Friday, October 9, 2015

John Lennon Would Have Been 75 Today

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY:This is an edited version of a post I did  on what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.  Since today would have been his 75th birthday, we are repeating portions of it. Happy Birthday John....love, always.

Today, October 9th, 2015
Would Have Been 
John Lennon's 75th birthday....

"Imagine"....

I remember first seeing John (and the rest of the Beatles) on The Ed Sullivan Show back on February 9th, 1964. I was a little girl...7 to be exact...(yes, I am an older than dirt, I am sure you are doing the  math by now).



I pointed to our rabbit-eared television, took one look at John, and said "I like that one". I never changed my mind. John's music served as the back-drop for events in my life that are too numerous to mention.

I loved John's swagger, his "bad boy" persona, his genius, his sarcastic and sardonic sense of humor.

He marched to his own drummer.

He was independent. Like a cat.

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What I didn't remember until recently was that John Lennon loved cats. Throughout his life he had numerous cats with names such as "Tich", "Tim", "Sam", "Elvis", "Mimi", "Baghari", "Major" and "Minor".

When I was 7 and began what would be a life-long love affair with John Lennon (which continues  even with his untimely death on December 8th, 1980), I had yet to fall in love with cats.

That didn't happen until I was 15.

When I was a little girl I always said I was going to meet John Lennon and marry him.

I thought we had a lot in common.

At age 7 I had yet to start my love affair with cats.

But I loved John Lennon....

I still do.

John Lennon loved cats,
 I loved John Lennon, forget Yoko, 

(sorry Yoko!!)

 If John and I  would have married,
we would have chosen to have  a family of cats.

Ahhhhh  to what could have been.....


"Imagine"

38 comments:

  1. Indeed such a damn waste of a talented and beautiful man..my twin boys share his birthday and are 28 today..they also are musicians :) Loves Bev xx

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    1. Oh Bev I LOVE that your twins share John's birthday!! Did you know that Sean Lennon was born today too? Your boys are in superb company! Please send them wishes for a HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! XOXOXO

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  2. I love his music and the Beatles. I grew up listening to Elvis as my parents were big fans. They were not Beatles fans. But I liked them when I heard them on the radio. I was born in the mid 60s and I'm proud of that because music was so amazing then. Bands like the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Cream, etc. That was a great time.

    My dad would have been 75 this year too - in December. May they both R.I.P.

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    1. Marie I am sending you (((hugs))) and love! You are right, you were born at a time when the music was incredible. So sad about your Dad xoxoxo

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  3. My Mom loved all the Beatles.....her favorite was George - she was in her teens when the Beatles were "hot" and was a HUGE fan. We didn't realize John was a cat fan but it doesn't surprise us....! Such a senseless death for John. Concats to the winner of Lola's book!

    Love, Sammy

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  4. Well Happy Birthday John. We know he was a great guy if he loved cats. We liked him a lot ourselves. And by the way, you are not old. I have lots of years on you. You and your family have a great day.

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  5. Love the song Imagine. One of my favorites. He was very talented.
    Sue B

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  6. If you're older than dirt then I'm older than something before dirt. I was 13 when that show aired. I liked the Beatles, but was never in love with any of them. Did love their music.

    I'm glad you finally found your loves for cats. What's not to love.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  7. Mom remembers the day he was shot. So tragic
    Lily & Edward

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  8. I grew up listening to Beatles music, and once attended a faux Beatles live concert and SANG MYSELF HOARSE! My older brother and younger sister even made up our own kind of mime to most of the songs on St. Peppers album. John had a huge talent, and fame did a number on him. I wonder what kind of music he'd be making now, if he was still alive. I'lll bet I would like it. Nice post, Caren!

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    1. Of course we would like it...............and thank you!

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    2. My Dad got to see a Beatles concert, yes, see it, he couldn't hear for all the screaming MOL! It's so sad he had to die that way.

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  9. TW was a huge Beatles fan. Her cousin was one of the ones who camped outside the Beatles’ hotel when they first came to the U.S. and saw them at Shea Stadium. TW still remembers hearing the news, oh boy, on Dec 8,1980 and still gets misty eyed.

