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JOHN LENNON: DISCOGRAPHY, FACTS, AND RARITIES.

MISCELLANEOUS JOHN LENNON TRACKS

1. A Toot And A Snore. (1974)
These songs originate from a jam session featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Harry Nilsson, Jesse Ed Davis, and Bobby Keys.

This recording is the last performance by John Lennon and Paul McCartney in a musical environment. It happened on Sunday March 31, 1974. Although the performance is very poor, this recording is a historical moment.

John held a night music jam session at his beach house in L.A. Those in attendance included Paul McCartney (vocals, drums), Jesse Ed Davis (guitar), Harry Nilsson (vocals), Stevie Wonder (electric piano) & Bobby Keys (sax). John played vocals and drums. Mal Evans and May Pang also attended the session.

'A Toot And A Snore' is the name of the bootleg album which features this rare recording session.

A few days earlier, on Thursday March 28, Paul & Linda McCartney called at Burbank Studios, California, where John Lennon had started to produce the Harry Nilsson album "Pussy Cats". Paul and Linda intended watching the recording, until Paul finally joined in a jam session with John and other musicians on the track "Midnight Special", joining John for the first time in the studio since the split of The Beatles.

2. Peace Of Mind. (The Candle Burns) (1967)
Alledgedly written and recorded around the same time as 'All You Need Is Love'. Many music experts believe it to be fake, and not the work of The Beatles.

3. Rock Peace. (1969)
In August 1969, it was announced that this instrumental was to be the follow up single to 'Give Peace A Chance'. However, 'Cold Turkey' was released, and there is no evidence Rock Peace was ever recorded.

4. Incantation. (1974)
A song John Lennon co-wrote with Roy Cicala, at New York's Record Plant studio, 15th July, 1974. The number was never recorded, although the copyright was registered 15th November, 1974.

5. Hold On I'm Comin. (1966-1967)
A short song by John Lennon recorded at his home studio at Kenwood in England.

6. Give Peace A Chance (Reprise). (1972)
From the rare John Lennon collection Shaved Fish (1975), 'Give Peace A Chance (reprise)' was added onto the end of 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)', to sound like a medley of the two songs. However, the two Lennon tracks are not related. 'Give Peace A Chance (reprise)' is not part of the original live recording of 'Give Peace A Chance' (1969), but something John recorded in his 'One to One' concert of 30th August 1972, and added to end his greatest hits album.

Shaved Fish, is a collection of John Lennon hits put together not only by the author himself, but by the artist. The album cover is full of Lennon's humor and intelligence, and John actually called the album "Collectable Lennon". Shaved Fish is still the only compilation of Lennon songs to have been released during John Lennon's lifetime, and it's still available, in all its raw, abbreviated glory. After the album was released on Oct. 24, 1975 (US & UK), John would not release another album until five years later.

7. Just Because. (1977-1980?)
This is the title of a haunting dreamlike John Lennon solo composition. John recorded an acoustic demo of this beautiful song sometime between 1977-1980. Please note, this is not the famous cover version of the same name that John included on his 'Rock n Roll' album.


THE BEATLES UNDERCOVER

The 'Beatles Undercover' US by Kristofer Engelhardt is a reference Book/CD that any Beatles completist will want to have. It is thoroughly documented, well organized and entertaining to read. Featuring the songs 'Incantation' - performed by Dog Soldier with Patrick Jude, lyrics by John Lennon, produced by Roy Cicala and John Lennon; 'Let's Spend the Night Together' - vocals by Lori Burton and Patrick Jude, produced and arranged by John Lennon; and 'Answer Me, My Love' - vocals by Lori Burton, produced by Roy Cicala and John Lennon. The sound quality of the recordings is excellent. 'Beatles Undercover' UK

Beatles Deeper Undercover - New Book
"Focusing exclusively on more than 1,000 musical endeavors shared between more than 300 artists, this updated continuation of the critically acclaimed Beatles Undercover contains new chapters, previously unpublished interviews, and exclusive firsthand information on the Fab Four from the artists who knew them best. An exhaustively researched, highly detailed discography of the Beatles' musical contributions is also included, giving a clear look into their songwriting and recording processes. Many of the Beatles' contributions to other artists' recordings were done anonymously and are documented here for the first time, making this an extremely valuable book for any Beatles fan."
'Beatles Deeper Undercover' US   'Beatles Deeper Undercover' UK


UN-BOOTLEGGED LENNON

The following tracks are known to exist and form part of John Lennon's solo demos. They have not yet been bootlegged.

