The story of the strong friendship of Elton John and John Lennon - two great musicians
John Lennon and Elton John - two talented geniuses, whose work had a huge impact on subsequent generations ... Actually, it's not only about creativity, but also about the gigantic charisma of each of them: these are two bright personalities of the era of the British invasion, about whom they do not stop talking to this day ... And , as it turned out, between them was "stormy romance". Despite the well-known preference Elton John With regards to personal life, it is now far from a love relationship. It's about a strong male friendship between the icon of the Beatles and the famous "Rocketman"! Acquainted at the beginning 1970's, the music legends got along well, maintaining their sincere connection until the tragic death Lennon in 1980 year...
In the words of Elton, they were very close friends to the point that he - John - was chosen as the godfather Shaunason of Lennon! And this, in fact, shows a lot ... In his life, Lennon talked with a lot of people, he had a wide circle of friends, consisting of musicians, other creative figures and more! When he chose Yoko Ono, then, to some extent, he turned into a hermit ... The cult Beatle was practically left without communication with friends. But connection with Elton remained, since he asked him to become the godfather of his son! This showed that Lennon felt a real affection for him. There was a kind of love between them, but not romance, as is common. They were very close, like brothers...
Memories of the first meeting...
For Elton John, as for countless other artists, The Beatles were a key figure in music. He first met Lennon in 1973 year, and this moment remained in his memory forever ...
“When I first met John, I was obviously in awe, I was in awe… I adored all the Beatles, but he had an advantage that no one had: he was not afraid to say what he saw… It was me hooked…”
According to the stories Eltonthey met on the set of the video for the album mind gameswhere is his friend Tony King played the role of ... queen! Anyway. Let's go back to John's memories:
“I remember that day: I was wearing a bright green Saint Laurent satin suit that day! John was kind, generous and sweet… We got along with him right away! He was so funny. That's what I liked about him - his irony, sense of humor ... Later we did a lot of things together - we were kind of rebels! Together we had a lot of fun ... God, how long ago it was ... "
Elton John and John Lennon shared a close bond, and their stories from humble beginnings to superstardom are highly correlated. Despite the fact that their time at the top did not coincide with each other, they saw the world from the same side, and the last time the former Beatle took the stage, it was a duet with his friend John ... Elton would later compare their friendship with "stormy romance"and although they had only known each other for a few years, the two were inseparable! Elton will even be made the godfather of his son Lennon, Sean, which shows how much the Beatle respected and admired "Rocketman".
For Elton John, as for countless other artists, The Beatles were a key figure in music, a group that broadened his horizons. When he first listened to them in his youth, he did not suspect that in the future he would cooperate hand in hand with Lennon, relying on him as one of his closest friends.
Pari and Madison Square Garden
Their friendship peaked at 1974 the year when Lennon lost a bet with Elton, and he had to put aside his fear of returning to the stage to join his friend in Madison Square Garden.
The story goes that after Lennon asked Elton to help him on his new track "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night"The duo came to an agreement. In summer 1974 years Elton was in the studio, providing the harmonies and piano in the melody. It was during these sessions that he made a bet with Lennon about how the track would perform on the charts, and after it hit No. 1, the ex-Beatle was forced to keep his word... It had happy consequences, especially for one lucky audience!
From an interview with Sean Lennon
Talking to your godson and son Lennon, Sean, in an interview in 2020 year Elton longingly looked back at the time he spent in the company of his departed friend ...
“It was such a wonderful two to three year stormy romance that we had, and it was very important in my life ... It helped me a lot. It gave me so much confidence! Your father was just as kind, generous and sweet, and we immediately hit it off…”
Sean, in turn, supported the conversation, noting:
“My dad, when he first heard your voice… I think he was already in America and he thought it was the first new kind of British singing that he really liked! I think he said that he likes your music and songs, and he especially liked the song “Your Song”!”
“For me, it was just a dream come true! We laughed so much because we were talking about the 50s and 60s and where we grew up, you know, Round the Horne in England, the radio shows that we liked, the songs we liked and that we didn't like it, and your father was just a source of knowledge! It was a gloved hand and I never thought this would ever happen... I never liked poseurs and your father wasn't like that. He was special…”
All the turmoil and crazy things that life has thrown in Elton John, were the one through which Lennon had already passed, which meant that no one was better equipped to give advice on this matter than the former Beatle. However, they have also taken care of their fair share of insane fun! Although their friendship was short-lived, the influence Lennon to Eltonobviously stayed with him for the rest of his life. It may have been a whirlwind, but the effect of that time spent in Lennon's company never left him...
Unfortunately, John Lennon was killed December 8, 1980 years near his apartment in New York by a fanatic of the group The Beatles by Mark Chapman. If he were still alive, then 2020 year John would have turned 80 years old.