Happy Belated-Birthday, John (Lennon and Entwitsle)!

By: Steve Kostan

October 9th marked the birthday’s of two of our early English rock heroes: John Lennon in 1940 and The Who’s John Entwitsle in 1944.

Lennon, a global rock star and cultural guru, brought a huge dose of his magic to Ann Arbor in Dec.of 71. John headlined the “Free John Now” concert for imprisoned “Brotha” John Sinclair. Lennon was at the peak of his foray into the social and political arena. He even wrote the song “John Sinclair” which was released on his “Sometime in New York” album. There was tremendous excitement leading up to the concert Dec. 10th, 1971. It was a rather elongated night that saw Lennon finally hitting the stage around 2:00am. I didn’t wear a watch in those days, plus I was busy shaking and waking 2 friends. It was brief but worth it. People around here still talk ago that show to this day.

The Who’s John Entwistle was the locomotive/steam shovel behind the Who’s major power rock. HIs ultra nimble flying fingers provided a sonic ballet of thunder. There’s none like him. Pete Townshend said Entwistle’s dexterity came from playing brass instruments, like the French Horn, as a kid.

So, happy birthday “up there” from all of us, and THANKS!

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