John Lennon makes surprise appearance onstage with Elton John in New York 40 years ago tonight (Nov 28 1974)

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(Thursday, November 28, 1974, Thanksgiving Day) — Ex-Beatle John Lennon made a surprise appearance at Elton John’s concert tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, fulfilling a wager between the two musicians. Lennon had agreed to Elton’s suggestion that if “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” made it to number one in the charts (which it did on Nov. 16, 1974), they would perform together on this night.

Lennon performed three songs with Elton John’s band, opening with “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” and following with versions of The Beatles’ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.” It turned out to be Lennon’s last appearance before a paying audience.

Video: 'John Lennon & Elton John Live 1974 - MSG' ("Whatever Gets You Thru The Night")

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Video: 'John Lennon & Elton John LIVE - I Saw Her Standing There'

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