John Winston Ono Lennon Born October 9, 1940 – Died December 8, 1980 English Singer and Songwriter Co-Founded of the Beatles
“How Much I Miss Him” – Note
John Lennon and Elton John were good friends.
They performed a duet on Lennon’s 1974 hit “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”, which the pair performed live at one of John’s concerts in the same year, together with two other songs.
As part of Elton’s 1982 “Jump Up!” tour, Elton John performed “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” live at Madison Square Garden, with Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and their son Sean in the audience. Elton is also John Lennon’s son’s (Sean’s) godfather.
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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