John Lennon's birthday remembered in sweet tributes by Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney

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NBC News 09 October, 2021 - 04:08pm

"Happy Birthday John! Happy Birthday Sean!​" Ono said in an Instagram post, also wishing a happy birthday to her son Sean Lennon. "I love you! ​yoko."

McCartney posted a throwback picture, writing in the caption: "Happy Birthday thoughts for @johnlennon."

Happy Birthday thoughts for @johnlennon - Paul pic.twitter.com/0LKG5fc5fH

Lennon would have turned 81 on Saturday. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the singer's death. He was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980, as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were heading toward his New York City apartment building.

The gunman, Mark David Chapman, was convicted and remains in prison.

McCartney remembered the anniversary in a Twitter post. "A sad sad day but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world," he tweeted. "I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love Paul."

Ono also remembered the anniversary, writing that it was a "hollowing experience."

"After 40 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him,” Ono said, referring to Lennon’s two sons.

Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono honored the occasion Saturday on social media with throwback photos of Lennon, who was killed at age 40 in 1980.

McCartney, 79, paid tribute to his late bandmate on Instagram with a black-and-white photo of him and John holding electric guitars like violins to their chins.

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"Happy Birthday thoughts for John," McCartney wrote alongside the image.

"Happy Birthday John! Happy Birthday Sean! I love you!" Ono wrote with the sweet snapshot.

Sean, 46, also celebrated his birthday on Saturday with a grid of photos on his Instagram page. The nine shots combined to create one big image of Sean wearing a paper birthday crown with the number "6" written on it several times.

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Last year marked the 40th anniversary of John's death. The musician was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 1980, while entering his Manhattan apartment building.

To honor his friend, McCartney penned an emotional note, which the Grammy winner posted on Twitter alongside a different black-and-white image of himself and John.

"A sad, sad day, but remembering my friend John with the great joy he brought to the world," McCartney captioned the post. "I will always be proud and happy to have known and worked with this incredible Scouser! X love, Paul."

Ringo Starr also marked the milestone on Twitter with a smiling shot of him and John sitting on the bumper of a car. 

"Tuesday, 8 December 1980 we all had to say goodbye to John. Peace and love John," the drummer wrote in December 2020.

"I'm asking Every music radio station in the world [to] sometime today play 'Strawberry Fields Forever.' Peace and love. 😎✌️🌟❤️🎶🎼💝☮️," he added.

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When John Lennon was murdered in New York City in 1980 at age 40, he had just released a new album, Double Fantasy, with his wife Yoko Ono. Their son, Sean, was the delight of his life. John’s death left so much potential untapped, so much left undone.

The New York Times, at The Beatles’ arrival in New York City in 1964, couldn’t help but report on the marvel that was Lennon’s wit. At the press conference welcoming the band at Kennedy International Airport, a reporter asked, “‘Will you sing for us?’ Mr. Lennon replied, ‘We need money first.’ More ap­plause. ‘How do you account for your success?’ Mr. Lennon again: ‘We have a press agent.'”

In commemoration of Lennon’s birth, Ono tweeted, the Imagine Peace Tower which she designed and erected in Iceland in 2007 will be illuminated.

“TODAY Oct 9 we relight @IPTower to celebrate @JohnLennon’s birthday at 8 pm Reykjavik, 9 pm UK, 4 pm NY, 1 pm LA, 5 am Tokyo. Join us for the live stream at http://imaginepeacetower.com as we watch it light up together and listen to Imagine,” Ono said in her tweet.

The Imagine Peace Tower is illuminated annually to honor Lennon’s birthday. Ono chose Iceland as the location for the tribute to Lennon because, according to Iceland’s official tourism site, “Iceland is a magical and beautiful country. The electrical energy source for the country and for the Imagine Peace Tower is geothermal – water, instead of oil. No pollution. No war. This is just one of the incredible situations that creates the magic of Iceland,” Ono was quoted as saying.

Just as Lennon sang in his 1970 hit “Instant Karma,” ‘we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun,’ and John Lennon’s legacy has indisputably continued shining on.

It was announced just before Lennon’s birthday this week that his signature song, “Imagine,” (marking its own milestone with a 50th anniversary this year), was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In his 2005 book, John Lennon: In His Own Words, author Ken Lawrence points out that “Lennon’s legacy lives on not only in the hearts of fans but in the music industry as well. [Twelve years] after his death, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Grammy Awards, and in 1998, John Lennon Anthology, a four-CD set of his unpublished song and performances, was released. In 1992, Ono told USA Today: ‘John tried to change the world with his songs.’ By any measure, he succeeded.”

The late former Beatle John Lennon may be gone but he’s hardly forgotten. Still considered by many to be one of the greatest influences in modern popular music, on his birthday today we pause to reflect on his legacy and on the years he’s been missed.

When John Lennon was murdered in New York City in 1980 at age 40, he had just released a new album, Double Fantasy, with his wife Yoko Ono. Their son, Sean, was the delight of his life. John’s death left so much potential untapped, so much left undone.

The New York Times, at The Beatles’ arrival in New York City in 1964, couldn’t help but report on the marvel that was Lennon’s wit. At the press conference welcoming the band at Kennedy International Airport, a reporter asked, “‘Will you sing for us?’ Mr. Lennon replied, ‘We need money first.’ More ap­plause. ‘How do you account for your success?’ Mr. Lennon again: ‘We have a press agent.'”

In commemoration of Lennon’s birth, Ono tweeted, the Imagine Peace Tower which she designed and erected in Iceland in 2007 will be illuminated.

“TODAY Oct 9 we relight @IPTower to celebrate @JohnLennon’s birthday at 8 pm Reykjavik, 9 pm UK, 4 pm NY, 1 pm LA, 5 am Tokyo. Join us for the live stream at http://imaginepeacetower.com as we watch it light up together and listen to Imagine,” Ono said in her tweet.

The Imagine Peace Tower is illuminated annually to honor Lennon’s birthday. Ono chose Iceland as the location for the tribute to Lennon because, according to Iceland’s official tourism site, “Iceland is a magical and beautiful country. The electrical energy source for the country and for the Imagine Peace Tower is geothermal – water, instead of oil. No pollution. No war. This is just one of the incredible situations that creates the magic of Iceland,” Ono was quoted as saying.

Just as Lennon sang in his 1970 hit “Instant Karma,” ‘we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun,’ and John Lennon’s legacy has indisputably continued shining on.

It was announced just before Lennon’s birthday this week that his signature song, “Imagine,” (marking its own milestone with a 50th anniversary this year), was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In his 2005 book, John Lennon: In His Own Words, author Ken Lawrence points out that “Lennon’s legacy lives on not only in the hearts of fans but in the music industry as well. [Twelve years] after his death, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Grammy Awards, and in 1998, John Lennon Anthology, a four-CD set of his unpublished song and performances, was released. In 1992, Ono told USA Today: ‘John tried to change the world with his songs.’ By any measure, he succeeded.”

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