Happy Birthday to Julian Lennon, who turns 51 years old today (April 8th). Julian, who is John Lennon's first son with college sweetheart Cynthia Powell Lennon, holds the distinction of being the first child of any the Beatles, being born on April 8th, 1963. Julian also is the first of the next generation to pursue a recording career, and released his critically acclaimed debut set, Valotte -- which was produced by the late Phil Ramone -- in October 1984. Over the years, he's released a total of six albums -- The Secret Value Of Daydreaming (1986); Mr. Jordan (1989); Help Yourself (1991); Photograph Smile (1998); and Everything Changes (2011). Since 1984, Julian has scored four Top 40 hits -- including the Top Tens "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes." Lennon appeared on 2012 Aerosmith track, "Love XXX," from their Music From Another Dimension album.
Julian Lennon helped inspire two of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's most popular Beatles songs -- Lennon's "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," which was the title of one of his drawings done in kindergarten; and McCartney's "Hey Jude," which was originally called "Hey Jules" and written to cheer up Julian after his parents' 1968 separation. Julian appeared only once on one of his dad's recordings, playing drums on "Ya Ya" -- the final track off 1974's Walls And Bridges.
Julian Lennon says that the fact that he never truly became close with his father still weighs heavily on his mind: "We saw each other on and off. . . I saw him, probably, maybe 10 times before he was killed, y'know? And I think it would have been nice to find some resolve between us eventually, but unfortunately that was never going to be, y'know? So, there will always be that unresolved point in my life, whether I like it or not. Yes, there is forgiveness, but there is still bitterness, and still anger there as well. But, it's not something I think about on a day-to-day basis."
Photo Courtesy of Deborah Anderson