Next week marks what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday and to remember The Beatles legend his son has put together a special Radio 2 show. Sean Lennon, the son of Yoko Ono, has interviewed Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and his half-brother Julian Lennon in two-parter John Lennon at 80. Speaking with Julian, Sean asked if he remembered first realising their father was a member of The Beatles.
Julian said: “I guess [I realised] dad was a different character.
“Even back in the day at Kenwood when I was two or three and I used to go to Kindergarten.
“The gates at the lower driveway of the property – there would be fans there every morning; screaming outside the doors at that point.”
The 57-year-old even remembers walking through the gates past fans to visit the maid’s children.
John Lennon performed with Yoko Ono there as part of a supergroup he called The Dirty Mac.
His fellow bandmates included Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards.
Julian, who was 5-years-old, said: “I remember high ceilings and all I could see was a corridor and a purple light shining around a corner.
“I just remember hearing Whiter Shade of Pale and that stuck with me forever. There are flickering memories of being there.”
Julian said he also remembered seeing Brian Jones there, who gave his final performance with The Rolling Stones.
The 27-year-old drowned at home seven months later while the concert film was being edited.
Part 1 of John Lennon at 80 aired last night and is already on BBC Sounds.
While part 2 airs from 9-10pm tonight on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.