Imagine John Lennon and Kris Kristofferson

Imagine John Lennon’s 75th birthday : Kris will be celebrating

5 December 2015, is the date set for John Lennon’s Madison Square Garden 75th Birthday Concert, called Imagine.  John Lennon would have turned 75 on the 9 October this year, so the birthday bash is right before the 35th anniversary of the day he was fatally shot on 8 December, outside his apartment block in New York  City.  Other artists include Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Pat Monahan (Train), & the Roots.

According to, AMC will team with Blackbird Presents for this once off even, & AMC have announced the show will be taped & aired exclusively by AMC  on 19 December.  Sadly, it is unlikely that we will get to see this in the UK.  Still, we can but hope.  It is the digital age after all, & perhaps John’s fans & connection to Liverpool here might prompt a miracle.

Kris Kristofferson has connections to the Beatles

I have listed some below, please let me know if you are aware of others?

2014 :   22 January, Kris performs at the Art and Music of The Beatles, Gibson Guitar Entertainment Relations       Showroom.  Links to pics  here

          :  26 January,  Kris & Ringo Starr were both honorees at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. for “contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording,” celebrated at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, in Los Angeles. Kris performed with Haggard, Nelson & Blake Shelton at the event.  He is quoted here, as saying, “The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the ones who are the superheroes that changed music in my lifetime. Remember what pop music was like before them?”

According to,  Starr, on seeing Kris, said,”I’m just gonna hug you first, brother.”  As he reached out to Kris he jokes that he was going to get the dinosaur & asked Kris what he was getting.  Kris is reported to have replied that he didn’t remember, & both men laughed.  

2006 : John Lennon is mentioned by Kris, at the end of his song, Final Attraction

1995 : Kristofferson recorded Paperback Writer for Come Together, America Salutes the Beatles the Beatles tribute album in 1995.  (USA link if you want this CD is here )

1972 : Kristofferson shared the BMI Songwriter of the Year award with Paul McCartney & George Harrison.  (Kris won this award a few times in other years in the Country Music category) You can read more in  the Wild American by Stephan Miller  (UK) , or USA


Like Kris Kristofferson, John Lennon was an ambassador for peace.  Both have fallen foul of the establishment for airing their political views, & for speaking out against war & exploitation of the poor.  Is it possible that the two were closer friends, united by similar interests?  I think it is unlikely, but not impossible.  They would almost certainly have known many of the same people.

It’s almost impossible for me to imagine John Lennon at 75, but it’s immensely sad that he was taken from the world so soon.  What a talent, who knows what work he might have produced if he had been spared a bit more time.

That sad, it’s very touching that the man & his work are remembered so fondly by so many, & I am sure that he the artists performing at his birthday celebration will do him proud.


Sources & Thanks

Thanks to Tina Stapelfeldt for correcting spelling 🙂

Featured image licence  , credit to Matteo Piotto

“Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” will be filmed for a TV special, airing on AMC at 8 p.m. CT Saturday, December 19.

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