‘Happy Days’: John Lennon and His Son Once Visited the Set

by Joe Rutland

One day, the Happy Days cast was busy doing their show on the soundstage when John Lennon and his son visited them.

What? Do you mean a member of The Beatles with his son, Julian? Yes indeed.

John Lennon, one of the Fab Four, brought his then-young-son to the place where the cast was working. This story from MeTV provides a little more information.

The show took viewers through the 1950s. It turned out that Lennon himself was a fan. He would watch it with Julian. How much did they love it? Enough to have John set up a visit to the show’s set in its first year on ABC.

‘Happy Days’ Cast Member Williams Remembered Lennon as A ‘Humble Guy’

Anson Williams, who played Potsie Webber on the show, said, “Julian was a fan of the ’50s and Happy Days, and they spent the entire day on the set.”

He recalled Lennon as a “humble guy.” In fact, Wiliams said the Beatle was “genuine and kind, and truly shy.” 

“Henry Winkler was there, Ron Howard, myself, and Donny Most,” the Happy Days star said. “I go to get a cup of coffee, and I see this guy with a 10-year-old kid. I think he looks familiar. It was John Lennon.” 

When he visited the Happy Days set, he had a hit on his own with the song “Imagine.”

Winkler said Lennon didn’t act like a superstar.

“All of a sudden, John Lennon just came to visit,” the Fonzie actor said. “And he brought with him, Julian. He was so, um, he was so shy.”

John Lennon, Son Julian Reportedly Watched Some Taping, Signed Autographs

Lennon and Julian reportedly watched some of the Happy Days taping, signed autographs, and chatted with other cast members.

“I didn’t know how to get into a conversation with John Lennon,” Winkler said. “Then I just started talking about his Imagine album that he made, the solo album. There was a cut on it called ‘Mother,’ which was like a primal scream. So I started talking to him about that. He opened like a flower. It was amazing.”

Did Julian remember the visit? You better believe he did.

Years later, Julian Lennon established himself as a music artist. He was making an appearance on the music show Solid Gold. It was filmed on the Paramount lot, where Winkler had his office.

“I got a knock on the door,” Winkler said, “and he asked, ‘I don’t know if you remember me?’ to which I replied, ‘Yeah, I do.'”

The show’s first season on ABC was the 1974-75 season. It might have been during this time that Lennon visited. Still, it’s something that the cast will never forget.