11/28/74-Lennon Makes Good On Bet With Elton John

 

Some rather poignant, classic rock history took place on this date in 1974. While John Lennon was recording his Walls and Bridges album earlier that Summer, Elton John dropped in to cut piano tracks and background vocals. The track was "Whatever Gets You Through The Night". Lennon wasn't too confident about the song but Elton bet the former Beatle that if released as a single it would top the charts at #1. Lennon then said if that happened, he would appear on stage to play it with Elton John.

Not long after it's September release that year, the song did hit #1. This was Lennon's only solo #1 single in the United States during his lifetime. It also made him the last ex-Beatle to score a number one as a solo artist.

On November 28th, Lennon made good on the bet and joined Elton at Madison Square Garden for a rocking Thanksgiving show that included: "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Tragically, it would be the final concert appearance of Lennon's career before his death in 1980.

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