In March 1966, at the height of Beatlemania, John Lennon remarked to a journalist from the London Evening Standard
- probably in his usual deadpan style - that the Beatles were now more popular than Jesus. Later in the year, when that comment found its way into an American teenagers' magazine, it provoked uproar in the Bible Belt
, and led to a DJ in Birmingham, Alabama boycotting their records, a boycott that spread like wildfire, many teenagers actually burning their records.
In view of this, probably no one would have been more surprised than Lennon himself that a Southern musician, if a Southern rock musician, should have written a tribute song to him. Although Dave Hlubek's epic "Fall Of The Peacemakers" alludes to both Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy
as well, it is primarily about Lennon with its overt references to "Imagine
" and "Give Peace A Chance
It remains to be seen how Martin Luther King can be considered a peacemaker, although for all his faults he advocated a non-violent revolution "A King without a sword", and after his murder by James Earl Ray, "A land without a King". The last verse alludes to the funeral of President Kennedy, who some might say saved the world from a potential nuclear disaster by his masterful handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the year before his assassination.