Auctioning Off John Lennon’s Jukebox

John_Lennons_JukeboxImagine if you found someone’s iPod and started scrolling through their list of music, think about everything you’d discover about their personality from simply these choices. Let’s turn this scenario up a few notches. Back in 1989, John Lennon’s personal jukebox full of 45’s surfaced and was auctioned off at Christie’s. The vintage player was sold for the equivalent of $5000 US dollars to an English music promoter. It was a Swiss KB Discomatic but the true value was knowing this was John Lennon’s personal collection of favorite tunes. Lennon’s love of rhythm and blues, soul, rockabilly, and pop music was clearly evident from the 45’s inside.
In 2004, a documentary about the famous jukebox appeared on a BBC show called “The South Bank Show”. Many of the classic artists featured in the jukebox, and even Sting, shared their memories of the music and their love of John Lennon’s own music. Here’s a list of the records inside. You’ll notice there are 5 Smokey Robinson songs, 3 Little Richard songs, a lot of Motown, and even a Bob Dylan song!



Disc one

“In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett
“Rescue Me” by Fontella Bass
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

“My Girl” by Otis Redding
“1-2-3” by Len Barry
“Hi-Heel Sneakers” by Tommy Tucker
“The Walk” by Jimmy McCracklin
“Gonna Send You Back to Georgia” by Timmy Shaw
“First I Look at the Purse” by The Contours
“New Orleans” by Gary U.S. Bonds
“Watch Your Step” by Bobby Parker
“Daddy Rollin’ Stone” by Derek Martin
“Short Fat Fannie” by Larry Williams
“Long Tall Sally” by Little Richard
“Hey! Baby” by Bruce Channel

“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan
“Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
“Turquoise” by Donovan
“Slippin’ and Slidin'” by Buddy Holly

Disc two

“Be-Bop-A-Lula” by Gene Vincent
“No Particular Place to Go” by Chuck Berry

“Steppin’ Out” by Paul Revere & the Raiders
“Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful
“Some Other Guy” by The Big Three
“Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers
“She Said, Yeah” by Larry Williams
“Brown Eyed Handsome Man” by Buddy Holly
“Slippin’ and Slidin'” by Little Richard
“Quarter to Three” by Gary U.S. Bonds

“Ooh! My Soul” by Little Richard
“Woman Love” by Gene Vincent
“Shop Around” by The Miracles
“Bring It on Home to Me” by The Animals

“If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody” by James Ray
“What’s So Good About Goodbye” by The Miracles
“Bad Boy” by Larry Williams
“Agent Double-O Soul” by Edwin Starr
“I’ve Been Good to You” by The Miracles
“Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Miracles