By Scott T. Sterling

Today (Oct. 9) would have been John Lennon’s 77th birthday, and his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney has marked the occasion with a heartfelt post on social media.

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McCartney shared an image of himself and Lennon working over a studio mixing desk. “Reaching out to Johnny on his birthday. Love Paul,” reads the warm caption.

See the post below.

Reaching out to Johnny on his birthday. Love Paul x #JohnLennon #PaulMcCartney

A post shared by Paul McCartney (@paulmccartney) on

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