1. Street of Dreams. (1980)

2. Dream Time. (1979)

3. Soft Shoe.

4. Man Is Half Of Woman. (1971)

5. When This Life Is Done. (1977)

6. I'm Ready Lord. (1977)

7. What You Want Is What You Get.

8. Endless And Mindless.

9. I've Got You. (1971-1972)

10. Popcorn. (1973-1974)

Recommended reading:
Unreleased Beatles in Music and Film, details the incredible breadth of music The Beatles recorded but did not release, as well as film footage of the group that hasn't been made commercially available, (UK Link).
The John Lennon: Solo Bootleg Discography, is a well researched book, with a comprehensive compilation of all John Lennon's solo bootlegs, (UK Link).


JOHN LENNON'S FIRST SONG

John's first attempt at songwriting was a takeoff on the Dell Vikings, 'Come Go With Me'. He changed the lyrics to, "Come, come, come, come / come and go with me / to the peni-tentiary".
He also changed the title of the Viper's song, Streamline Train, to 'Long Black Train', and made up some lyrics for the song.

John's first completed song is believed to be 'Hello Little Girl'. However, John had already written the main structure to, 'I Call Your Name', when he was 15. He completed the middle eight in 1963 and gave it to Billy .J. Krammer to record. Krammer released it as the B-side to their hit single 'Bad To Me', (which John Lennon also wrote). It got to #1 on the British charts, in August 1963.

The Beatles later recorded 'I Call Your Name', on 1st March 1964, and released it on their Long Tall Sally E.P.(U.K).

Other early Lennon compositions include, 'One After 909', allegedly written on the back of a bus in 1957, when John was 17, (although some claim it was written at John's first home - 9 Newcastle Road, Liverpool). It was first recorded by The Beatles on 5th March, 1963, but it was not released and was later re-recorded for the 'Let It Be' album in 1969.

'What Goes On', also written when John was 17, wasn't completed until 1965, when McCartney and Starkey added a middle eight to Lennon's song.

'Cry For A Shadow', (originally called Beatle Bop), was the first instrumental by The Beatles, and the only known composition by John Lennon and George Harrison. It was recorded in Hamburg in June 1961.

John also wrote many original Quarrymen songs with Paul McCartney.


JOHN LENNON'S FIRST RECORDING

John Lennon's first recording was made the day he met Paul McCartney. Saturday 6th July, 1957.

Bob Molyneux, recorded the Quarrymen's evening performance in the Church Hall, Church Road, Woolton, Liverpool. Playing that day were: Eric Griffiths on guitar, Colin Hanton on drums, Rod Davis on banjo, John Lennon on guitar, Len Garry on tea-chest bass and Pete Shotton on washboard.

Preserved on the tape were poor quality recordings of the Quarrymen's performances of Lonnie Donegan's 'Puttin' On The Style' and Elvis Presley's 'Baby, Let's Play House'.

John's next recording was with the Quarrymen in a back room of Percy Philip's Studio, 38 Kensington, Liverpool, on 14th July 1958. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lowe (Piano), and Colin Hanton (Drums), cut two tracks. John Lennon sang lead on both songs. The A-side was Buddy Holly's, 'That'll Be The Day'. The B-side was the McCartney/Harrison song 'In Spite Of All The Danger'.

During May 20th-28th, 1960, John was touring in Scotland. The Quarrymen, now calling themselves the Silver Beetles, consisted of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Tommy Moore and Stuart Sutcliffe. They were the backing act for Johnny Gentle. Whilst in Inverness, Scotland, on May 21st, John Lennon helped Johnny Gentle write a song, Gentle had been working on. It was called 'I've Just Fallen For Someone', and Gentle released it a year later on Parlophone under the name Darren Young.

Gentle recalls, 'John came up with something he had written, which happened to fit this song I was writing. I had the middle eight, but wasn't happy with it and John agreed and started telling me what I needed. I was annoyed. I thought, here's this upstart telling me how to write songs'.

