John Lennon’s 73rd birthday was celebrated all over the country yesterday, October 9, 2013, and we have reports and photos to share of the events honoring the late Beatle. Jerry Rubin and Pat Tyson sent us the news about the event at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, as well as Jude Southerland Kessler at Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Lousiana, today October 10, 2013.
Here is also a video from the Imagine Mosaic in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields.
John Lennon’s star at the Los Angeles Hollywood Walk of Fame was cleaned and polished:
It was reported over the weekend that John Lennon’s star at the Walk of Fame in L.A. had been defaced by graffiti. Gillian Lomax, who runs “A Magical History Tour” in L.A. first noticed the defacement and sprung into action. It was completely cleaned and polished immediately, due to the efforts by Capitol Records employees and the Hollywood Walk of Fame committee, in time for the gathering of fans yesterday at the star.
Jerry Rubin wrote to us this morning, October 10, 2013, expressing gratitude that the star was beautifully “polished and cleaned” in time for the event. Speaking at the event was Chris Carter, the popular KLOS FM radio host of 'Breakfast With the Beatles'. Jerry, longtime peace activist and event organizer, also got up and spoke. 'Instant Karma' journalist Harry Bluebond, and longtime Lennon fans Pat Tyson and Nancy Hutchins also addressed the crowd.
Jerry wrote, “Fans decorated the star (appropriately!) with peace candles, flowers and Lennon photos. A specially decorated 'John Lennon Birthday Cake' ("man on a flaming pie") was placed beside John's star for the candle lighting ceremony and then moved to a serving table as Chris Carter cut the cake while fans of all ages sang Happy Birthday to John and John and Yoko's son Sean Lennon, who was born the same day as his father and just turned 38."
Pat Tyson wrote, "Chris Carter replayed for the crowd, a recording of Ringo Starr, Steven Stills, Billy Preston, and Klaus Voorman singing Happy Birthday to John Lennon on his 30th birthday."
“A number of Lennon fans performed his songs at an open mic and other fans voiced their positive thoughts and remembrances of the dedicated and universally loved singer, songwriter and peace activist. The event opened with the Beatles song 'Birthday' and closed with Lennon's two peace anthems, 'Imagine' and 'Give Peace a Chance' while fans held hands in a 'Peace Circle of Unity' next to Lennon's star.”
Enoch’s Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana connected fans on Facetime
Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series, hosted John Lennon’s birthday celebration with pub owner Doyle Jeter. This year, fans were joined in Facetime phone calls at 9:09 central time to sing happy birthday to John. Participating in the facetime calls included John Lennon Examiner Shelley Germeaux, Deirdre Hurst, and a few others including a fan from Norway! Jerry Rubin was also on the phone connecting the celebration at the Los Angeles Walk of Fame celebration.
Jude brought a huge white cake that said "Happy Birthday John" with musical notes on it.
Jude wrote this morning to say: “We had about 300 people at Enoch’s to celebrate John, most inside the pub but lots outside in the two outdoor areas. It lasted from 7-11:30 p.m. We had the cake, did a John Lennon toast, as well as Doyle's traditional toast. Kenny Bill and Dennis performed over 3 hours of Lennon solo and Beatles songs. They even did difficult numbers such as ‘She Said, She Said’ and ‘Day in the Life.’ Amazing!
She continued, “The daughter of Don Knotts, Karen Knotts, was our Guest of Honor. She's a huge Beatles Fan. She's in the Monroe area performing in a one-woman comedy show called ‘Tied Up in Knotts.’ She is very sweet and stayed even after the party ended to sit and talk. We did Facetime with a student in Italy, a singer in Norway, and Deidre and you... Next year, I'll get more Facetime friends so that we can take more calls!”
The Facetime call with Enoch’s was really fun, and made me feel I was actually there. I talked to Jude, Doyle, and others, and knowing that Deirdre and other fans including Jerry Rubin’s group were also hooked up at that time was a joyous moment. We all sang Happy Birthday to John at the same time, and that was a memorable experience as I lit the candle on the cake I had made as well.
Yoko Ono also paid tribute to John’s birthday with a New York art exhibit in Soho featuring her late husband's art, which extends through the weekend. Yoko tweeted that she once again was at the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland, which was lit for her husband's birthday in a magnificent show of light extended towards the sky.
Note: Congratulations to Noel Duffield! She was the winner of our last trivia contest and will receive Larry Kane's newest book,"When They Were Boys."
Here is our new trivia question: Where does the term "man on a flaming pie" come from? Who said it and when did it first appear in print? Be the first person to email me the correct answer at firstname.lastname@example.org and receive a copy of Larry Kane's book, "Lennon Revealed."
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