The home of Johnny Jones is quiet and plain from the outside. The only movement on this spring day comes from leaves skittering on the long and winding road that leads to the Tudor-style house.
But inside, the house is vibrating. On this day, as with most, it’s from a track by the iconic British band The Beatles. Jones is an extreme Beatles fan. He’s not alone, but few have gone to the length Jones has. Using paint, furnishings, murals and memorabilia, Jones has turned his Lakewood home into a temple devoted to The Beatles, classic rock and pop culture. Jones became a fan of The Beatles at the age of 3 when he heard “A Hard Day’s Night.” Now 51, he’s still just as obsessed. He’s been to the birthplace of the Beatles — Liverpool, England — three times. “Some people go to Jerusalem, I go there,” Jones says. He doesn’t dress like the Beatles, he is quick to point out. But he’d be forgiven if he did. Jones plays keyboard and guitar in a Beatles tribute band, Apple Jam. The name is a nod to The Beatles’ recording label. Apple Jam performs songs that were composed but never released by The Beatles. They’ve put out two albums over eight years and headlined a Beatles festival in 2009.
Source: The News Tribune, Tacoma