This song represents the first recorded composition by John Lennon.


THE NUMBER NINE

Nine was John Lennon's special number. He used the number in several of his songs.

1. # 9 Dream.

2. Revolution 9.

3. One After 909.

4. You Are Here. (John says 'Nine' at the start of the song).

John Lennon was born on October 9 (1940), and his son Sean was also born October 9 (1975).


JOHN LENNON'S FAVOURITE BEATLES SONGS

John Lennon was very honest about which Beatles songs he liked, and those songs he didn't like. In several interviews he listed 'Here, There And Everywhere', 'In My Life', 'I'll Be Back', 'Help!', 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'For No One', 'Hey Jude', 'I Am The Walrus', 'A Day In The Life', 'Fixing A Hole', 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Across The Universe', and 'Ticket To Ride', as some of his favourites. The Beatles producer George Martin said that John Lennon's favourite Beatles song had been 'In My Life'.

John Lennon also said he hated some Beatles songs, and he called these songs 'throw-aways'. This is what John said about certain songs:
'It's Only Love', "I always thought it was a lousy song. The lyrics were abysmal. I always hated that song"
'Run For Your Life', "My least favourite Beatles song, one song I most regret writing."
'Cry Baby Cry', "Not me. A piece of rubbish."
'And Your Bird Can Sing', "Another of my throwaways. Another horror."
'Tip of My Tongue', "That's another piece of Paul's garbage, not my garbage"


JOHN LENNON'S LAST SONG

John Lennon was working on many new songs during 1979-1980. They have become known as the Dakota Demos. Which, if any, John would have used remains a mystery. He had already written songs for a musical, "The Ballad Of John And Yoko". He intended using the songs; 'Free As A Bird', 'Real Love', 'Mirror Mirror On The Wall', 'She is A Friend Of Dorothy's', and 'Whatever Happened To', for the proposed Broadway musical. John was also preparing the song list for his 1981, "One World, One People" world tour.

Generally considered to be Lennon's final songs, 'You Saved Me, With Your True Love', and 'Dear John ', were recorded some time in November 1980.

John was mixing Yoko Ono's song 'Walking On Thin Ice', the night he died (December 8th 1980). John plays lead guitar and keyboards on the track. The song was issued 2 months after his death, and opens with some dialogue from John & Yoko, recorded on 26th November 1980.


The Song of Himself

John Lennon was both the Nowhere Man and the Eggman, he contained multitudes, 'I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together', and of these, one and all, he wove the song of himself ...

It was a song that included anthems, ' Give Peace A Chance ' and dream collages ' Revolution 9 ', portraits ' Mean Mr.Mustard ' and statements ' I Want You ', meditations ' Strawberry Fields Forever ' and calls to action ' Power To The People '.

It was a song of contrasting states of feeling and emotion - weariness ' I'm So Tired ' and wakefulness ' Instant Karma ', need ' Help! ' and independence ' Good Morning, Good Morning ', depression ' You've Got To Hide Your Love Away ' and elation ' Whatever Gets You Thru The Night ', reflectiveness ' In My Life ' and anger ' How Do You Sleep ', pain ' Yer Blues ' and pleasure ' I Feel Fine ', toughness ' Run For Your Life ' and gentleness ' Julia '.

It was a song featuring different modes of expression - irony ' Happiness Is A Warm Gun ', primal screaming ' Mother ', sermons ' The Word ', political protest ' John Sinclair ' and nonsense ' I Am The Walrus '. And it was a song manifesting different states of being - the tragic ' Isolation ', the comic ' Polythene Pam ' and the cosmic ' Across The Universe '.

The Song of Himself, is an article in the Ballad of John and Yoko, (by Rolling Stone), which is one of the best books on the lives and career of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


Revolution 9
The slow version of ' Revolution ' on the album went on and on and on and I took the fade-out part, which is what they sometimes do with disco records now, and just layered all this stuff over it. It was the basic rhythm of the original ' Revolution ' going on with some twenty (tape) loops we put on, things from the archives of EMI. We were cutting up classical music and making different-size loops, and then I got an engineer tape on which some test engineer was saying, ' Number nine. ' All those different bits of sound and noise are all compiled. There were about ten (tape) machines with people holding pencils on the loops, some only inches long and some a yard long. I fed them all in and mixed them live. I did a few mixes until I got one I liked. Yoko was there for the whole thing and she made decisions about which loops to use. It was somewhat under her influence, I suppose. Once I heard her stuff, not just the screeching and the howling but her sort of word pieces and talking and breathing and all this strange stuff, I thought, My God, I got intrigued, so I wanted to do one. I spent more time on ' Revolution 9 ' than I did on half the songs I ever wrote. It was a montage.


