Working Class Hero

Any music played by my parents at home when I was younger would undoubtedly be from the 50’s and 60’s. The Everly Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Tommy Steele, Roy Orbison and more than any one else The Beatles.

Four working class kids from Liverpool who did good. Their recording career was remarkably short in time but extremely prolific. Between 1962 and 1970 in the UK they released 12 albums and 22 singles and the majority of those singles reached number 1.

Within a decade of dissolving, co-writer of the majority of The Beatles songs was shot dead at 10:50am outside the entrance of his New York City apartment.

The Dakota is right across the road from Central Park and the nearest point to the building is a memorial to John Lennon in an area renamed Strawberry Fields. The wife and I visited the area on one of our earliest trips to the city.

My works manager at the time was a massive Beatles fan. Every time he came out with me talk more often than not involved the band in some capacity. I took a photo of the memorial and sent it to his phone and it remained his screen background for years to come. I’ve never known anyone so pleased at receiving a photo of a mosaic.

Working Class Hero is taken from Lennon’s first post Beatles release John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band. The single released in 1971 has Imagine on the A side.