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Fans Remember Lennon On Birthday

October 9, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Fans of John Lennon who want to help celebrate what would've been the singer's 57th birthday, can head down to Lennon's Walk of Fame Star in front of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood tonight. A special remembrance vigil is being held in his honor.

Beginning at 5 p.m. PST, the occasion will include music by Lennon and the Beatles, both live and taped. In addition, candles will be ignited on a large "I love John Lennon" birthday cake.

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