Unknown farewell

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 28 2015

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On this day, in 1974, John Lennon made a surprise appearance on stage with Elton John.  The concert was part of Elton John’s tour and Lennon’s cameo came to be as the result of a bet between the two.  Elton John had played piano on Lennon’s song “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” and John bet Lennon that it would be a no. 1 hit.  The bet was that if it did reach no. 1, Lennon would have to appear on stage at one of Johns’ shows.  Lennon was skeptical that the song would reach no. 1 and accepted the bet.  Of course, the song did reach no. 1 and Lennon made good on the wager by appearing at Elton John’s show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

It was a surprise appearance for the crowd, as it was not announced ahead of time nor was it listed on the playbill.  During the show, the two sang duets of the aforementioned “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” as well as the old Beatles standard “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, which Elton John had done a cover of.  As it would turn out, tragically, this was John Lennon’s final on-stage performance, with his murder taking place on December 8, 1980.

Elton John would later release the album Here And There, live recordings from the MSG show as well as one in London, released in 1976.  The “Here” portion was recorded live from his show at Royal Festival Hall in London in the Summer of 1974 and the “There” portion was recorded at the Madison Square Garden show with the surprise appearance from Lennon.

Elton John and John Lennon were close friends and Elton John is even the godfather to Lennon’s son Sean.  The death of Lennon hit John hard and he rarely played his song “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny), a tribute to John Lennon and that show in 1974 at “The Garden”, in concert because he says it brings back awful memories.

My songs of the day are:

“Whatever Gets You Through The Night” by John Lennon

“I Saw Her Standing There” by The Beatles

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by Elton John

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” by The Beatles

“Empty Garden ( Hey Hey Johnny) by Elton John

2 comments on “Unknown farewell”

  1. There’s a lot of his spirit in his tunes.

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