John Lennon’s 70th Birthday – An Idol Tribute

If John Lennon were alive, he would have turned 70 today.   The ex-Beatle was with his wife, Yoko Ono when he was gunned down in front of his residence, The Dakota, in New York City on December 8, 1980.   John was barely 40 when he passed.

John Lennon Quotes Page 2
John Lennon Quotes Page 2

In honor of John’s birthday, I present to you a collection of Lennon songs performed by American Idols.

Beatles songs were few and far between on Idol until Season 7, when the Beatles were featured two weeks in a row–Top 12 and Top 11 weeks.  Season 9 featured the songs of Lennon and McCartney at Top 9.  That’s why most of the performances I picked are from the last 3 season. I’ve included a few post-performances and one performance that is not Idol-related.

What were your favorite John Lennon performances on Idol?

Videos after the JUMP…

The most memorable performance of a John Lennon song on the Idol stage is surely David Archuleta’s beautiful performance of “Imagine”.  Yoko Ono contacted the Idol producers to tell them she loved David’s rendition of her husband’s iconic song.

I’ve got two versions here. David’s very first performance, for Season 7 Top 20 week and 2 years later at the Season 9 Beatles’ week results show.  A more mature David sat at the piano to perform.

David Archuleta – Imagine – Season 7 Top 20

David Archuleta – Imagine – Season 9 Top 9 results

Jennifer Hudson belted out Imagine during Season 3’s semi-final round.

Jennifer Hudson – Imagine – Season 3 – Group 1 Top 32

How could I forget Blake Lewis’ “Imagine?” He sang it for Idol Gives Back week.

Blake Lewis – Imagine – Season 6 – Top 6 (Idol Gives Back)

Ruben Studdard also sang “Imagine” at the Season 2 finale. The song has been sung on Idol, quite a bit.

Ruben Studdard – Imagine – Season 2 – Finale

WATCH IT HERE.

Chris Daughtry sang “Imagine” on John’s birthday in 2007

Daughtry – Imagine – North Charleston, SC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukd9F8rS7BY

Casey James’ tender rendition of “Jealous Guy”, from John Lennon’s Imagine album for Season 9’s Beatles week was easily his best performance of the season.

Casey James – Jealous Guy – Season 9 Top 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p_5kRKageQ

“Across the Universe” was my favorite Idol performance from Season 7’s Michael Johns.  It was criminally underrated by the judges, if you ask me.

Michael Johns – Across the Universe – Season 7 T0p 12

Siobhan Magnus also performed a dramatic rendition  for Season 9’s Beatles Week.

Siobhan Magnus – “Across The Universe”  Season 9 Top 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTl28R7fDTk

“Come Together was performed 3 times on Idol–by Carly Smithson, Kris Allen and Crystal Bowersox and her didgeridoo. Carly wowed the judges with her version. Kris sang his version for Top 4 Season 8 rock week, but he’s also performing it as the encore for his solo tour set.

Carly Smithson – Come Together – Season 7 Top 12

Kris Allen and band – Come Together- Bentonville, AR – Summer Daze – 5/10/10

Crystal Bowersox – Come Together – Season 9 Top 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsy1iff7PpY

Here’s something you may not know–Bo Bice toured as a member of Todd Rundgren’s Sgt Pepper tribute band a few years ago, with Todd, Christopher Cross, Denny Laine and Lou Gramm. Here’s the band singing “Strawberry Fields”

Bo Bice with Todd Rundgren – Strawberry Fields

Kristy Lee Cook sang a dramatic version of “Hide Your Love Away” for Season 7 Beatles Week Part 2. After butchering “Eight Days a Week” the week before, it was definitely an improvement.

Kristy Lee Cook – Hide Your Love Away – Season 7 Top 11

Amanda Overmyer picked a somewhat obscure Beatles song, “You Can’t Do That” from The Beatles Second Album,   for Season 7 Beatles week Top 12. Her gender-bending rendition was one of my favs of the night.  “You Can’t Do That” is an example of how John expressed his jealous ways, even in the early tunes.

