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A shout-out to John Lennon: Hey, it's your birthday!

October 9, 2009 |  2:20 pm

John Lennon How's this for a shock: John Lennon would've been 69 today. His influence lives on in so many ways. I'm sure I'm not the only one who, when I discover a new filmmaker or musician, wonder if he or she will have the same abiding passion, eloquence and artistic ferocity that Lennon did. Of all his great songs, none felt more personal than "In My Life," which Lennon wrote in 1965 (with a little help from Paul) for the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album. It was inspired by a British journalist, who told Lennon he should write some songs about his childhood. Lennon first wrote a long poem, which ended up being reworked into "In My Life." It's a beautiful song, with a nice, bittersweet vocal from Lennon and a piano solo from none other than Beatles producer George Martin himself. Happy birthday, John!

The band didn't make a video of the song but here's a clip with some classic images from the group's early days: 

Photo of John Lennon by the Associated Press