Many of you already know that today is the anniversary of the day that Beatle superstar John Lennon was shot and killed 35 years ago outside his home at The Dakota in New York City. What you might not know is that the person directly responsible for the world’s most important supergroup also had connections right here in the Hamptons.
Of course he was one of the dozens of icons who stopped by and stayed awhile at Andy Warhol’s Eothen in Montauk back in the day. And the memory of the man who was subject of Amagansett resident Susan Wood’s “Right On! The Lennon Years, Photographs by Susan Wood 1968 – 1978” this past summer also lives on here in the minds of so many residents who were close friends and family members. Two who quickly come to mind are fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, who lives in Amagansett, and widow Yoko Ono, who is a frequent visitor at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
This past summer, my love and I were fortunate enough to take a trip across the pond so I thought I’d share a few photos. While in Liverpool, we hit up a bunch of Beatles sites, including Penny Lane, the reconstructed Cavern Club (where the Beatles played quite a bit in early days) and also the childhood home of Lennon and the gates to Strawberry Fields. Did you know that the inspiration for that song was actually from a home for unwed girls? Tis true, according to our “Magical Mystery Tour” guide.
Long live Lennon, in our hearts and through his songs.