Scotti Boettner lights candles
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Happy birthday, John Lennon

Scotti Boettner lights candles as fans gather outside the Capitol Records building to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Radio disc jockey Chris Carter lights two candles on a birthday cake as dozens of fans gather outside the Capitol Records building to celebrate John Lennon’s 72nd birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Romero of Brazil shows off his John Lennon tattoo as he joins dozens of fans outside the Capitol Records building to celebrate the late John Lennon’s birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Fans offer birthday wishes on a big card outside the Capitol Records building on John Lennon’s birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Sienna Niniz, left, and Cielo Carrillo sing “Across the Universe,” along with dozens of other fans outside the Capitol Records building on John Lennon’s birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Lennon Lopez, 5, eats birthday cake near the star of namesake John Lennon on the Beatle’s birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Fans gather outside the Capitol Records building to celebrate John Lennon’s 72nd birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Fans leave mementos on John Lennon’s star outside the Capitol Records building to celebrate his 72nd birthday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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