Amanda Overmyer – You Can’t Do That – Season 7 Top 12

MORE:

Forgot about this until a tweet reminded me: David Cook Sang “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” at the 2008 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

David Cook – “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”

This is a little added bonus… Chris Colfer sang a tender, slowed up version of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” on this week’s Glee. I’m going to throw it in as a bonus!

Chris Colfer – I Wanna Hold Your Hand

And finally. John Lennon performs “Imagine” at Madison Square Garden in 1972. Happy Birthday John.

John Lennon – Imagine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q0Eyw3l3XM&feature=related

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62 Comments

  1. Still one of my favorite musicians ever. Happy Birthday and RIP, John!

  2. My favorites

    Eleanor Rigby – David Cook
    Imagine – David Archuleta
    Let It Be – Brooke White
    Across the Universe – Michael Johns
    Across the Universe – Siobhan Magnus

    and of course the original is still the best

    Imagine – John Lennon

  3. What were your favorite John Lennon performances on Idol?

    Casey – Jealous Guy

    Honorable mention goes to…lol
    Imagine – D. Archuleta, Top 20, S7

    *and off to watch Bo – Strawberry Fields*

    BTW – Great idea for a post MJ. I love John Lennon. “Imagine” must be one of the best songs ever written. Long live his soul!

  4. I love Casey’s “Jealous Guy,” the studio version is awesome and is my favorite Idol-ized Lennon song performance. Gets lots of plays on the old iPod ;)

  5. My favorite John Lennon song is Imagine. David Archuleta did an amazing cover of the song! I watched his performances a countless times and never get tired watching them.

  6. Thanks MJ for the post and all the selections. David A’s Imagine still brings chills and the followup Seasong 9 performance was a blessing.
    Liked many of the other selections ie; Casey’s Jealous Guy, Carly’s Come Together etc. Amanda’s performance and sound reminded me of Allison. Always liked her individuality! Nice trip down memory lane.

  7. Check out Google’s home page if you haven’t already. Since yesterday, they’ve been having a Lennon tribute. If you click on the Google logo, it becomes animated and plays “Imagine”.

  8. I loved: Across the Universe – Michael Johns, Come Together – Kris Allen, Casey – Jealous Guy, and Kris Allen – Let It Be.

    Imagine – the best for me will always be John Lennon – his soul is in the music and lyrics.

  9. RIP and happy birthday, John. I remember the night he was assassinated as if it were yesterday. Such a tragedy and loss of a major talent and influence on our culture.

    I’m not going to play the pick and choose an Idol game. I loved them all, even the less than stellar renditions.

    ITUnes is offering (Just Like) Starting Over for free. I got It, but then bought Power To The People remastered hits. That’s part of my Beatles collection that I hadn’t replaced yet.

  10. Oh, thanks for the video of Bo with Todd Rundgren and company. I forgot he did that tour. I had never seen any of the videos.

  11. Such a tragic loss. I still remember where I was and who I was with when I found out he’d died.

    Favorites-

    Kris Allen- Let It Be and Come Together (Liked it on Idol, and all of the versions since then. One of the Idol judges boneheaded critiques for sure.)

    Casey James- Jealous Guy

    David Cook- Eleanor Rigby

    Kris’ Let It Be on Idol:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRA3DIUDsD0

  12. Thanks for the post about Lennon, MJ. I enjoyed all of these. For something a little different, I also loved Chickeze’s “She’s a Woman”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXLTkqjATyI&feature=related

    I missed the week Casey sang “Jealous Guy”. He was awesome. I wish I had listened to Casey’s performance right after it occurred. I would have purchased the song on itunes.

  13. great post, mj. there will never be anybody like Lennon or the Beatles ever again. my fave idol performances without a doubt:
    *David’s Imagine and Casey’s Jealous Guy* the others were good but those two were in a class by themselves.

  14. Thanks so much for the Lennon tribute. He was an amazing artist, and it’s sad that his life was cut short, so violently, so tragically.

    My fave AI Beatles/Lennon versions are Cook’s “Eleanor Rigby;” Casey’s “Jealous Guy,” and Carly’s “Come Together.”

    I’m about to speak my very controversial opinion, which is I kind of hate Archie’s “Imagine.” Which I lie, I full-on hate it. “Imagine” is one of my favourite songs of all time, and it’s message is one that resonates with me deeply, and always has. I blame my hippie parents. It’s the one song that can alway make me cry, because it encapsulates my hopes and my idealism about this world. Some of the words and message of the song are inimical to who Archie is regarding all the things regarding religion, so his singing it is just a bunch of notes to me. Which with that song, that just doesn’t work for me. Plus I like the plaintive quality of Lennon’s version, and it’s tone. It’s not as vocally pure as Archie’s, but I think it’s more emotionally meaningful.

    So I’ve finally come clean on my deep, dark, massively unpopular, AI secret. But hey, that’s just me. I know others love it, and cool. Mileage varying and all that.

  15. His outstanding talents aside, I’ll always wonder who was the real John Lennon: the clean-cut, fun-loving young version when he sang as part of the Beatles or the older, more serious Hippie version after his marriage to Yoko. He was like two entirely different people. Even his music was different, as was his public personality.

  16. Taylor Hicks sang “Something” in season 5 and it was one of my favorite performances of his. Simon even really liked it as his comment was, despite your balminess, Taylor you are a really, really good singer. I have it downloaded and play it often.

  17. Of those listed here, I would have to say my two favorites are Casey James’ Jealous Guy and Chris Colfers’ I Wanna Hold Your Hand. Both are so very emotional and that is a big draw for me with music. With Casey and Chris, I don’t just hear the song, I feel it. And I would have to add Kris Allen’s Let It Be even though it’s not listed.

    Now for intensity of performance, my vote goes to David Cook’s Eleanor Rigby and Carly Smithson’s Come Together. Loved both of those hard-hitting performances.

    Truthiness, thanks for coming clean. You’ve paved the way for my confession ;) I’m not crazy about David A’s Imagine (although I don’t full-on hate it). For all the reasons that I love Casey and Chris’ renditions of their respective performances, I don’t like Archie’s. He has a beautiful voice but the song (to me) just sounds practiced and not from the soul. Sorry Archie fans. I know that YMMV for sure. I still like Archie, just not a fan of his rendition of Imagine.

  18. Thanks so much for this post MJ! While I do like Archie’s version of Imagine I think my favorite performance of a Lennon song is Casey’s Jealous Guy. Its one of my favorite Lennon tunes and I thought Casey really evoked the emotion of it. Plus I was so thrilled that he chose a lesser known song to perform. I remember being so disappointed that night that a lot of the season 9 folks chose songs that had just been done in season 7.

    I also like MJ’s Across the Universe and Amanda’s You Can’t Do That. Again I loved that she chose a lesser known song to do.

    His outstanding talents aside, I’ll always wonder who was the real John Lennon: the clean-cut, fun-loving young version when he sang as part of the Beatles or the older, more serious Hippie version after his marriage to Yoko. He was like two entirely different people. Even his music was different, as was his public personality.

    Well he did do a lot of drugs so its natural he’d seem like two different people. And its funny “fun-loving” is not the word that comes to mind when I think of Lennon. I mean he was definitely funny and snarky but he had some serious demons.

  19. If you read the various biographies of Lennon and the Beatles, it’s pretty clear he was never really a clean-cut young man — that was just the image the Beatles’ manager forced on him (and the rest of the Beatles)

  20. My favorites, David Archuleta’s Imagine and Amanda Overmyer’s You Can’t Do That. Those two singers, different as day and night, but those were my favs.

  21. awwwwwww Mj thanks for the flash back. I kinda dig this, especially the older season stuff. ;)

  22. Let It Be even though it’s not listed.

    “Let it Be”, Although a Beatles song, is 100% Paul McCartney. Same reason why I didn’t post “Eleanor Rigby”.

    John and Paul started out writing together, but eventually wrote solo, with the other maybe helping the other out when they got stuck on something.

  23. David Archuleta’s Imagine. I never get tired of hearing him sing that song. He really deserved all the praise he got from singing it. Even Yoko Ono loved it which says a lot.

  24. “Let it Be”, Although a Beatles song, is 100% Paul McCartney. Same reason why I didn’t post “Eleanor Rigby”.

    John and Paul started out writing together, but eventually wrote solo, with the other lending a hand if help was needed.

    MJ, glad you pointed this out. I did at first glance think ‘why this and not that’ but immediately said to myself, ‘That’s a Paul McCartney or George Harrison song … does not fit!’

  25. Very bittersweet day for me. Huge Beatles fan from way back when. I think it will be worse on Dec 8,…30th anniversary from his death.

    Hope you don’t mind me posting this…Steven Tyler and Aerosmith singing “Come Together”….from the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klvWtrtIRyI

  26. Nice post, MJ. I’m kind of struck by how few Lennon songs have been done – not many performances, lots of repeats of the same few songs.

    Taylor Hicks sang “Something” in season 5 and it was one of my favorite performances of his……

    That’s Harrison, not Lennon, but I agree, a good performance.

  27. Nice post, MJ. I’m kind of struck by how few Lennon songs have been done – not many performances, lots of repeats of the same few songs.

    Looking at the song choices made for the 3 Beatles weeks–the kids tended to choose McCartney over Lennon. Probably because Paul’s songs are wonderfully melodic and more accessible than Lennon’s

  28. I loved: Across the Universe – Michael Johns, Come Together – Kris Allen, Casey – Jealous Guy,

    Lifeisgood I agree with all of these.

    I also remember vividly where I was when I found out Lennon had been shot . Easy for me to remember the date as its my Mum’s & good friend’s birthday . Funny as Michael Jackson died on my birthday as well !!

  29. David Archuleta’s version of Imagine is absolutely beautiful. I love both of the performances listed, but the airy vocal tone to David’s more recent performance is quite unique and gorgeous.

    Casey James.. I never heard that performance before and I absolutely love it. I really enjoyed that tender vibe from Casey.

    Imagine is the perfect song. Thank you John for that timeless gift.

  30. I also remember vividly where I was when I found out Lennon had been shot .

    It was 11 pm. My sister called me at my parent’s home from college. Since I hadn’t been watching TV or listening to the radio, I didn’t know. It was horrible when she told me. A real punch in the gut.

  31. mj:
    10/09/2010 at 6:45 pm

    I also remember vividly where I was when I found out Lennon had been shot .

    It was 11 pm. My sister called me at my parent’s home from college. Since I hadn’t been watching TV or listening to the radio, I didn’t know. It was horrible when she told me. A real punch in the gut.

    I had the same reaction mj. I was with a bunch of female teachers at the time [ it was in the afternoon here] & we all gasped together.

  32. The Phillies were playing Houston in the World Series and my husband was snoozing through it. They broke into to game to say a report came in that John Lennon was dead and they’d have details later on the news. I woke hubby up and he was FURIOUS and accused me of making up this sick story so I could change the channel.

    He didn’t speak to me for days. It was as if I had been the one who had killed John Lennon. I also made the Phillies lose.

  33. Great post MJ! I loved all the performances on your list. My favorite is still Archie’s “Imagine”, I cried the first time I heard him sing it and I still to this day get misty listening to his performance of “Imagine”. The quality and tone is Archie’s vocals is gut-wrenching. His second more mature performance of “Imagine” was also superb.

    I also LOVE Casey James rendition of “Jealous Guy”. It was definitely his best performance from season 9.

    I forgot about Jhud’s “Imagine”, it was pretty good too. Kris and Crystal’s “Come Together” were both spectacular. Siobhan’s “Across the Universe” was beautiful.

  34. We were watching Monday night football when Howard Cosell announced that John Lennon had been shot and killed…

    I also recall that the other two announcers in the booth with Cosell didn’t seem to think Lennon’s death was that big a deal, but Howard Cosell came back on a few minutes later to say how tragic it was and he realized that it was a big deal….

    John was my favorite Beatle.

    Thanks, MJ, for the post

  35. We were watching Monday night football when Howard Cosell announced that John Lennon had been shot and killed…

    I was too young to remember it but I have a friend that told me he remembers watching Monday Night Football when they broke in with the announcement. He said he ran and told his grandmother who promptly said a few choice curse words.

    I discovered the Beatles when I was a pre-teen. I’d heard a few songs before but one time at a music store I bought the red and blue “greatest hits” cds. I remember being so shocked that Come Together and With a Little Help From My Friends were Beatles songs! I only knew Aerosmith’s version of CT and I knew WLHFMF as being the theme song to the Wonder Years. Then in college I actually took a course on the Beatles. It was extremely interesting. We learned about their recording innovations and some of the different instruments they used, as well as their personal histories.

  36. I think Archie’s Imagine is my favorite hands down. Then Casey’s Jealous guy. I think the idols have turned in some very good Beatle’s performances. I will always remember these two. I posted John’s Jealous Guy on my Facebook last night. It was great to revisit his rendition.

  37. Wow. Great idea for a post.

    I think of all the performances listed, I’d go with “Jealous Guy” and Carly’s “Come Together”. It think for both of them, it was the first (and for Casey, only) time I really saw them lose themselves in a song.

  38. I think Lennon and McCartney had a contractual agreement that all songs they wrote during their years as Beatles would be credited to both as a team.

    I was brushing my hair in my dorm listening to the 8:00 am news on the radio–CJFM in Montreal–Couldn’t believe it.

    David Archuleta’s Imagine at Top 20 was absolutely incredible. Although the vocal performance when he came back in Season 9 was better and other performances, esp Casey on Jealous Guy, were great, David’s first performance was just magical because of the circumstances. Imagine through the eyes of this innocent boy was just so hopeful and positive. It wasn’t just a song, and it wasn’t just a singer. It was like we all had an experience. I was blown away.

  39. Great idea, MJ, maybe you can dream up more reasons to have these theme posts since we’ve lost our Idol theme weeks (boo). I’d love to see the best of the big band classics, those were always my favorite weeks.

    Didn’t like Archie’s Imagine at the time, and still don’t like it. I’m just not a fan of taking too many liberties with the melody & putting in unnecessary runs, but I know lots of people love it, so eh, to each their own. I really like Casey’s Jealous Guy, and both Carly & Kris’ Come Together (and lol that it was his encore song on the summer tour). Absolutely love Kris’ Let It Be, and loved Cook’s Eleanor Rigby, altho as mentioned above those aren’t Lennon tunes.

  40. Thanks MJ for adding Cook’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over). Totally forgot that one but it’s great.

  41. Ooh, thanks for adding “Happy Christmas”! I can’t believe I forgot that one!

    “Let it Be”, Although a Beatles song, is 100% Paul McCartney. Same reason why I didn’t post “Eleanor Rigby”.

    Oops. ;)

  42. Have to agree with Truthiness – Imagine sung by Lennon is an entirely different song. Plaintive is a good description. I remember the day – I can’t think of any contemporary celebrity whose death would hit quite the same way. Lennon was iconic, although he was less in the public eye at the time. NPR had a good piece today on taped interviews done with Lennon 30 years ago. He was looking forward to 40 more years of music and accomplishment. We all lost so much that day. What would he have been doing? And what would he have thought of the Idol covers of his songs?

  43. Ooh, thanks for the Happy Christmas one, that was lovely, I had forgotten about that, too. 2008 – time flies. Wow!

  44. Thanks for remembering John today.
    I was driving home from work and put on the radio- yay, a John song was playing! Then another one, and another- cool , a John Lennon 3-fer.
    When the fourth John song started playing, with no break and no DJ talk, I knew something was not right. I turned the channel and it seemed like all the channels were playing John/Beatles.
    I don’t know how I made it home in one piece – sobbing uncontrollably while driving on the highway.

  45. Thanks mj. You put up a nice piece.
    I didn’t know much about Beatles/John Lennon when I was younger. But my older sisters played their music all the time in my house and my ears got used to their songs. When I listened to David A’s version on Idol, I thought he got strong pipes for his age, which I didn’t notice earlier. But as much as his rendition received praises, people, especially older folks who had lived John Lennon’s era criticized his version. They couldn’t accept the change-up of the original. Anyway, I did some research on Lennon after the hoopla, and found that he was not as perfect or legendary as people might think. He had own complicated issues and as a husband, he was not faithful. I am not minimizing his influence as the iconic musician, but his image is not always rainbows and unicorns.

  46. I loved Michael Johns’ Across the Universe performance on Idol — one of my favorites from him.

    I hadn’t heard Casey James’ Jealous Guy but I just did and that was great! I’ll have to check out his album when it becomes available.

