Google Doodle Celebrates John Lennon's 70th Birthday Today

Posted by Grey Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ever the timely Google.

Quite possibly the most ambitious Google Doodle since the fully playable version for Pac-Man's 30th anniversary, check out today's special interactive Google Doodle, commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday.

Google has been keeping up its tradition of customizing their homepage to suit the particular favor of the day, be it a festive period or an obscure anniversary. In what would be John Lennon's 70th birthday (October 8th, we are twelve hours behind) should he still be alive today, Google conjured a special interactive Google Doodle for to commemorate the legendary musician's milestone.

While the usual tinkering of Google logo to fit the theme is still in place, the doodle, when clicked, will link to a 32-seconds YouTube video playing arguably Lennon's greatest track, Imagine (embedded below for your viewing pleasure).

Directly from the Google Doodler, Mike Dutton's Google Blog:

There’s a lot that can be said about John Lennon, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Even more can be said about the individual experiences people have had growing up with his music. It seems like everyone has a Lennon story. The earliest memory I have of him is listening to his songs in the backseat of our old station wagon with my brothers, watching my mom and dad sing along on the cassette player. It’s a very simple memory, but rich with subtlety—the sunlight through the windshield, my mom’s smile—and so it’s stuck with me. And maybe that’s what John’s music is about. There’s an earnest simplicity to it, yet I’m sure any one of us, regardless of whether or not we were around during his time, could describe some way he has deeply enriched our lives.

Starting today and all day tomorrow, which would have been John’s 70th birthday, we're celebrating him with our first-ever animated video doodle. The old saying, ”A picture is worth a thousand words” still rings true, so I hope a moving picture will help me adequately—and simply—thank John for the memories.


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