Watch Willie Nelson and His Sons Play John Lennon’s ‘Watching the Wheels’ for Lennon’s 80th Birthday


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Today, Oct. 9 would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon — and while the former Beatle and prolific solo artist may be gone, his influence and legacy definitely is not.

The day saw the release of an expansive new box set, Gimme Some Truth, encapsulating much of his post-Beatles output — click here for more on the box set and to pick up a copy.

An anniversary like that requires a proper commemoration, and the Gimme Some Truth. The Ultimate Mixes. box set is precisely that. Personally curated by Yoko Ono Lennon (Executive Producer) and Sean Ono Lennon (Producer), this massive collection brings together a large swath of material related to Lennon’s prolific post-Beatles career.

Around the internet, tributes to Lennon have flooded social media, with a few standing shoulders above the rest … like this one of Willie Nelson and sons Lukas and Micah Nelson performing “Watching the Wheels,” Lennon’s posthumous 1981 single released after his shocking and senseless murder:

This particular cover earned a warm shout-out from Sean Ono Lennon:

The John Lennon Twitter page has been sharing other tributes, as well. Here’s Lenny Kravitz with “Love”:

“God” performed by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco:

Imagine Dragons with a little “Revolution”:

And so on. Such was the massive reach of what Lennon accomplished over the course of his life and career — enough influence to hit all reaches of the musical spectrum.

For more on John Lennon’s 80th birthday celebrations, click here to read Rock Cellar’s new feature from Jeff Slate: A look back on what, exactly, has made Lennon as relevant and fascinating as he’s ever been, even four decades after his death.


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