John Lennon – Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975)

History: The Beatles often “borrowed” heavily from their influences when recording songs, and in a couple instances these resulted in lawsuits. “Come Together” was very similar to Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me” even using some of the same lyrics. Berry’s music publisher Morris Levy sued John for it, and a settlement was reached out […]

Ringo Starr – Goodnight Vienna (1974)

History: Ringo recorded this album in Los Angeles in 1974, not long after John had recorded Walls and Bridges, and also using a lot of the same musicians. John contributed a song (two if you include its reprise) as did Harry Nilsson and Elton John. Ringo also worked with Vini Poncia again on a couple […]

John Lennon – Walls and Bridges (1974)

History: Now fully separated from Yoko and living with May Pang, John spent some time in Los Angeles and reconnected with his son Julian. He worked on an album with Phil Spector of early rock and roll songs that never came to be, but also wrote new material of his own. He returned to New […]

Ringo Starr – Ringo (1973)

History: While Ringo released the singles “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Backoff Boogaloo” in 1971 and ’72, he chose to focus most of the time period on his acting career. By 1973 he was ready to record again, and he called a huge host of friends to help him, including all three former bandmates, Randy […]

John Lennon – Mind Games (1973)

History: In early 1973, John was starting to hit his limit. He was caught up in court battles to try to stay in the United States, and the FBI was tapping his phone and otherwise tracking his movements, convinced he was a political threat. On top of this, he and Yoko started having problems that […]

John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with Elephant’s Memory plus Invisible Strings – Some Time in New York City (1972)

History: John and Yoko moved to New York City in September of 1971, and very quickly become involved with various protests and political movements across the US. Their activities were enough to make the always paranoid Richard Nixon nervous enough to call for the FBI to start an investigation against them. They wrote songs related […]

John Lennon – Imagine (1971)

History: Not long after the release of his first solo album, which was critically successful if not as commercially successful as those of George and Paul, John started work on his second album, once again working closely with Yoko and Phil Spector on production, and inviting in George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, members of Badfinger and […]