I know the biggest question in the back of you mind is "what is Mr. Pleasant's favorite John Lennon song not written by John Lennon?" And the answer is a doozey because frankly it is a song forgotten by everyone in the universe.
Well, before I tell you who and what, let me just say that you really have to give this a listen before you make a judgement. The song is a beautiful amalgamation of Imagine-period melodiousness merged with Help-period group harmonies. And shades of "We Can Work It Out" - it even has a harmonium!
So here is the deal. The recording artists had a short-lived TV variety show back in the mid 70s, and one of the members was married to Goldie Hawn for a period of time. Of course I a referring to the Hudson Brothers and their one and only top 40 hit - So You Are A Star. Apparently the brothers had a real penchant for Beatles-ish power pop, but were never given a chance on their insipid TV program to show what they could really do. So the only evidence is this one song, but it is truly gorgeous, and clearly a loving tribute to Mr. Lennon. It just makes me swoon every time I hear it.
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