John Lennon ~ 70th Birthday

John Lennon

John Lennon

Although John Lennon may not be remembered for being a legend of the guitar he certainly did contribute to elevating rock and pop to new levels. The Beatles revolutionised pop music with their blend of new recording techniques and use of exotic  scales, melodies and rhythms in their pop style.

YouTube are playing tribute to John with this YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/johnlennon

To celebrate what would have been John’s 70th birthday his remastered albums and boxsets were released this week:

http://johnlennoncatalogue.com

John Winston Ono LennonMBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles and, with Paul McCartney, formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager, his first band, The Quarrymen, evolving into The Beatles in 1960. As the group began to undergo the disintegration that led to their break-up towards the end of that decade, Lennon launched a solo career that would span the next, punctuated by critically acclaimed albums, including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine“.http://www.johnlennon.com/bio.html

RIP John Lennon

UPDATE

This is a fantastic remix of the piano part from John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and the vocal melody of Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ sung by David Lee Roth. Enjoy!

http://soundcloud.com/jackstanleywp/imagine-a-jump-john-lennon-vs-van-halen

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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