John Lennon

Today, October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. His contributions to music, culture, activism, social justice, art, and fashion resonate to this day.

TOMMY EMMANUEL, the acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter, has today (October 9) released a newly recorded acoustic instrumental of John Lennon’s classic “Imagine” as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single exclusive for independent retail on November 13 in the U.S. and December 18 internationally. A video for the Nashville-based artist’s stirring version of “Imagine” has also been released today, the same day Lennon would have been 80 years old.

Today, October 9, marks what would have been the legendary John Lennon’s 80th birthday. Although gone for nearly 40 years – the same amount of time he was on Earth, the musician, songwriter and peace activist’s timeless and beloved music -  with The Beatles, his collaborations with his widow Yoko Ono Lennon and his acclaimed solo works – continues to thrill, inspire and lately resonate more than ever.

The Empire State Building will shine its world-famous tower lights in sky blue with a white peace sign rotating in the mast tonight, Thursday, October 8, 2020, in partnership with the John Lennon Estate and Universal Music Group to celebrate John Lennon’s life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday, Friday, October 9. The lights will illuminate at sunset (approx. 6:25 pm EDT) and stay on until 2 am EDT.

In honor of John Lennon’s 80th birthday, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) have announced a partnership with Gibson Gives--the iconic American instrument brand’s charitable arm--to support musicianship, music education and songwriting for people of all ages.

In everything he did, John Lennon spoke his truth and questioned the truth. An incomparable and uncompromising artist who strove for honesty and directness in his music, he laid bare his heart, mind and soul in his songs, seeing them as snapshots of his current emotions, thoughts and world view. Believing the one quality demanded of himself as an artist was to be completely honest, he did not disguise what he had to say or conform his messages to be more in line with what he felt others thought they should be.

When the world’s greatest timple virtuosos Germán López joins forces with international award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Halie Loren you get a whole new creative sound that will have you singling along or deeply memorized.

To celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, Yoko Ono will release a special reissue of ‘Wedding Album’, out this Friday 22nd March with Chimera Music and Secretly Canadian. Its release comes 50 years after Yoko and John were married - to mark the golden wedding anniversary of two of the 20th century’s most emblematic cultural figures.

Blackbird Presents Records is proud to announce the CD/DVD/LP release of Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. The concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers and superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in New York City at The Theater At Madison Square Garden to celebrate the songs of music icon John Lennon.

Tuomo & Markus is a new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul/jazz artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds. The duo’s music has been described as Nordic Americana and neo folk with distinct jazz, soul and prog-rock influences. Their haunting harmonies complement each other much like in the cases of Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby Stills Nash.

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