Late The Beatles icon John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono sent a check for £1000 to the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders workers in Glasgow, Scotland in 1971. A worker eerily said according to a report, “But, Lenin’s deid!” Lennon sent roses, the check, and a card in support of a rally for the workers, as they were upset with their working conditions at the time. They decided to work rather than going on strike, as there had been a 25% reduction in their force in the last year. Howard Stern revealed why Lennon ‘had’ to be killed recently.
Lennon found out about their cause when reading the shortlived The Red Mole. Lennon’s card said, ‘To The Workers U.C.S., Good Luck! From John + Yoko’ and another that proclaimed ‘Power to the People, With love from John and Yoko.’ Decades later, Yoko revealed the donation and congratulated someone involved in the cause on their 75th birthday in an email sent to the playwright of a play about the walk-in ‘Jimmy Reid: From Glasgow To Gettysburg.’ Glasgow Live wrote about the donation.
Lennon’s Twitter page recently published a quote about the first time he ever saw a guitar, “I grew up with blues music, country and western music which is also a big thing in Liverpool. One of the first visions I had was one of a fully dressed cowboy in the middle of Liverpool with his Hawaiian guitar – the first time I ever saw a guitar in my life.”
Ringo Starr recently made a sad remark about shootings in light of John Lennon’s death. Lennon also said, “Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic musician. But I cannot be what I am not.”