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John Lennon “shines on” forever – in new stamps unveiled Friday by the United States Postal Service. The agency featured the former Beatle as part of its Music Icons series with a 1974 photo snapped by rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen. The late singer’s longtime partner Yoko Ono and their son, Sean Lennon, were on hand for USPS’s launch at the Naumburg Bandshell – where his eulogy was delivered — in Central Park.
The Liverpool-born star was 40 years old when he was murdered outside his apartment at the Dakota on the Upper West Side in 1980. “When John died, I said there will be no funeral … John is going to be forever,” said Ono, who looked frail in a white blazer, black hat and black sunglasses. “The most complaint I have is he’s not here. But he’s somewhere in the sky, I think,” she added, clutching her son’s hand.
Sean Lennon said his father was proud to have called America his home. “There is a famous saying in England that to be born British is to have won the lottery of life. Well, the fact that I am American is evidence my father disagreed. My father and mother came to New York as immigrants,” the 42-year-old said. “My father fought very hard to get his green card, famously. He wanted to live in America and loved this beautiful country and beautiful city.”
The portrait on the stamp shows Lennon with messy hair and his signature round-rimmed glasses, was taken for the late singer’s fifth post-Beatles solo album “Walls and Bridges,” which came out in 1974. “I took this picture 44 years ago. I never dreamed it would be a United States postal stamp,” Gruen said.
Postmaster General Megan Brennan called Lennon a “musical and lyrical genius.” “Through his music and his fame, he championed peace, he asked us to imagine a better world,” she said. “He was also a stamp collector and avid letter writer. Family, friends, and fans received attentive, hand-written notes throughout his life. He could see the world for the stamps he collected.” The USPS’s new forever stamps are offered in an array of prismatic colors and are topped with Lennon’s signature.
Hundreds of fans lined up to get their hands on some booklets. “This is long overdue,” said Luana Michaels, 62. “I sat on my floor in my mom’s house when I was a kid watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show and when John came on and they said ‘Sorry girls, he is married,’ I screamed “I don’t care.’ This is a great tribute and I am buying the stamps and saving them. Meanwhile, the famed songwriter’s childhood stamp collection went on display Friday at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.
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