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The Life and Death of John Lennon

John Lennon was the Beatle who got tragically killed in New York City in 1980. He was a talented singer and composer in his own right who still had so much living to do. During the time of The Beatles, he formed a songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney. If was his first band The Quarrymen that later on evolved into The Beatles. When the band broke up in 1970 John Lennon went on to a successful solo career.

He and his wife Yoko Ono came out with such iconic albums as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. Hit songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Working Class Hero”. Once he married Yoko Ono in 1969 he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. When his son Sean was born he left his musical career to concentrate on family. However, both he and his wife recorded a new album in 1980 Double Fantasy. Unfortunately, he was murdered just three weeks after the album came out.

By the year 2012, John Lennon’s solo album sales exceeded 14 million in the U.S. In 2002 a BBC poll had him on the list of 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008 he was ranked the fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and in 1994 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When John Lennon settled in New York in 1974 he came out with the album Walls and Bridges which featured the hit single “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” and it featured Elton John on backing vocals and piano. Another single from this album was “#9 Dream”. In 1975 he came out with Rock ‘n’ Roll which featured “Stand by Me”.

Among John Lennon’s best song are “Imagine”, “Jealous Guy”, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, “Woman”, “Watching the Wheels” and “Beautiful Boy”.

It all ended on December 8, 1980, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono were returning to their apartment in the Dakota in New York City and Mark David Chapman was waiting. He shot Lennon four times in the back. He was pronounced dead at Roosevelt Hospital. He was 40 years old. The next morning the first song played on the radio was ‘(Just Like) Starting Over” and it really made a lot of people cry.

It all happened and it all happened much too fast and of course, I have to include Lennon’s incredible song “Imagine”.

Afterward, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in New York’s Central Park. It was at this spot that the Strawberry Fields Memorial was later created.

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  1. I remember the evening when he was shot outside of his home during a Monday Night Football game on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) when the late football announcer Howard Cosell shared the tragic news.


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