John Lennon, one of many founders, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles, would have turned 80 yesterday had he not been shot 40 years in the past. On the big day, his son, Sean Lennon, shared a reminiscence of his father which will make you chuckle.
Sean recalled an incident that occurred in 1969 the place the Beatles singer threw a tantrum when his solo singles, Cold Turkey, did not make it to the highest of music charts. Sean added that due to the identical, John even complained to The Queen.
According to John Lennon’s son, Sean, the musician was so infuriated by the dearth of success that he wrote to Her Majesty, The Queen of England and complained. In the method, he even returned his MBE. For those that have no idea, an MBE is a British honour awarded to an individual for a selected achievement. MBE stands for ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’.
Elaborating about it, John Lennon’s son, Sean instructed DJ Strombo on Apple Music Hits: “The single didn’t do well, and he hilariously wrote to the Queen returning his MBE. He says something like, ‘Your Majesty, I’m returning the MBE in protest against the Vietnam War. And in protest of Cold Turkey slipping down the charts’.”
Even although the star reportedly tried to return the honour in 1969, an MBE can’t be returned. A Buckingham Palace spokesman had beforehand confirmed that it was holding the MBE after John Lennon despatched it again alongside together with his grumpy letter. As of now, the letter he wrote and his medal is held on the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood.
In a 2009 interview with The Telegraph, the spokesman for the Palace mentioned, “The Central Chancery would, without question, return any Insignia to the original recipient if they request it during their lifetime.” He added that if the individual didn’t ask for it again whereas residing, then it’s assumed that they don’t need it again. He concluded saying that the Central Chancery world solely considers releasing the insignia if the recipient’s authorized subsequent of kin approached them.
For the unversed, John was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 together with the opposite members of the Beatles.