Local people urged to get Lennon to the top for Christmas

LOCAL people are being urged to join a campaign to get John Lennon to the No 1 spot this Christmas.

County Down man Marc Savage, along with industry giants EMI, has launched a Facebook campaign to put John Lennon classic Happy Xmas 'War Is Over' at the top of the charts.

The campaign even has the blessing of Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.

2010 should have been the year John Lennon celebrated his 70th birthday, however it instead marks the 30th anniversary of his murder outside The Dakota building in New York, where he lived, by lone assassin Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. In honour of his life, this campaign aims to make John and Yoko's timeless anti-war/Christmas masterpiece Happy Xmas (War is Over) a hit during this festive season.

"With the world in such a war-torn state, there has perhaps never been a better time to remember this song, and in doing so, we celebrate the genius of Lennon and remember that he was a true songwriter and musician who would be horrified at the music-industry as it stands today," explained Marc.

"So, for Christmas 2010, let us remember a true musician and artist, let us remember and celebrate real music makers and the message of Christmas and finally, let us say together 'War is Over...' "By using iTunes, amazon etc we can make this the Christmas download No 1. Download the track on December 12 to have a real chance at the Christmas No 1 slot."

You can join the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Make-John-Lennon-Christmas-No1-2010/101568756580534.