapman shot the Beatles musician on Dec. 8, 1980, as Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, returned to their Manhattan apartment building after an evening recording session.