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On the Beatles 50th Anniversary, Sean Ono Lennon Plays "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

Thursday, February 6: 1:08 p.m.
Posted by Alexandra Fagan

In 1988, a young Sean Ono Lennon – John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s only son – took to the podium as the Beatles accepted their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors. Obviously nervous and encouraged by Ringo Starr to say a few words, Sean explained: “I’m pretty young to know about this still, but I still love the Beatles, and I’m pretty proud to be up here today for doing nothing.” Twenty-six years later, Sean Ono Lennon, a talented musician and composer, was again paying tribute to the legacy of the music his father and the Beatles created. This time, prompted by the 50th  anniversary of the Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan

In honor of the Beatles anniverary, artists from all genres have been performing together on The Late Show With David Letterman. Last night, the Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon covered the Beatles' psychedelic rock classic “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Lead singer, Wayne Coyne, stood tall on a road case with shimmering ribbons dangling from his arms and a tangled tentacle arrangement of LED lights adorning his mic stand. Lennon donned the same hat his dad wore in the cover art of the 1970s compilation album Hey Jude.

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was among the psychedelic masterpieces on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The original, handwritten copy of the lyrics can be seen in the Beatles exibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, home to the largest collection of Beatles artifacts in the world. The song's inspiration reportedly came from a nursery school drawing done by John Lennon’s eldest son, Julian Lennon, in early 1967. While many contended the song was about drugs because the words in the song's title abbreviate as LSD, Lennon denied this accusation during a 1971 interview on Dick Cavett

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