Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son, has selected the 10 records that impacted his life in an interview with Goldmine. One of them, he revealed, made him feel more connected to his father.
Julian named the 1974 song “Walls and Bridges” by his late father as one of his favorites and reflected on their connection at the time:
“Dad’s album. I played snare with one stick on it, yes, if you can call that playing, in any capacity. Dad and I were seeing each other and getting along at that moment in time, so not only was it a special time, but he was doing that, and Elton [John] was there at the same time.”
It is no secret that Julian’s connection with his father was strained when his parents divorced in 1968 as a result of John’s extramarital relationship with Yoko Ono. The late Beatle had little touch with Julian after their divorce for several years. In a Guardian piece from 2020, the singer described how he felt after his father left the family’s home:
“Then suddenly, my dad disappeared off the face of the planet. At least, that’s how it seemed to me. He and Yoko Ono were deeply and publicly in love. And I felt as if my mum and I had been cast aside.”
However, John started making attempts to get in touch with his son in the middle of the 1970s, and their connection is said to have strengthened as a result of May Pang’s participation. John Lennon’s first contact with Julian and his mother Cynthia in years was made possible by her convincing him to extend the invitation. Over time, they stayed in touch. So, before John’s passing in 1980, Julian and John had somewhat reconciled.