Sitting with my friends at the pool today, the subject was who was better…Elvis or the Beatles. One lady, who was older than I, thought the Beatles were too sisified. Elvis was more masculine. Well…being raised with the Beatles, I loved the music, so I just smiled and agreed. It’s just her opinion…mine would be different. My brother has a theory that everyone loves the music they loved in high school, and I think he is right. He should know, he’s got his own D.J. company…but sorry…off the subject here. What I wanted to talk about is this: John Lennon was no fool. Sure, at the end, he was on Nixon’s list of dangerous people, and no doubt did too many drugs for one lifetime, but let’s face it…he fell head over heels madly in love with Yoko Ono, and she was the love of his life. So, whether we liked it or not, we had to listen to Yoko scream, and she did affect the way he approached the public after the Beatles. He made Yoko a star.
But he would have never even admitted that. (If you can’t see the video…go HERE.)
Yoko didn’t break up the Beatles. I think Paul got such a big head in the end, and was trying to make the Beatles “Paul’s” band, that the rest of them just got sick of it. You can see it all being played out in the film “Let It Be.” Yoko just became the scapegoat. If you have read many books, it was actually John’s genius who got the band up and running, and he was the leader for the ten years they worked in just clubs…and also was the main voice on all the beginning albums. Paul’s words at the induction of John Lennon to the Rock and Road Hall of Fame, were nothing short of..silly. He did not say ONE good thing about John’s talent…just how John had been there when they got to meet Elvis and the Supremes. I’m glad John didn’t hear it.
John was the heavier thinker of the group, and in the sixties, he was trying very hard to “give peace a chance.” Most conservatives think John was a big “lefty” but listen to the first five minutes of this. His thinking was much like our founding fathers…and I believe by the time he died, one of his friends said he did like Ronald Reagan, and was very much a conservative, and I believe him.
Sure…lying naked in bed was not exactly a great way to get people to think “Peace” but then again…John was just trying his best to bring, in his own way…sometthing good to the world. What else could he do? He was really, one of the most famous people in the world. At one time the Beatles actually WERE more popular than Jesus. John was right.
It was just a fact, and how they crucified him for it.
In my younger years I liked Paul, the “cute” Beatles, but now, I’m older and wiser. If I had a chance to talk to any of them…I would have ask to talk to John.
He really was…a genuis. (Okay, I’m a bit bias…but that’s just my Nobody Opinion.