John Lennon would have turned 70 years old this Saturday, October 9, and an unexpected guest has showed up at his birthday party with a present in tow: Ozzy Osbourne, who has recorded a version of Lennon’s 1971 tune “How?” to honor the fallen Beatle. Listen below!
The original version of “How?,” off Lennon’s 1971 solo album Imagine, is a slow piano ballad with a strong backbeat, and with his version, Ozzy honors the original, but adds a little oomph with distorted guitars and his piercing, high-pitched vocal. He also shot a video for the song (watch below!), which shows the metal godfather exploring Lennon’s beloved New York City, where he was ultimately shot and killed on December 8, 1980.
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Ozzy covers John Lennon: