John Lennon – On This Day November 28th 1974

John Lennon on November 28th 1974 made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’

The Beatles founding member John Lennon made his final appearance live in concert on November 28, 1974. The surprise performance occurred during an Elton John show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lennon emerged mid-way into John’s main set at the first of two nights at MSG. The collaboration kicked off with Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” which was originally recorded with Elton John for Lennon’s 1974 solo album Walls And Bridges. Lennon’s sit-in reportedly came about following a bet in which he promised to join John on stage if “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” reached No. 1, which it did.

1964 – The Shangri-Las
The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the ‘teen death song’, ‘Leader Of The Pack’. When released in the UK the song was refused airplay by the BBC, (probably due to its death theme), where it went on to chart three times: No.11 in 1965; No.3 in 1972 (by which time the BBC ban had been lifted); and once again at No.7 in 1976.

1967 – The Beatles
The Beatles recorded their last fan club record as a group; ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again!’ The Beatles’ Christmas records were spoken and musical messages from the group that were posted out on flexi disc at Christmas time to members of their official fan-clubs in the United Kingdom and the United States.

1970 – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan’s 11th studio album New Morning was on the UK charts, his 6th UK No.1. The album featured ‘If Not For You’ which was recorded by both George Harrison (on his 1970 album All Things Must Pass), and became the title track for Olivia Newton-John’s 1971 debut album.

1976 – Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Nationwide’ and ITV’s ‘London Weekend Show’ in the UK.

1987 – David Bowie
David Bowie played the second of four sold-out nights during his Glass Spider Tour in Australia and New Zealand at the Kooyong Stadium in Melbourne.

1987 – Jennifer Warnes
Taken from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’, the Jennifer Warnes’ duet with Bill Medley ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’, went to No.1 on the US singles chart. In the UK the song had two chart outings: in November 1987, after the film’s initial release, the song peaked at No.6; and in January 1991, after the film was shown on mainstream television, the song reached No.8.

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