When something embarrassing happens, we have the urge to look away. But that’s hard to do when it’s on national television.
This throwback video shows a 1972 performance of two rock-n-roll legends, the “Father of Rock and Roll” Chuck Berry and singer/songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles. Chuck Berry revolutionized the world of rock ‘n‘ roll with his signature sound and iconic guitar licks. John Lennon was a songwriter, singer, and peace activist, one of the two front men for the Beatles, which many would argue is the most influential rock-n-roll band of all time.
This was the first meeting of these two future Hall of Famers and, while the songs were great, the performance contained a bizarre on-camera event that’s the reason for this post. Chuck and John are accompanied by a backing band and Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono is also on stage, playing a hand drum.
In the middle of the first song (1:55 in video), Ono begins a strange chanting noise into the microphone. The surprise of the noise is evident on Berry’s face–and they clearly mute Ono’s microphone afterward.
Then they turn her microphone back on and she does it again! Watch the full video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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