John Lennon: 40 years ago today

JOHN LENNON:  Withdrew from the public eye 40 years ago this week

John Lennon put his career on hold and withdrew from the public eye 40 years ago today. Leaving Japan after a four-month visit, the ex-Beatle told reporters that his top priority for the next few years would be raising his son Sean -- with musical projects taking a back seat.

He explained, "Maybe when he's three, four or five then we'll think about creating something else other than the child." When asked about Elvis Presley, who'd passed away six weeks earlier, Lennon replied: "Elvis died when he went into the Army. Up until he joined the Army, I thought it was beautiful music. And Elvis was for me and my generation what The Beatles were to the '60s." To the most obvious question, whether The Beatles might reunite, John admitted, "I doubt it very much."

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