Today John Lennon would have been 70 years old and, unlike Sir Paul, probably not a feather in Starbucks’ cap. Not to be naive, but I like to think he’d have made some good music during the Awful Aughts. With Dubya as his muse, he might have beat Jay-Z to the Black Album.
From what I gather, there are probably few places less like Miami than Liverpool. Perhaps that’s why John and The Beatles seemed to enjoy themselves so much here. Or maybe it had to do with their unprecedented fame, godly talent, and staggering wealth. Either way, to commemorate the sad death and rocking life of “The Smart One,” here are a few photos of Lennon, his wife Cynthia, and the boys, in Miami for the band’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. (More photos at absoluteelsewhere.net.)
Props to anyone who can figure out where in Miami these were taken.
Here’s John shaking the crowd in and out of puberty on the Ed Sullivan Show.