18th September 2000

From The BBC News, 18th September 2000
Headline : "Top of the Pops' Lennon tribute"
The top BBC music weekly, "Top of the Pops" will dedicate a special programme to John Lennon to mark the 60th anniversary of his birth.

The programme, (oddly) to be screened on 27 September (two weeks BEFORE John's birthday of 9th October), will feature songs "Give Peace A Chance", "Power To The People" and "Instant Karma".

Yoko Ono, will be a special guest presenter on TOTP2, on BBC Two, introducing classic tracks and giving a unique insight into his life and work. She will touch on his death when she introduces the song "(Just Like) Starting Over", which went to number one after he was shot.
She says:
"What a song. We loved it, we thought it was very positive." She adds,
"Life is so strange because while he was singing Starting Over and we were rejoicing in this beautiful song there was some spirit sneaking behind us to take John away."

The days recording Lennon's classic album "Imagine" at their mansion home in Ascot are also recalled by Ono, who also explains why the song "Jealous Guy" still leaves her in tears.

His birthday will also be marked with a re-release of a song he was working on the night he was shot. "Walking on Thin Ice" will be included on a re-issued version of his final album "Double Fantasy". And His first post-Beatles solo album, "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" will also be reissued on the 9th October to further mark the event.

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