The Final Time John Lennon Saw The Rest Of His Bandmates
The Beatles pose for a portrait in front of an American Flag, New York City, 1964. Clockwise from top: John Lennon (1940 - 1980), George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
At the time of his death on December 8, 1980, John Lennon had reconciled with his former bandmates in the Beatles. In fact, they often caught up on his visits to New York, where he lived in his final years. The final time Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr saw John Lennon is revisited here, as we look back at the last four years of Lennon when his former bandmates went to him.
Friday, April 25, 1976. The legendary American producer and writer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to appear on an episode of Saturday Night Live. On that night, Lennon and McCartney were staying at the Dakota Building, which is located about a mile from Rockefeller Plaza. John Lennon didn’t have time to meet with Paul McCartney the next day when the former returned to his home. While they never crossed paths again, Paul McCartney and John Lennon remained close friends.
It is unclear when John Lennon and George Harrison last saw each other, although Harrison said in a 1990 interview that it was two years before Lennon was murdered. At their final meeting, Harrison found out to his amazement that John Lennon had been collecting hundreds of tapes of Indian music. At the time of the Beatles, he introduced those exotic noises to the recording studio.
It was November 15, 1980, when Ringo Starr went to see Lennon alive before the murder. Ringo and his wife Barbara Bach visited New York just weeks before the fateful day of John Lennon’s death, making him the last Beatle to visit Lennon before the ill-fated event.
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