John Lennon Tapes
circa 1969-1970

Auctioned by Christies in April 2002.


Two previously undocumented recordings of John Lennon and his step-daughter Kyoko Cox of Lennon and Kyoko improvising songs and nursery rhymes, 1969-1970

The 80-minute tapes were recorded in 1969 and 1970 and display for the first time the bond between Lennon and Yoko Ono's daughter, Kyoko.

On one of the tapes, which will be auctioned on Tuesday by Christie's in London, Lennon is heard singing "Oh Yoko" from the 1971 hit album Imagine.

He also joins Yoko for the 1966 chart-topper "Yellow Submarine" and also improvises blues, folk and funk guitar riffs.

Lennon is then heard accompanying Kyoko in an unlikely rendition of Frank Zappa's "Jelly Roll Gum Drop".

He also reveals a previously undocumented talent for penning children's ditties, including a touching one addressed to his own son Julian.

The second tape features Lennon and Kyoko playing the acoustic guitars of Tony Cox, Yoko's ex-husband. Ono and Mr Cox can be heard making occasional interjections.