Sunday, April 14, 2024

Beatles News: Don’t Worry–Yoko Ono’s Staying in New York, Plus Dhani Harrison Is Reissuing Leon Russell’s Greatest Hits


A couple of things popped up in the music world today…

The Daily Mail got all excited about Yoko Ono leaving her massive apartment in the Dakota. They said she was permanently decamping to the massive farm in upstate New York bought by her and John Lennon years ago.

Not so, I am told. “Yoko always divides her time between New York and Franklin,” says a source. “She’s not leaving the Dakota.”

Frankly, the story made no sense anyway. At 90, needing round the clock aides, Yoko is better off in the city near medical help. Also, her attentive son, Sean, lives in Manhattan and wouldn’t be shlepping up to Franklin, New York on a daily or even weekly basis.

Strawberry Fields are forever, and so is Yoko!

BEATLES ADJACENT NEWS: Dhani Harrison (George’s son, we know by now) has re-started Dark Horse Records, his dad’s old label. Besides George Harrison albums, Dark Horse will release Leon Russell’s “Signature Songs” on March 17th. This best-of package was out of print, previously on Leon’s own label. Right now a CD costs $63 on Amazon! But Dhani is sending out a beautiful new version on LP (for the first time), CD, streaming, and carrier pigeon! The album includes “A Song for You,” “This Masquerade,” “Delta Lady,” and all his other hits. Leon was a Legend. Elton John loved him so much he made a wonderful album with him. Long Live Leon!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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