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Raspberries meet John Lennon

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Kirk   

So, they were trying to authenticate that Rick for an auction.  Eric pretty much squashed that rumor...

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LC   

I wonder if Lennon gave the Rick to someone associated with the Raspberries, but not actually a member of the band? Somebody, who, you know, might not have mentioned that he got a guitar from John Lennon?

I don't mean that to sound accusatory in any way. I'm speculating only because of the odd mention of the words "the vendor" in this quote from the auction listing:

John later gave this guitar to The Raspberry band member (the vendor) for his help on the session.

 I don't know why the listing author would include a parenthetical "the vendor"—it makes no sense.... Leading me to believe that maybe there's some other party involved? All of which is to say, Eric may have squashed the idea of himself, Wally, Scott, or Mike receiving a killer gift from John Lennon... but it doesn't mean Lennon didn't gift somebody related to the 'berries with a Rickenbacker! The mystery lives on! 

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LC   

And another thing: 

I love the rumor that John Lennon ducked into the control room and did some tinkering on "Overnight Sensation." I love it, and I've always bought into it.

After all, it's totally within the realm of possibility. "Overnight Sensation," my favorite among Eric's Raspberries masterworks, has a distinct Lennon aura (and hints of McCartney, too). And the rumor had to have started for a reason. So it's a wonderful visual if you let your mind wander....

The great ex-Beatle was enjoying his freedom from the Fab Four, married life, and touring pressure, so he was bopping around in the studio, and he was "feeling" the kinship of "Overnight Sensation," so he took the liberty of doing some subtle "product improvement." Why not? As long as he was in the house, maybe he felt like he should make himself useful. And would anyone associated with the Raspberries have objected? You could just hear Eric or Wally if John had said, "Can I make a couple of suggestions for that nice bit you've got in the works...?" "By all means, Mr. Lennon. Have at it!"

 

 

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Kirk   

It is fun to speculate.  "Overnight Sensation" is indeed Eric's masterpiece, but, in addition to John, Paul, and anybody else you might mention, Eric heard this as his "Good Vibrations", so through in some Brian Wilson; this song is the pinnacle of what Raspberries stood for!

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susie b   
On 8/22/2019 at 4:54 PM, LC said:

And another thing: 

I love the rumor that John Lennon ducked into the control room and did some tinkering on "Overnight Sensation." I love it, and I've always bought into it.

After all, it's totally within the realm of possibility. "Overnight Sensation," my favorite among Eric's Raspberries masterworks, has a distinct Lennon aura (and hints of McCartney, too). And the rumor had to have started for a reason. So it's a wonderful visual if you let your mind wander....

The great ex-Beatle was enjoying his freedom from the Fab Four, married life, and touring pressure, so he was bopping around in the studio, and he was "feeling" the kinship of "Overnight Sensation," so he took the liberty of doing some subtle "product improvement." Why not? As long as he was in the house, maybe he felt like he should make himself useful. And would anyone associated with the Raspberries have objected? You could just hear Eric or Wally if John had said, "Can I make a couple of suggestions for that nice bit you've got in the works...?" "By all means, Mr. Lennon. Have at it!"

 

 

Bumping this topic that Darlene and I had been debating and decided to post... Lennon hommage to Carmen with a title swipe of "Starting Over".

 

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Kirk   

Susie, thanks for fleshing that out- I almost forgot how alive the board was when Eric was still active- although this topic pretty much coincides with the last of Eric's posts.  Good read!

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The facts? John was at the Record Plant producing Nilsson when Raspberries were recording their “Starting Over” LP. Lennon may have assisted in mixing “Overnight” and both Eric and Wally lent hand-claps and backing vocals to Nilsson’s “Loop-de-Loop.” Eric “met” John by wacking him with the Men’s Room door — Eric going in while John was coming out. Also, Lennon reportedly scribbled mustaches and blacked out teeth on a Raspberries picture or poster hanging at the studio, which nobody had the foresight to save. Everything else is speculation.

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