For John’s 70th

In 1975, John Lennon released Rock N Roll, where, work­ing with Phil Spec­tor, he revis­it­ed and cov­ered songs from the ear­ly days of rock. Chuck Berry and Bud­dy Hol­ly songs made their way onto the album, as did Ben E. King’s 1961 clas­sic “Stand By Me” (watch above.) Lennon was 35 years old at the time, and today (if you haven’t heard) he would have turned 70. Imag­ine if the sec­ond half of his life, so abrupt­ly stolen from him, could have been as fruit­ful as the first half. Just imag­ine…

Relat­ed Con­tent:

John Lennon Sings Bud­dy Hol­ly

John Lennon (and Yoko Ono) on the Dick Cavett Show

I Met the Wal­rus: An Ani­mat­ed Short Film with John Lennon

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  • Great song! One of my favourites. I always thought his voice was so raw when he sang this, it was a con­trast to much of his work with the Bea­t­les and his songs on Dou­ble Fan­ta­sy.


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