Today In Pop Music: September 4 – John Lennon On Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

Among today’s birthdays: “Bubba” Knight (Gladys Knight and the Pips) is 70, Commodores bass guitarist Ronald LaPread is 62, and The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers is 60.

September 4, 1954 – Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance on The Grand Ole Opry.

September 4, 1962 – The Beatles first recording session with Ringo on drums takes place at EMI’s studios on Abbey Road, recording two songs – How Do You Do It (later a hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers), and Love Me Do.

September 4, 1965 – The Who had their van with almost $10,000 worth of equipment inside stolen outside the Battersea Dogs Home.  Group members were inside buying a guard dog.

September 4, 1976 – Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the Billboard album chart with their self titles album after being on the chart for over a year.  It was the first of three #1 albums for the group, and eventually sold over 5 million copies.

September 4, 1972 -John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day telethon

It’s a bit hard to believe these two “J.L.’s” shared the same stage 40 years ago, but though only a 35 second video clip could be found, most of the performance was preserved on audio.

Here are both as proof it really happened.


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