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John Lennon's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late

Postby I am the Paulrus » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:02 am

John Lennon's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late

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LONDON (AFP) – A British folk singer who expressed fears that success and wealth could ruin his songwriting revealed Monday how John Lennon sent him a letter of reassurance -- but it did not reach him for 34 years.

Steve Tilston was just 21 in 1971 when the megastar read an interview he had done with a magazine called ZigZag.

Lennon penned a hand-written letter to the aspiring singer just months after the Beatles split up in 1970, telling him not to worry about becoming wealthy because it would not change what he felt inside.

The correspondence was signed by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.

He sent the letter to Tilston and the reporter who interviewed him at the magazine's offices, but for some reason it never reached the musician.

The first time he saw it was in 2005 when an American collector contacted him to verify whether the letter -- estimated to be worth 7,000 pounds (11,000 dollars, 8,500 euros) -- was genuine.

It was 25 years after Lennon had been shot dead.

"It was so frustrating because Lennon even included his home phone number on the top of the letter," said the 60-year-old. "I know it's silly but I wanted to ring him up across the ages."

Tilston added he "felt rather angry to start with to think that someone had just sold the letter rather than passing it on to me, but you have to let these things go."

Lennon wrote to Tilston: "Being rich doesn't change your experience in the way you think.

"The only difference, basically, is that you don't have to worry about money -- food -- roof etc.

"But all other experiences -- emotions -- relationships -- are the same as anybodies, I know, I've been rich and poor, so has Yoko (rich -- poor -- rich) so whadya think of that.

"Love John and Yoko."

Despite not receiving Lennon's reassuring words, Tilston still went on to record more than 20 albums and will mark his 40-year career with a special concert next month.
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Re: John Lennon's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late

Postby Mike » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:59 am

Let go of it. Perhaps he should sue. Isn't intercepting mail, illegal? At least it is on this side of the pond. I'll have to check "Seinfeld" and see what Newman has to say about that. Was it one of John's people who intercepted it before it got put in the mail, or was it from Steve Tilston's end? Who knows but it would make an interesting legal battle, not only because it was a personal letter from John, but I think Steve Tilston would have a legal right to a letter that was address to him. Not knowing any of the circumstances it would be difficult to prove chain of custody. Interesting story.
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Re: John Lennon's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late

Postby amazedbypaul » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:46 pm

Not to mention John had left his personal phone number. It's not like everyday a Beatle would send you their personal contact info. He would have at least been able to speak to John had he gotten it. The story says that this all came to light to him in 2005, so he has had 5 years to mull this over. Sounds like he has taken this revelation very gracefully. He certainly should have the right to have the letter now since it was suppose to belong to him in the first place. At this point it is beyond the money, he lost a chance to have a conversation with John Lennon which money can't buy, hmmm sounds like a lyric I have heard before. :smile:
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Re: John Lennon's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late

Postby Mike » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:05 pm

amazedbypaul wrote:At this point it is beyond the money, he lost a chance to have a conversation with John Lennon which money can't buy, hmmm sounds like a lyric I have heard before. :smile:
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