September 11: John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the Dick Cavett Show 1971

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So a long time ago I said that I didn’t want to be singing “She Loves You” when I’m 30. I said that when I was about 25 or something, which in a roundabout way meant that I wouldn’t be doing whatever I was doing then, you know. Well, I was 30 last October, and that’s about when my life changed, really.
-John Lennon

John Lennon and Yoko Ono made their first appearance on The Dick Cavett show on September 11, 1971 to present their new work. They do small-talk and jokes around. They discuss John Lennon’s evolving career. It is mostly a PR-job: showing some film clips and Yoko plays a track from the album Fly.

John Lennon is the star here, as always, and Cavett sometimes has problems following Lennon’s constant stream of wittiness.  Lennon had just released the Imagine album in the U.S. (Sept.9,1971), which climbing the charts. The “Imagine film” is at the end of the show.

Well, I don’t regret anything in my life, really, because I met Yoko and I’m very happy with her. You know, I once said `I wish I was a fisherman,’ meaning, I wish I didn’t have the kind of mind that makes me want to perform in public, whatever, make records, make films, all this, be working. I wish I was satisfied to just be peaceful and, you know, living–I thought fisherman was so easy, you know. You just get your breakfast out of the water. You eat and you go to bed; a simple life.

– Hallgeir