Dennis Dunaway Recalls The Annoying Phone Call From John Lennon

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Former Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway recently appeared as a guest on Artists on Record with Stefan Adika and recalled the time he got successive annoying phone calls from John Lennon.

Dennis Dunaway is best known for being the co-founder and original bassist of the Alice Cooper Band. He was also the co-writer of some of the band’s well-known songs, such as ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out.’ He contributed to the band’s all seven studio albums. Although the group disbanded in 1975, the bassist continued working with Alice Cooper.

Dunaway recently took part in Cooper’s latest album, ‘Detroit Stories.’ He contributed to the album’s two songs on bass and co-wrote the track, ‘Drunk and in Love.’ Dunaway has been currently still performing live with various bands. During a recent conversation, the bassist shared some anecdotes from his long-term career spanning over five decades.

He remembered his two encounters with the Beatles icon John Lennon. He first saw him at a festival but didn’t have a chance to meet and talk. Later on, he also spoke to Lennon on the phone once. They were recording some new material for the Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith’s album, and then the phone started to ring. John Lennon was the one who called, but he didn’t know that he first had to dial nine to get out of the studio. Dunaway recalled it as an annoying call as Lennon didn’t hear what he said and kept calling.

Dennis Dunaway speaking on the annoying call from John Lennon:

“I can’t say that I actually met John Lennon, but he and Yoko walked right passed me and threw a crowd, of course. That was close to fame. I also talked to him on the phone once. In New York City, we were recording at the Record Plant. Some of Neal Smith’s ‘Platinum God’ album. Back then, it was a landline to get out of the studio, and you had to dial the number nine and then the number, and that was to get so that you could dial outside the studio.

He kept calling our studio, and we were trying to work on our album, and it would be John again, and I’d say ‘Dial nine first.’ Then it would ring again, and it’d be John again. On the third time, I said, ‘Number nine, number nine, number nine.’ Then we didn’t hear from him again.”

You can watch the rest of the conversation below.