John Lennon’s time in New York, a substantial portion of his life post-Beatles, includes many of his important moments in his biography – for both his professional life and his relationship with Yoko Ono and journey into fatherhood. Below is a series of milestones covered in LENNONYC (premiering November 22) that formed John’s life as a solo artist and father:
November 9, 1966 – John and Yoko meet for the first time at the Indica Gallery in Mason’s Yard, Duke Street, London S.W.1 for a preview of Yoko’s upcoming exhibition entitled Unfinished Paintings and Objects.
March 20, 1969 – John and Yoko are married in Gibraltar. For their honeymoon the couple stage Bed Ins in Amsterdam and in Montreal, where “Give Peace a Chance” is recorded on May 31, 1969.
August 1971 – John and Yoko get an apartment on Bank Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
December 11, 1971 – John and Yoko perform at the Ten for Two Concert, a benefit rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan to get John Sinclair out of jail.
March 6, 1972 – John and Yoko are served with deportation orders. The couple’s four year battle against deportation begins.
June 12, 1972 – Some Time in New York City is released in the United States.
August 30, 1972 – John, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band host the One to One concert at Madison Square Garden, a benefit concert for the children of Willowbrook State School.
November 1973 – John and Yoko separate. John goes to Los Angeles, California.
November 2, 1973 – Mind Games is released in the United States.
September 26, 1974 – Walls and Bridges is released in the United States.
November 28, 1974 – After losing a bet that “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” would never go to number one (it did), John Lennon accompanied his good friend Elton John onstage at Madison Square Garden. John and Yoko claim this concert to be the catalyst for their reconciliation.
January, 1975 – John officially returns to the Dakota and is re-united with Yoko.
February 17, 1975 – The Rock ‘n’ Roll album is released in the United States.
October 7, 1975 – The New York State Supreme Court votes to reverse John’s deportation order. John wins his battle to stay in the country.
October 9, 1975 – On John’s 35th birthday, Yoko gives birth to Sean Taro Ono Lennon. John begins his ‘househusband years’.
August 4, 1980 – John and Yoko enter the recording studio, New York’s Hit Factory, for the first time in six years to begin work on a new album.
November 17, 1980 – Double Fantasy is released in the United States.
December 8, 1980 – John Winston Ono Lennon is murdered outside of his home in New York City.