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John Lennon Remembered..


8th December 2012.

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John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980 Monday) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine“. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double FantasyHe was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to New York City in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon‘s administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement.

As of 2012 Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, and as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002 a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all-time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Retired Ruth’s 5 O’ Clock World


“When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out. ~ David Weatherford             

This song request came about quite differently then most others have. Our follower, Ruth from “retiredruth Life in the 50’s and beyond” has  asked about a tune she recalled from a brief visit in Monterey, California USA.  She only recalls liking the song quite enough to listen to it over and over again on a local radio station while visiting California in 1966. That she heard the song repeatedly  on the radio is telling that it appeared to be getting a lot of air time. The hints Ruth can recall are astonishing really, since when she returned back to the Mid West where she is from she never heard this tune again,  despite trying to find it,   Thus song  has remained with her to this day.  Don’t you just love that about music when it affects you like that?

{ To Ruth, this is the song  we talked about that popped into my head at the first reading of your hints. There was no happy results from a search using the hints as tag search words. It became immediately obvious none of the results were the song you are looking for. If this  song  5  O : Clock World is not you song know only that we tried and hope you enjoy this tune anyway in its place. }

Ruth’s hints;  a clock,  passing of time, the year was 1966 that the song was popular and receiving a lot of radio air time, and she was in Monterey California. She also added that it is a light pop/rock tune. So it is with this that we are posting 5 O Clock World.  It is a great song that will move your toes in time ti the music. One that we thought worth posting and taking the chance we could be giving Ruth her song. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions about this search for Ruth’s song we would love to hear from you. We are open to them always.

A different focus; this post will feature information on the venue of Monetery California USA.

Monterrey, California, the city itself known for its superb venue for live music performances is as well  known for its historic influence on America’s Rock, Pop, & Jazz Industry. The San Francisco music scene, with bands like Quick Silver Messenger Service, It’s  a Beautiful Day, Santana,  & The Grateful Dead became a genre of their own to their fans. Using Ruth’s memory which stems from her c visit to this southern California  city in 1966 is a perfect segue into  this post about this multifaceted Music City venue.

The Monterey, California (USA)  Music Venue:

What has now become known as The Monterey Jazz Festival The Monterey Pop Festival‘s beginnings go back to 1958, with performing artists  like  Louie Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday.

The festival  now claims to be “the longest running jazz festival in the world” ( as reported since the Newport Jazz Festival moved locations). This original three-day concert was held the 16th-18th of June 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. The “Summer of Love’s” peak as it is thought of today. It was the first of its kind to be-a promoted and heavily attended rock festival,  The concert reportedly had an estimated 200,000 total attendees with 55,000 to 90,000 people present at the event’s peak at midnight on Sunday. This was the  first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and blues artist Otis Redding.

The 56th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place September 20-22, 2013 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California

For , more info about the 2013 jazz Festival Season:

For More information about The Monterey Pop Festival: