Were John Lennon and Sir Elton John friends? 'Whirlwind romance'

JOHN LENNON had many showbiz friends extra to his artist wife Yoko Ono - but was he close to Sir Elton John?

PUBLISHED: 11:54, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:54, Mon, Oct 5, 2020

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John Lennon’s three most important relationships were with his Beatles pals - Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Ringo Starr and George Harrison. However, he also made some important friendships with other singers, such as the Rolling Stones and Sir Elton John. Sir Elton has, in celebration of what would have been John’s 80th birthday, spoken out about their ‘whirlwind romance.’


Sir Elton John has confirmed what many would have expected - he and John Lennon were indeed friends.

In fact, in an interview with John’s son Sean Ono Lennon, Sir Elton has said they had a ‘whirlwind romance’ which lasted two to three years.

On the John Lennon at 80 Radio 2 programme, which featured Sean interviewing important people in his father’s life, Sir Elton spoke out on what he loved about his friend, mainly the way he ‘united’ people.

Sir Elton said: “I think that if your dad had still been alive he would have maybe won the Nobel Peace Prize.

“He was a uniter and was prepared to go to any lengths to make people see what his point was.”

Despite this, he also admitted there were many people who were not big fans of John, including the FBI.

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Elton John and John Lennon - were they friends?Elton John and John Lennon - were they friends? (Image: Getty)

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Sir Elton added: “And a lot of people… like the FBI, they gave him a hard time, but it didn't deter him.

“He was peace-loving, brilliant, funny, opinionated, a treasure – we need people like him today.”

One suspected reason the FBI was so interested in John is his pacifism and disagreement with war, which was also a sticking point for Elvis Presley.

One story goes Elvis told his friend and FBI chief, J Edgar Hoover, to keep an eye on the Beatles star due to his ‘anti-American’ views.

Sir Elton John and John Lennon at Madison Square GardensSir Elton John and John Lennon at Madison Square Gardens (Image: Getty)

As well as these comments, Sir Elton spoke of how much he enjoyed collaborating with John on some of their music.

Sir Elton asked for his friend’s help on a Beatles cover, and in 1974 John helped Sir Elton on his version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

The B-side to this track was One Day at a Time, by John, and thus began a beautiful partnership.

Of course, John was not going to appear on the track in a normal way, and instead he was credited as Dr Winston O’Boogie, with Winston being John’s middle name.

Returning the favour for John’s help, Sir Elton then played piano

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