Monday, April 16, 2012

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Niagara Falls, June 4, 1969

Can't believe that John Lennon would have been 70 this October, had he not been shot down in front of the Dakota Hotel in NYC. Seventy! Bet he would have redefined 'old age' for the world.

(photo courtesy of spaceameoba)
In 1969, directly after their Bed-Iin for Peace, John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited Niagara Falls, and , said Yoko, "It was an incredibly sweet moment for us". In the stills from the movie they made of their visit here, the couple look relaxed and happy. They had just recently been married in Gibralter on March 20, had held a bed-in in Amsterdam and then headed for the US. Because of an earlier canabis conviction, Lennon was refused entry to the States so the couple instead decided to stage their bed-in for Peace at the Royal York in Toronto. When the publicity didn't seem to be materializing, they moved their bed-in to Montreal, to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. They came back to Toronto, visited The Falls, hang out for a few days in TO, and then headed home to London.
Surprisingly, during their visit to Niagara, few fans recognized them and there were no crowds of adoring fans following them. It was just a quiet and romantic visit to Niagara, on a crystal clear day in June, and Niagara performed by producing a perfect rainbow over the Falls.
Here's to you, John and Yoko - we still aren't giving Peace a chance, but you took to your bed for a good cause!

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