The Beatles: John Lennon's 82nd birthday celebrated by Paul McCartney – 'Sweet memories'

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The Beatles are the world’s best-selling music artists of all time and continue to leave a dominant mark on popular culture over 50 years since they broke up. Just last week fans celebrated the 60th anniversary of their official debut single Love Me Do, released on October 5, 1962 – the same day the first James Bond movie Dr No starring Sean Connery hit cinemas. After a decade of unprecedented success, they went their separate ways on their own solo paths – although tragically John Lennon only had 10 years of life left.

Nevertheless, Lennon’s memory has been upheld through his incredible legacy as his family and fans continue to celebrate his brief life and work to this day.

Over the weekend, what would have been his 82nd birthday was celebrated by those closest to him in his short 40 years. His widow Yoko Ono and sons posted a touching collage photo of Lennon and Sean blowing out candles on a cake on their shared birthday of October 9.

Meanwhile, the George Harrison estate posted a video tribute to the Beatle, as they often do for Fab Four members birthdays.

The video featured Harrison’s 1981 single All Those Years Ago, which was his personal tribute to Lennon, with Ringo Starr on the drums and Paul McCartney overdubbing on back vocals. The Quiet Beatle himself died of cancer aged just 58 on November 29, 2001.

Meanwhile, Macca’s birthday post to Lennon was particularly touching this year, with him writing: “Sweet memories on @johnlennon’s birthday – Paul.”

The accompanying photo in his Instagram post has McCartney standing on stage at Glastonbury Festival earlier this summer facing footage of his late songwriting collaborator singing on the screen behind him.

READ MORE: John Lennon trashed Rolling Stones’ ‘unimportant throwaway’ song

Afterwards, the emotional 80-year-old told the Glastonbury crowd: “That’s so special for me man. I know it’s virtual but come on – it’s John. We’re back together.”

Following on, both Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen joined him on stage for an incredible improvised guitar riff off.

McCartney then concluded his epic set with Heater Skelter, Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and, of course, The End.



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