Today marks the 29th anniversary of the day that former Beatle John Lennon was murdered outside his New York City apartment. Fans are expected to gather all day in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields to remember Lennon and his music. Hundreds of people generally sing songs and leave offerings.
Strawberry Fields was, of course, named after the famous Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and has become a Mecca for tourists and anyone wanting to pay tribute to Lennon. The 2.5 acres of park land was inaugurated on what would have been Lennon’s 45th birthday—October 8, 1985. The entrance is directly across from the Dakota, his apartment building on Central Park West.
Lennon was killed by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980, outside the building. Other tributes around the country today include one in LA at Lennon’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
And speaking of Strawberry Fields, a tribute of the same name is taking place throughout this month at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill (237 West 42nd Street) in New York City. “Strawberry Fields: A Tribute to the Beatles” occurs at various dates throughout the month. (Call 212-997-4144 for more information.) The tribute bills itself as a “look alike, sound alike” event, complete with music from the group’s first four albums, starting in 1964, and going through the “White Album,” “Abbey Road,” and “Let it Be” years. Appropriate costumes and mop-top hair included.
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