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Liking John Lennon. Paul talks to John for the last time OTD in 1980. Yes, he would have been 80 today.

October 9, 2021

Published this a year ago today. Nothing has changed.

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Retro Top Ten: This week in 1981 - Independent.ie

Indeed. John Lennon was born OTD in 1940. And so we’re all invited to wish him a happy birthday and ponder the inexorable March of Time. By the end of February 2021, John Winston Ono Lennon will have been dead for longer than he was alive.

On his final birthday, Paul McCartney talked to John Lennon on the phone and they communicated for the last time. We have, of course, only one account of this phone call, but it seems to have been a relaxed and happy exchange, focusing on cats, child-rearing, and John’s excitement about making music again. The friendliness of this final call has been of great comfort to Paul McCartney over the years.

Long-term, John Lennon’s martyrdom has been terrible for his reputation. Nobody bothers to knock people off medium-sized pedestals. The hyperbole attached to Lennon’s 1980s reputation has merely made him a conspicuous and obvious target…

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