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  10. I remember the day John Lennon died. My childhood died as well.
    Love the Beatles - always will.
    Love John Lennon - always will.
    Love Noodles

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    1. Me too :(
      Love your comment....I so agree xoxo

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  11. When John Lennon died I still still a small child and I don't even remember it. But growing up I got to love the Beatles songs. I always thought of John Lennon as a genius and admire him. Now that I found out he was a cat person I admire him even more :)

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    1. For being small when John died, your assessment is spot on. He was definitely a "genius"....it saddens me to think what could have been had he lived.

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  12. I was and still is a big fan of the Beatles. I prefer Paul Mac Cartney but I really like John Lennon.
    I remember the very sad day he was shot.
    Have a nice week end.
    Nat à Chat

    PS : You are not old ... I will turn 57 this month.

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  13. Weez not furmiliar wiff him, but weez always been into a different kind of music.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  14. Well Caren I was 8 when the Beatles came on the Ed Sullivan Show that Sunday evening! There were four girls in my neighborhood and we all fell for the Beatles. We each got one to be "married" to. I got John. MOL I never realized he was a cat lover.

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    1. I was 7 at the time so we are almost the same age! I LOVE that you were "married" to John!! Oh I love it!

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  15. We didn't know he was a cat guy too! That's wonderful!

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  16. John was my favourite and always will be. I was just thinking of when he toured our part of the UK and realised it was 50 years ago that I was able to go and watch him. How can it be that long ago, and how can it be 35 years since he was so cruelly taken from us. He brought such pleasure to so many lives with his music and will always be missed.

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    1. as you can surmise from my post he was my favorite too and will always be. You stated my feels so beautifully. (((hugs))))

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  17. Hmmm....Meowmy was 10...so she must be prehistoric if you are older than dirt...MOL!
    She did not have a TV until she was about 14, and sio her memories are from the radio and what she heard others talk about, Somehow she did see a rerun of that Ed Sullivan show. years later.

    What a waste and so tragic he was taken from us.

    How neat to find out that he loved kitties so much...and even more so your infatuation with him:))

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  18. We love the music of he Beatles, and of John Lennon. My Auntie Kathy was the biggest Beatles fan ever, God rest her soul.

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  19. Congrats to Ingrid! John Lennon was an amazing man.

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  20. IMAGINE must be the best song ever written. The Beatles are before my time, but I grew up listening to them since my older brothers were big fans. As a matter of fact, I was told a thousand times that when brother #2 used to put me to sleep my lullaby was HEY JUDE!

    Emma and Buster

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    1. Awwww...now THAT made me smile!!!!! "Brother #2" must be incredibly sweet. Thank you so much for sharing that special memory!

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  21. I always loved John Lennon too and was devastated when he was killed (yes, I am as old as dirt too). Imagine was actually my wedding song with my ex-husband. I did not realize he was such a cat lover until I wrote an article for Cat Fancy that featured famous cat lovers over the past 50 years. I also love his Happy Xmas (War Is Over)/Give Peace A Chance song. I cry every single time I hear it, it is just so beautiful. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang

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  22. I like his music although I didn't always agree with his philosophy on life. - I did not know he was such a cat lover, that's pretty cool.

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  23. I only have a slim recollection of John's relationship with cats, and I know I have never sen any of these photos. Thanks for repeating a post (even if abbreviated) that I had never seen. I saw the Beatles perform live at the Cow Palace in San Francisco in 1965 when I was 16. Being less than a decade younger than the Fab 4, I always figured I was not too young for John or Paul to fall in love with me. Like John, I guess you and I are Dreamers. Hugs, Janet p.s. Thanks for bursting my Jason Timberlake bubble. I checked. He was a phony! I "unfollowed" him.

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    1. You are most welcome! Actually, it wasn't abbreviated, at least I don't think so! You are so lucky to have seen the Beatles perform live, my husband did too! Ohhh they sure could have fallen in love with you!!! Yep, we are dreamers and I think we should ALWAYS dream! BTW you look MUCH younger than your age! Sorry about Justin.......I thought I would let you discover it on your own! xoxoxo

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  24. we saw the human peace sign they formed in Central Park. Cool1

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  25. Such a thoughtful post and a such a tragic waste of a peaceful human's life. All we are saying is give paws a chance.

    Penny's human,

    Gary

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  26. John Lennon is a worthwhile crush to have Caren! Our Mama loves the song, Imagine , as we are certain millions do :) So ironic and profoundly sad that John Lennon's death was tragic and hateful ! Really cool that he loved cats. But of course ;p

    the critters in the cottage xo

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