May 11, 1972

On this day in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared as guests on the Dick Cavett Show.

Lennon and Ono talked about their troubles with the American government, including the problems with immigration, their possible deportations, as well as claiming to be followed by FBI informants. They also said that their telephone and apartments were being bugged by the FBI.

Years after Lennon’s passing, over 600 FBI files on John Lennon alone would be released. He was right the entire time – the FBI did have informants all around Lennon and Ono, and they did bug their homes and telephones.

The FBI files show that one of the people acting as an informant went straight to Richard Nixon with his very false information. That person? Elvis Presley. Don’t believe it? Look it up and you’ll be amazed at what you find. The King was ratting out The Beatle, claiming Lennon was a massive drug user, while all that time Presley was at home diluting himself with narcotics.

It was not Dick Cavett’s job to care about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s safety and immigration into America, but he did. After the show aired, he wrote a letter to the United States Immigration Services on behalf of Yoko Ono in support of the issuance for a permanent working visa in America.

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