“Hey Hey Johnny”

And I’ve been knocking but no one answers
And I’ve been knocking most all the day
Oh and I’ve been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can’t you come out to play?


Johnny, can’t you come out to play in your empty garden
Johnny, can’t you come out to play in your empty garden
Johnny, can’t you come out to play in your empty garden

“Hey Hey Johnny” (Elton) – Bio

John Winston Lennon
Born October 9, 1940 – Died December 8, 1980
English Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Member of the Beatles

“Hey Hey Johnny” (Elton) – Wager

In the fall of 1974, John Lennon released his album, “Walls and Bridges.”

During the recording of “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” which features Elton John on harmony vocals and piano, Elton John bet John Lennon that it would top the charts.

Never believing that it would, John Lennon agreed – as such was John Lennon’s scepticism – to perform live with Elton John if it did.

Both the album and the single reached #1 during the week of November 16, 1974.

“Hey Hey Johnny” (Elton) – Show

Having lost the bet to Elton John, John Lennon made a surprise guest appearance at Elton John’s Thanksgiving concert at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.

This live appearance was to fulfill his promise to join Elton John in a live show if “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” — a song whose commercial potential John Lennon had doubted — reached number one.

Elton John and John Lennon performed Lennon’s current #1 hit (“Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”).

They also performed The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, (which was Elton John’s new single with Lennon on backing vocals).

It was to be John Lennon’s last live performance.

“Hey Hey Johnny” (Elton) – “Empty Garden”


The song “Empty Garden” was written in the memory of John Lennon.

The “Empty Garden” referred to in the song is “Madison Square Garden,” where Lennon performed a duet with John in 1974.


The music video for the song features John sitting at a piano with a mock-up of the Dakota building’s drive-up entrance door where Lennon’s murder took place.

“Hey Hey Johnny” (Elton) – Video

Elton John rarely performs the song live.

Elton has said it brings back many painful memories of Lennon’s death, though he does add it to set lists from time to time, often when playing Madison Square Garden.

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