George Michael is no longer with us. To some people, that’s a realization that finally sunk in during his funeral a few days ago, more than three months after he was found dead on Christmas Day.
And while the iconic pop singer and former Wham! member led an eccentric life, there were many great things he did that people didn’t know about. Like, did you know that he bought John Lennon’s famous “Imagine” piano…so that regular people could have a chance of seeing it? Don’t feel bad if you didn’t, not many people knew until after his death, when tributes started pouring in about his philanthropic deeds.
The story goes that he bought it during a memorabilia auction back in the year 2000 for a whopping £1.67 million, just to ensure that it remained at a museum in Liverpool, England, where it is originally from and home of the Beatles. By purchasing it and handing it over, he ensured that it would have a home where it could be viewed by the public. Now, that might sound like a lot of money to spend on an old piano, but it’s totally worth it considering the instrument’s history.
In the 1970s, John Lennon composed his well-known peace song, “Imagine,” singing it to his wife Yoko Ono while playing the piano in question. That it was used to create such a beautiful song is enough to seal its place in history. However, after changing hands a couple times and with the possibility of being sold off to a wealthy person, who would most likely have it locked away, Michael decided it was something that should be shared with the world and bought it.
The Imagine piano, as it is affectionately called, can be viewed at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, so if you ever visit that side of the world, you can look it up, thanks to George. Who knows, maybe it will even inspire you to create another Imagine song.
Whether you’re a fan of his or not, you have to admit that what he did was pretty cool. After all, the world can now share a piece of the Beatles legacy due to his act of kindness. Not only has he left behind great music, he has also left the world a gift.
Rest in peace, George Michael.