Happy Birthday John Lennon | The Night A Beatle Met Jerry Garcia

We originally published this piece on October 9, 2013; but it's too good of a story not to share again.

Today marks what would've been John Lennon's 74th birthday if he wasn't tragically murdered in 1980. It's easy to ponder "what could've been" if Lennon survived his assassination or it never happened. Considering the success of his Double Fantasy album, which was released three weeks before his death, signs pointed towards John hitting the road for the first time since The Beatles stopped touring in 1966. In honor of the peace-loving Lennon's birthday we wanted to share a story showing the appreciation John had for Jerry Garcia and vice versa.

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In 2005 Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's son Justin wrote a post on Blogcritics.org about an encounter Lennon had with Garcia. Jerry had covered John's "Imagine" just after the Lennon's second solo album was released and also recorded a version of the tune with Merl Saunders for Saunders' Heavy Turbulence LP in 1972. As Kreutzmann recounts, Lennon was appreciative that Garcia was the first artist to cover one of his solo songs and came by a Jerry Garcia Band show in New York City to thank him.

Justin explains that Jerry and John hit it off and even discussed a potential sit-in, "After the show they talked for a while and Jerry invited John to come back the next night to join him on stage. John said he would return the following day and do a sound check with the Garcia Band so they could work up a few tunes." Unfortunately Lennon never turned up the next day - another one of rock's "what could've beens." Both Garcia's JGB and the Grateful Dead covered plenty of Beatles songs before Jerry passed in 1995. Here's hoping Jerry and John have met and jammed in the afterlife.

[Published on: 10/9/14]

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