This weekend BBC Radio 2 is celebrating what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday. The Beatles legend’s son Sean interviews his half-brother Julian, in addition to Paul McCartney and Elton John. During a rare second, Julian describes how he had began to rebuild his relationship together with his father simply earlier than the star’s loss of life. The brothers share their emotional reminiscences of how John was feeling at the moment, little realizing what was about to occur.
John’s first son Julian was born on April 8, 1963, on the top of Beatlemania. His existence was saved as secret as potential to take care of the Beatles’ teen idol attraction to adoring followers.
Despite some cute posed photos at house in Liverpool, Julian was not near his father within the earlier years and shared a better bond to Paul McCartney.
Hey Jude was initially known as Hey Jules and written by Paul to consolation the kid throughout his paremts’ divorce.
Their relationship improved after a 1973 go to to stick with John and new spouse Yoko Ono in New York and father and son bonded over music composition and devices.
Julian was simply 17 when his father was murdered exterior his New York house on December 8, 1980.
The former Beatle had been engaged on a brand new solo album, Double Fantasy, in the course of the last months of his life.The album was preceded by the only (Just Like) Starting Over.
Julian remembers their last conversations: “Dad and I had been getting on and talking much more on the cellphone, you realize, after I was form of 15, 16 and 17.
“I simply keep in mind I used to be dwelling in North Wales on the time and I’d spent six months or a yr in boarding as effectively and I’d lastly come house. And I used to be dwelling at mum’s home and I used to be ending up in school and I keep in mind him taking part in Starting Over over the cellphone, he simply blended it.”
Julian says: “I simply do not forget that as being the final type of moments, listening to him being extraordinarily pleased in a cheerful place, and doing what he liked, and the music that he performed me at that specific level, Starting Over, and a number of the different album tracks.
“I was very happy for him and looking forward to seeing him again. Anyway, in another dimension…”
Sean provides: “Yeah. Well, the sort of stark contrast between how optimistic and positive that record is musically and how happy he is, and then the sort of context in which it came out is just, you know, there’s no other way to put it, but it’s tragic, but it’s incredible.”
Sean himself had simply turned 5 on the time so his reminiscences are a lot less complicated.
He says: “That is why that record, specifically, is really emotional for me to listen to, because I love the music. I actually remember my earliest memories are being in the studio during that record. But at the same time, it’s just, it’s a little overwhelming how, how tragic the whole thing is.”
John Lennon at 80 from 9-10pm, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds