On December 8, 1980, forty year-old John Lennon, one of the members of the Beatles, who were introduced to America on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, (hence the connection to the baby boomer generation) was shot in front of the New York City building, in which he lived with his wife Yoko Ono, as they returned from a recording studio. It was the seventh day of Chanukah and seventeen days before Christmas.
Nine years earlier, on December 1, 1971, John and Yoko released “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” as a single. It was first performed with the Harlem Community Choir. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” was actually a protest song against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and it culminated more than two years of peace activism by Lennon and Ono.
After Lennon’s death, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” became a Christmas standard, and many notable artists have covered it. The song has been included on compilation albums of seasonal music, and it’s been declared a holiday favorite in many industry polls.
My son was formerly the singer for a signed and touring rock band. After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, he arranged, and his band performed a version of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” “in memory of the innocence that died, and as a statement against needless violence.”
On behalf of Baby Boomer Reflections: Eighteen Special Years Between 1946 and 1964, please listen to that arrangement and share it with your friends.
Please click here, and enjoy a great version of a fantastic song.