John Lennon interview with Dennis Elsas, 28 Sept 1974 Part 2 of 4

Dennis Elsas: Without question my most memorable interview and on-air experience to date was on September 28, 1974, a Saturday afternoon I spent with John Lennon.

I had met him just a few weeks before at the Record Plant recording studio and casually asked him if he’d like to come up to the station to talk about his forthcoming album Walls and Bridges. I doubted anything would come of it, since none of the Beatles had ever visited our station before. When he showed up eager to talk, bringing with him some obscure 45’s he wanted to share with the audience, I didn’t know what to expect.

What began as an opportunity to promote the new album, turned into two hours of rare Beatle stories, insights into his immigration struggles, and John as the DJ, introducing and commenting on all the music, commercials and weather.

The complete show is part of the permanent collection of the Paley Center For Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio).

A very big THANKYOU from everyone at Lenono to Dennis Elsas.

Read the transcription and listen to the tracks John chose at

Dennis Elsas is among America’s most respected and influential Rock and Roll radio personalities. With a career that spans half a century, the distinctive style he developed over twenty-five years at WNEW-FM in New York continues weekday afternoons on New York’s WFUV (90.7FM) and nationally on Sirius/XM Classic Vinyl (26) and Sirius/XM The Beatles Channel (18), where he co-hosts the Beatles Fab Fourum. He is featured in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s exhibit of America’s most influential Disc Jockeys and, as a leading voice-over artist, Dennis is the “Voice of Rock History” at the Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods. Listen to his history-making interviews, including the legendary 1974 conversation with John Lennon, get details about his live, on-stage multimedia show “Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Forgets,” and more at