Saturday (October 9th) marks what would have been John Lennon's 81st birthday. By nightfall, legions of fans will have made the pilgrimage to Central Park's Strawberry Fields in New York City for a day of remembrance, sing-alongs, and celebrations dedicated to the memory of Lennon. Strawberry Fields, a triangular patch of land dedicated to Lennon by the city of New York and named after the Beatles' 1967 hit, sits directly across the street from the Dakota, Lennon's Manhattan apartment building, where he was gunned down on December 8th, 1980 at the age 40.
In a bittersweet turn of events, Saturday is also Lennon and Yoko Ono's son Sean Lennon's 46th birthday — making him six years older than his father when he was murdered.
The “Super Deluxe” version of the Beatles' Let It Be will be released on October 15th. The set features six discs — a remastered version of the album, outtakes, a Blu-ray mix of Let It Be, 27 previously unreleased session recordings, a four-track Let It Be EP, and the never before released 14-track Get Back stereo LP mix compiled by engineer Glyn Johns in May 1969.