Today would have been the 70th birthday of music legend John Lennon.
To celebrate, eight remastered John Lennon studio albums and several new collections were released on October 5 and Yoko Ono and EMI Music have partnered with YouTube for exciting global tributes honoring the music legend.
YouTube will honor John Lennon with a homepage spotlight starting at 9pm PT on Friday, October 8th and staying active for 24 hours. The spotlight will include a personal video from Yoko Ono, asking people around the world to submit videotaped tributes to John Lennon at www.youtube.com/johnlennon. Video testimonials from many of Lennon's famous friends and fans, including Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Aerosmith, the Jonas Brothers, Jeff Bridges, Tony Hawk, Bret Michaels, DMC (Run-DMC), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), Bill Walton, and others, will also be included in YouTube's homepage spotlight.
Also, Google has created its first-ever video doodle, which presents sketched animation featuring John Lennon's self-portrait set to an audio clip of Lennon's iconic song, "Imagine." It was created by Google doodler, Mike Dutton, with Yoko Ono's approval. The Google doodle will be live on Google homepages all over the world starting noon on Friday, October 8th and all day Saturday, October 9th until midnight.
The critically acclaimed film, Nowhere Boy, which tells the story of Lennon's younger years before the Beatles, is now in theaters. The movie stars Aaron Johnson and Kristen Scott Thomas and tells the story of his relationship with his Aunt and mother, as well as the formation of the Quarrymen.
Check out a few clips from the movie below as well as the Jonas Brothers' birthday message.
Happy Birthday John Lennon! What is your favorite Lennon or Beatles song?
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