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JOHN LENNON’S INFAMOUS ‘LOST WEEKEND’ REVISITED

Friday, April 04, 2014

By the summer of 1973, John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s marriage was on the rocks. As an unusual remedy, Ono suggested that Lennon embark on an affair with their assistant, May Pang. That decision led to Lennon’s “Lost Weekend,” the 18 months that the ex-Beatle lived with Pang in her New York apartment and a rented home in Los Angeles.

Musically, it was a productive time. Lennon completed three albums – ‘Mind Games,’ ‘Walls and Bridges’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ – and produced LPs for Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson. And he also took part in an impromptu jam session that would be the last time he would record with Paul McCartney. But it was a period marked by Lennon’s outrageous behavior while drunk or stoned. Two weeks before the historic jam session, a drunken Lennon was tossed out of the Troubadour. Lennon referred to the time apart from Ono as ‘The Lost Weekend,’ named after a 1945 film that starred Ray Milland as an alcoholic writer. Ahead, some of the highlights – and low points – of John Lennon’s “Lost Weekend.”  Summer 1973: Lennon and Ono Split Up Lennon’s 1972 LP ‘Some Time in New York City,’ was a critical and commercial flop. Produced with Ono, the album was a disappointment after the success of 1971’s ‘Imagine.’

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Source: Ultimate Classic Rock






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