The Day John Lennon Died

“The Beatles are over, but
John, Paul, George and Ringo go on.”
John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon on Dick Cavett Show, September 11, 1971

If you grew up listening to the Beatles, no doubt you remember the day John Lennon was gunned down. The evening of December 8, 1980 I was at a record store buying an album when everyone in the store heard the news.

It’s been 35 years since that awful December 8th day. John Lennon left us with his music that crossed generations. He left us one of his most poignant albums of the 1980s.

By the end of December 1980, the album he hadn’t released yet when he died, Double Fantasy was his best-selling solo album. Plus one of the songs on the album, (Just Like) Starting Over hit number one on the Billboard charts.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono filmed a video to promote his new album, Double Fantasy, in the City of New York, November 26, 1980. Filming began in Central Park, then moved to a gallery in SoHo. The song chosen for the video promo was, (Just Like) Starting Over.

Unfortunately, John Lennon never got to experience the success of his album. He was robbed of that. I feel, we were all robbed the day John Lennon died.

Shine On



5 thoughts on “The Day John Lennon Died

  1. Lennon was undoubtedly one of the giants of his musical generation. Not only were his contemporaries robbed of his genius, but future generations were robbed of music that was still to be written. I don’t believe Lennon ever got to pen his memoirs, although there is the book called “The John Lennon Letters” that is a wonderful read. So many songs that he wrote in his solo career that still are meaningful today. Imagine, Whatever Gets You Through the Night, Woman, Beautiful Boy and more. RIP, Mr. Lennon. The world misses you.

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  2. This is one of my favorite songs of John Lennon’s. He left us a wonderful heritage. Thinking back I was in New York on a sightseeing tour in 1985. On that tour we passed the place John Lennon was shot. I was 15 and it seemed so far away for me… but it was only 5 years. Crazy!

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