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This song was released more than 2 years after Lennon was killed. The video was made from home movies of John, Yoko, and baby Sean. (thanks, Andy - Arlington, VA)
Lennon wrote this for Ringo's album Stop And Smell The Roses. After John passed away, Ringo didn't have the heart to record it, so Yoko released it on Milk And Honey. (thanks, Matthew - Bardstown, KY)
The mention of the "Little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu" comes from the poem The Green Eye of the Yellow God by J. Milton Hayes. The first stanza runs:
"There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down." (thanks, Kent - Pittsfield, IL)
The line, "There's a UFO over New York and I ain't too surprised" was taken from an actual incident. In 1974, John and his lover May Pang (during his separation from Yoko) were living in an apartment overlooking New York's East River, when John saw what he thought was a UFO. According to Pang, John yelled out the window "come back - take me!" (Thanks Ken, Louisville, KY)
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
The acclaimed jazz singer explains how dancing expands her range as a vocalist.
John Lee Hooker
Into the vaults for Bruce Pollock's 1984 conversation with the esteemed Bluesman. Hooker talks about transforming a Tony Bennett classic and why you don't have to be sad and lonely to write The Blues.