Strawberry Fields Forever
Strawberry Fields is a real place. After I stopped living at Penny Lane, I moved in with my auntie who lived in the suburbs... not the poor slummy kind of image that was projected in all the Beatles stories. Near that home was Strawberry Fields, a house near a boys' reformatory where I used to go to garden parties as a kid with my friends Nigel and Pete. We always had fun at Strawberry Fields. So that's where I got the name. But I used it as an image. Strawberry Fields Forever. ' Living is easy with eyes closed. Misunderstanding all you see. ' It still goes, doesn't it? Aren't I saying exactly the same thing now? The awareness apparently trying to be expressed is, let's say in one way I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. I was different all my life. The second verse goes, ' No one I think is in my tree. ' Well, I was too shy and self-doubting. Nobody seems to be as hip as me is what I was saying. Therefore, I must be crazy or a genius, ' I mean it must be high or low, ' the next line. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things other people didn't see. I thought I was crazy or an egomaniac for claiming to see things other people didn't see. I always was so psychic or intuitive or poetic or whatever you want to call it, that I was always seeing things in a hallucinatory way. Surrealism had a great effect on me, because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity; that if it was insane, I belong in an exclusive club that sees the world in those terms. Surrealism to me is reality. Psychic vision to me is reality. Even as a child. When I looked at myself in the mirror or when I was 12, 13, I used to literally trance out into alpha. I didn't know what it was called then. I found out years later there is a name for those conditions. But I would find myself seeing hallucinatory images of my face changing and becoming cosmic and complete. It caused me to always be a rebel. This thing gave me a chip on the shoulder; but, on the other hand, I wanted to be loved and accepted. Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic musician. But I cannot be what I am not.


I Am The Walrus
The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko. Part of it was putting down Hare Krishna. All these people were going on about Hare Krishna, Allen Ginsberg in particular. The reference to ' Element'ry penguin ' is the elementary, naive attitude of going around chanting, ' Hare Krishna, ' or putting all your faith in any one idol. I was writing obscurely, a la Dylan, in those days. It's from ' The Walrus and the Carpenter. ' ' Alice in Wonderland. ' To me, it was a beautiful poem. It never dawned on me that Lewis Carroll was commenting on the capitalist and social system. I never went into that bit about what he really meant, like people are doing with the Beatles' work. Later, I went back and looked at it and realized that the walrus was the bad guy in the story and the carpenter was the good guy. I thought, Oh, shit, I picked the wrong guy. I should have said, ' I am the carpenter. ' But that wouldn't have been the same, would it? (singing) ' I am the carpenter... '

John Lennon 1980.


THE COMPLETE JOHN LENNON DISCOGRAPHY

The Original Beatles' Albums

PLEASE PLEASE ME 1963
WITH THE BEATLES 1963
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT 1964
BEATLES FOR SALE 1964
HELP 1965
RUBBER SOUL 1965
REVOLVER 1966
A COLLECTION OF BEATLES OLDIES [BUT GOLDIES] 1966
SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 1967
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR 1967
THE BEATLES 1968
YELLOW SUBMARINE 1968
ABBEY ROAD 1969
LET IT BE 1970

The Beatles Compilations

LOVE SONGS 1973
BEATLES [1962 1966 ] 1973
BEATLES [1967 1970 ] 1973
ROCK N ROLL MUSIC 1976
LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL 1977
RARITIES 1979
THE BEATLES BOX 1980
LIVE IN HAMBURG AT THE STAR CLUB 1981
GREATEST HITS 1982
PAST MASTERS VOL 1 1988
PAST MASTERS VOL 2 1988
LIVE AT THE BBC 1994
ANTHOLOGY 1 1995
ANTHOLOGY 2 1995
ANTHOLOGY 3 1995
THE NO 1 ALBUM 2000
LET IT BE - NAKED 2003
THE BEATLES REMASTERS 2009


John Lennon Solo Albums

John Lennon's first three solo albums were collaborations with Yoko Ono. All three avant-garde records have moments of magic. However, at the time of release their packaging was considered more interesting than their musical content.

Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins (1968)
Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions (1969)
Wedding Album (1969)

The Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace in Toronto 1969)
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Some Time in New York City (1972)
Mind Games (1973)
Walls and Bridges (1974)
Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
Shaved Fish (1975)
Double Fantasy (1980)

The John Lennon Collection (1982)
Heart Play (1983)
Milk and Honey (1984)
Live in New York City (1986)
Menlove Avenue (1986)
Imagine: John Lennon (Music From the Motion Picture) (1988)
Lennon (4 CD Boxed Set) (1990)
Lennon Legend: the Very Best of John Lennon (1998)
John Lennon Anthology (4 CD Boxed Set) (1998)
Wonsaponatime (1998)
Acoustic (2004)
Working Class Hero - Definitive Lennon (2005)
JOHN LENNON REMASTERS 2010

John Lennon Solo Singles

Give Peace a Chance / Remember Love (July, 1969)
Cold Turkey / Don't Worry Kyoko (October, 1969)
Instant Karma! (We All Shine on) / Who Has Seen the Wind? (February, 1970)
Mother / Why (December, 1970)
Power to the People / Open Your Box (March, 1971)
Power to the People / Touch Me (March, 1971)
Imagine / It's So Hard (October, 1971)
Happy Xmas (War is Over) / Listen, the Snow is Falling (December, 1971)
Woman is the Nigger of the World / Sisters, O Sisters (April, 1972)
Mind Games / Meat City (October, 1973)
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night / Beef Jerky (September, 1974)
# 9 Dream / What You Got (December, 1974)
Stand By Me / Move Over Ms. L (March, 1975)
Stand By Me / Woman is the Nigger of the World (April, 1977)
(Just Like) Starting Over / Kiss Kiss Kiss (October, 1980)
Woman / Beautiful Boys (January, 1981)
Watching the Wheels / Yes, I'm Your Angel (March, 1981)
(Just Like) Starting Over / Woman (July, 1981)
Watching the Wheels / Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (November, 1981)
Happy Xmas (War is Over) / Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (November, 1982)
Nobody Told Me / O' Sanity (January, 1984)
I'm Stepping out / Sleepless Night (March, 1984)
Borrowed Time / Your Hands (May, 1984)

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SONGS ABOUT JOHN LENNON

IT'S JOHNNY'S BIRTHDAY - GEORGE HARRISON
HAPPY TRAILS - JANIS JOPLIN
HEY JOHN - BLOSSOM DEARIE
ALL THOSE YEARS AGO - GEORGE HARRISON
THE IMMIGRANT - NEIL SEDAKA
REST IN PEACE - JUAN HERNANDEZ
LIFE IS REAL (SONG FOR JOHN) - QUEEN
MOONLIGHT SHADOW - MIKE OLDFIELD
NOT NOW JOHN - PINK FLOYD
SCANDINAVIAN SKIES - BILLY JOEL
IT CAME TO ME IN A DREAM - JOSE FELICIANO
EMPTY GARDEN (HEY HEY JOHNNY) - ELTON JOHN
THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED - ELTON JOHN
HERE TODAY - PAUL McCARTNEY
MUCH MISSED MAN - PHIL BOARDMAN
JOHN WINSTON - THE QUARRYMEN
HEY JOHN - PUHDYS
THE DAKOTA - CHRISTINE LAVIN
SGT. PEPPER'S BAND - JOAN BAEZ
THE LATE GREAT JOHNNY ACE - PAUL SIMON
21ST CENTURY MAN - ELO


SONGS ABOUT JOHN LENNON BY HIS FAMILY

TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES - JULIAN LENNON
NOW YOU'RE IN HEAVEN - JULIAN LENNON
THAT'S MY LIFE, MY LOVE AND HOME - FREDDIE LENNON (John's father)
SHIPS OF THE MERSEY - CHARLIE LENNON (John's uncle)

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