Ps - Last Words
“And I’ve been knocking but no one answers
And I’ve been knocking most all the day
Oh and I’ve been calling oh hey hey Johnny
Can’t you come out to play?”
Last Words – John Lennon (Elton) – Bio
John Winston Lennon
Born October 9, 1940 – Died December 8, 1980
English Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Member of the Beatles
Last Words – John Lennon (Elton) – Wager
In the fall of 1974, John Lennon released his album, “Walls and Bridges.”
During the recording of “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” which features Elton John on harmony vocals and piano, Elton John bet John Lennon that it would top the charts.
Never believing that it would, John Lennon agreed – as such was John Lennon’s scepticism – to perform live with Elton John if it did.
Last Words – John Lennon (Elton) – Show
Having lost the bet to Elton John, John Lennon made a surprise guest appearance at Elton John’s Thanksgiving concert at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.
This live appearance was to fulfill his promise to join Elton John in a live show if “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” — a song whose commercial potential John Lennon had doubted — reached number one.
Elton John and John Lennon performed Lennon’s current #1 hit (“Whatever Gets You Thru the Night”).
They also performed The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, (which was Elton John’s new single with Lennon on backing vocals).
It was to be John Lennon’s last live performance.
Last Words – John Lennon (Elton) – “Empty Garden”
The song “Empty Garden” was written in the memory of John Lennon.
The “Empty Garden” referred to in the song is “Madison Square Garden,” where Lennon performed a duet with John in 1974.
The music video for the song features John sitting at a piano with a mock-up of the Dakota building’s drive-up entrance door where Lennon’s murder took place.
Last Words – John Lennon (Elton) – Video
Elton John rarely performs the song live.
Elton has said it brings back many painful memories of Lennon’s death, though he does add it to set lists from time to time, often when playing Madison Square Garden.
“Don’t worry, it’s not loaded.”
Last Words – Terry Kath
Terry Alan Kath
Born January 31, 1946 – Died January 23, 1978
American Musician, Guitarist, “Chicago” Founding Member
Last Words – Terry Kath – “Chicago”
Kath was regarded as Chicago’s bandleader and best soloist; and his vocal, jazz and hard rock influences are regarded as integral to the band’s early sound. He has been praised for his guitar skills and described by rock author Corbin Reiff as “one of the most criminally underrated guitarists to have ever set finger to fretboard”.
For the group’s second album, Kath contributed an extended guitar solo on “25 or 6 to 4”, which became a live favorite.
Last Words – Terry Kath – Death
Terry Kath was a noted gun enthusiast. Regardless of Kath’s personal issues (drug use, alcohol use, weight problems, depression, etc.), it has been concluded Kath’s death was by an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound, and not a suicide.
By 1978, Kath was regularly carrying guns around and enjoyed playing with them. Around 5 p.m. January 23, after a party at roadie and band technician Don Johnson’s home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath took an unloaded .38 revolver and put it to his head, pulling the trigger several times on the empty chambers.
Don Johnson warned Kath several times to be careful. Kath then picked up a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, “Don’t worry about it … look, the clip is not even in it.” To satisfy Johnson’s concerns, Kath showed the empty magazine to Johnson. Kath then replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger.
However, there was a round in the chamber, and Kath died instantly.
Last Words – Terry Kath – “25 or 6 to 4”
“25 or 6 to 4” is a song written by the American musician Robert Lamm, one of the other founding members of Chicago. According to Lamm, the song is about trying to write a song in the middle of the night. The song’s title is the time at which the song is set: 25 or 26 minutes before 4 AM.
Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4 Recorded Live: 7/21/1970 – Tanglewood – Lenox, MA More Chicago at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Personnel: Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead vocals Terry Kath – guitar, lead vocals Peter Cetera – bass, lead vocals James Pankow – trombone, percussion Lee Loughnane – trumpet, percussio, background vocals Walter Parazaider – woodwinds, percussion, background vocals Daniel Seraphine – drums
Because of the unique phrasing of the song’s title, “25 or 6 to 4” has been incorrectly speculated to be a veiled reference to drug quantities, or a mystical allusion.
“Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”
Last Words – Beethoven – Bio
Ludwig van Beethoven
Born December 17, 1770 – Died March 26, 1827
German Composer and Pianist
Last Words – Beethoven – Legacy
The Beethoven Monument, Bonn, was unveiled in August 1845, in honour of his 75th anniversary.
It was the first statue of a composer created in Germany, and the music festival that accompanied the unveiling was the impetus for the very hasty construction of the original Beethovenhalle in Bonn (it was designed and built within less than a month, on the urging of Franz Liszt).
A statue to Mozart had been unveiled in Salzburg, Austria in 1842. Vienna did not honour Beethoven with a statue until 1880. His is the only name inscribed on one of the plaques that trim Symphony Hall, Boston; the others were left empty because it was felt that only Beethoven’s popularity would endure.
“Pardon me Sir, I meant not to do it.”
Last Words – Marie Antoinette
Born November 2, 1755 – Died October 16, 1793
Queen of France
Last Words – Marie Antoinette – Note
Her last words were spoken to the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on before she was executed by guillotine.
“How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?”
Last Words – P T Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum
American Showman, Businessman, Entertainer.
Born July 5, 1810 – Died April 7, 1891
Last Words – P T Barnum – Note
P. T. Barnum did not enter the circus business until he was 61 years old.
Barnum once wrote to Bailey (his business partner), “I try to impress on the public that we are prepared to keep the show at the top of the heap for generations to come.”
And that he did; Barnum became even more of a household name than he already was. Not only was he a business giant and marketing expert, but he became his own character in the show. He would ride around the arena in a chariot, prior to each performance. He was there, watching, supporting, and enjoyed the marvel and wonder he had created.
“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”