    Imagine, however, was one of my favorite songs long before anyone sang it on Idol. I missed all Idol performances before Blake Lewis sang it, and his version made me want to listen to the original — just didn’t quite cut it for me. (Although it didn’t turn me off to Blake at the time — just didn’t like that performance.)

    David’s, however? That was the week he went from ‘hey, that guy is interesting’ to ‘wow, I am a FAN,’ Yes, his and John’s approaches are different. I find that I can enjoy both without feeling that either is ‘sullied’ — to me, that’s part of why the song is so amazing.

    Thanks for posting this, MJ. This was a fun read and it was even more fun to go back and see performances that I’d missed or forgotten.

  47. but his image is not always rainbows and unicorns.I

    Lol john’s image was about as far away from unicorns and rainbows as you could get. Yet he never tried to hide his flaws- in fact he bared himself to the world in his songs – flaws and all- which is a large part of his iconicness!

  48. Caden:
    10/09/2010 at 2:29 pm

    another Lennon song is by Clay Aiken. “In My Life”

    Caden, I believe you bookmarked the wrong video.Here is the video of the portion of Clay’s PBS Special where he sang “In My Life”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P277MdNJBPY

    I think it’s hauntingly beautiful.
    BTW, according to Wikipedia, “In My Life” is a song by The Beatles written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song originated with Lennon, and while McCartney contributed to the final version, the extent of his contribution is in dispute.
    So this would qualify as a Lennon song.

    Clay also sang the first Beatles song on Idol – “Here There and Everywhere” in Season 2, but that’s a McCartney song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTCJGO9uDxk
    The falsetto is nice, and the drop to the lower register even better, but the lighting and camera work is absolutely horrendous.

  49. jonnyk:
    Anyway, I did some research on Lennon after the hoopla, and found that he was not as perfect or legendary as people might think.

    Jonnyk, I don’t know how you got the impression that people think he was perfect … or he had a rainbows and unicorns image in the public eye. He IS legendary, though.

  50. Just watched John Lennon in MSG. He was great. And it’s kind of funny that Yoko was participating in the no-bra fad. Ha.

  51. Thanks MJ for this wonderful thread. Loved David Cook’s rendition of my favorite Christmas song. and for me Lennon’s own “Imagine” is the only one. I remember the day he died like it were yesterday; it hit me & my friends like Michael Jackson’s death hit many other folks.
    Thanks again.

  52. Thank you for this beautiful tribute. I so much wish John was still alive today. What might he have accomplished in the last 30 years?

    to whoever said he’s not perfect – of course he wasn’t – nobody is. But he is legendary, or else people wouldn’t still be thinking of him 30 years after his death. I think what made John memorable were his human frailities and his willingness to be vulnerable. From the start he showed vulnerability in his raw, painfilled, wavering-at-times voice. Do not ever think that those of us who have adored him for decades think that he was a saint. But there have been some books written, at least one, that were unnecessarily mean-spirited. Most show John with all his flaws and his strengths.

    I can see how the hype about him could turn off people who don’t get him, that’s understandable. Looking back now maybe he seems a bit preachy at times, but the Viet Nam war went on for years and men were dying by the thousands, drafted into a war they didn’t believe in. If young American men were being killed in those numbers today, believe me, people would be out in the streets demonstrating like they were then. Now, instead of drafting, they force soldiers to return for extra tours of duty, often beyond their mental endurance. John’s heart was true and he was the first to criticize himself. He had issues, like anyone else. He had deep hurt when he was young and he was jealous, cruel, and violent sometimes, but he got therapy and wrote songs like Jealous Guy and he changed. We all have issues to work through.

  53. He had own complicated issues and as a husband, he was not faithful. I am not minimizing his influence as the iconic musician, but his image is not always rainbows and unicorns.

    Some people see Lennon’s image as rainbows and unicorns? Heavens! I thought he was all about iconoclasm, rebellion, drugs, dark feelings and tortured souls! Maybe these folks got him mixed up with Paul and Ringo — They were more the rainbow and unicorn boys.

    Four guys with enormous talents and a wide range of very smart and imaginative points of view. Still darned hard to beat the Beatles, for my (old!) money!

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