In an interview with PBS, music producer Jimmy Iovine spoke of life back in 1973, when he worked as a recording engineer for John Lennon.
“I remember being a kid in 1973. I remember being very impressionable. I remember how much John Lennon meant to me, because I got the chance to work with him every day for three years. And I remember specifically how frightened he was that Richard Nixon wanted to throw him out of this country. Nixon wanted to take away his green card. I remember the fight. He’d come to the studio in a suit and change his clothes before he got there…
“I was brought up to think that the president of the United States was the most honest and great person that could possibly exist. I went to Catholic school… And I asked Lennon, “Why does the president of the United States want to throw you out of the country?” And he looked at me like I had three heads, because he realized that I didn’t get it. And it was almost like, ‘Where do I start with you?’
“But there was nothing wrong with what John Lennon was doing. And I don’t think there’s a person in the world right now that wouldn’t want him to be around making music and look back on his influences as just extraordinary.”
Iovine worked with Lennon on Menlove Ave.