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The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs- #54: “Love”- John Lennon. “Love” from John Lennon’s solo debut “Plastic Ono Band” album released in 1970- is a song that doesn’t seem to fit on that album- it is an upbeat song whereas the theme of the album seems to be pain-brought on by John and Yoko undergoing primal scream therapy. There are only two musicians playing on this song- John on vocals and acoustic guitar and producer Phil Spector on piano. John considered releasing “Love” as a single but went with “Mother” instead. The picture above which was the single cover released in 1982 was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz on December 8, 1980- the day John Lennon was assassinated.


  1. Wow, that’s really a punch to the gut to know that photo of John was taken earlier on the day he was killed. This song made me think about how love between two people is totally unique to them, and sometimes impenetrable to others. I’m currently watching the Netflix series “The Crown”, and the love affair between John Lennon and Yoko Ono was in some respects similar to that of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Their love affairs made them almost pariahs to some, and few seemed to be able to understand their mutual attraction, let alone the depths of their love for each other.

    • I think that relationship will remain clouded in mystery. I think there was a lot of myth making on John’s part but how much? We’ll never know. Yoko will always remain one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. I look at the assassination a lot differently as a 60 year old than I did 40 years ago as a 20 year old. 40 years old -he was just a kid. I have read many comments over the years on how we were robbed of so much potentially great music over the year since- but I don’t care if John had went back into ‘retirement’ and never recorded another note- two boys never really knew their father, Yoko lost her husband- and John probably lost what would could have been the happiest years of his life. The music- he’d already given enough- the needless loss of his life is the tragedy.

  2. It certainly was a terrible tragedy in yet another period of great upheaval. It’s now shocking to look back and remember that within six months of Lennon’s murder, there were also assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

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