John Lennon was fatally shot by Mark Chapman at the entryway of his The Dakota home, in New York City, on this day in 1980, just moments after having returned from the Record Plant Studio. A police vehicle rushed Lennon to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead on arrival. 

When the news report went out very late that 8th of December during a broadcast of ABC’s Monday Night Football, the world was stunned and shaken. (A week earlier I had celebrated my ninth birthday and was given as a gift my first John Lennon album Double Fantasy. I was devastated.) An amazing outpouring of public grief instantly rang out that night and the days that followed. Music fans around the world had lost an incredible talent.  

John Lennon was famously one of the members of The Beatles, who co-wrote almost all of the bands songs with his collaborator Paul McCartney. His hits are instantly recognizable, which include – A Day in the Life, Strawberry Fields Forever, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and All You Need is Love. As a solo artist he had intermittent success with his most celebrated anthems being Give Peace A Chance, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Imagine. Besides his illustrious career, he was famed for his political activism and paciificism. Interestingly, it was his celebrated role as a pacifist that led to the Nixon administration to move proceeding to have Lennon deported from the United States in 1972. In 1975, Lennon’s three and a half year legal battle with the US government was overturned in his favour. He lived out the rest of his life with his wife Yoko Ono and their son Sean, in his beloved New York City.

I would like to leave the reader with one of my favourite songs from the album Double Fantasy. It is somewhat ironic because it was suppose to be something of a new start or phase in his life with Yoko and his son(s). He apparently looked healthy and happier than ever before. He had found peace and was looking forward to the future. Unfortunately, he left this world in a horrible way. Please enjoy my tribute to John Lennon with his song “(Just like) Starting Over”.

Posted by Robert Horvat

Robert Horvat is a Melbourne based blogger. He believes that the world is round and that art is one of our most important treasures. He has seen far too many classic films and believes coffee runs through his veins. As a student of history, he favours ancient and medieval history. Music pretty much rules his life and inspires his moods. Favourite artists include The Beatles, Pearl Jam, Garbage and Lana Del Rey.

10 Comments

  1. I have to admit, he wasn’t one of my favorite people, but I give credit where it’s due – a terrific musician.

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    1. tell us about your favourite people

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      1. Too many to mention, but my father is top of the list!!

  2. I remember the alarm set for NPR news and waking to the death of John Lennon and thinking John, Bobby, Martin and john and the world had changed forever, gone were those who “gave peace a chance”

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  3. John Lennon was a fascinating man. Tangentially related to this subject is the very interesting history of the Dakota building, which is now most famous for being the place he was assassinated. I might do a blog on it.

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  4. […] his apartment building, the Dakota, in New York City on December 8, 1980. (Robert Horvat did a great article on the anniversary here). The sad events of that day have unfortunately ensured that the Dakota Apartments will probably […]

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  6. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I loved the Beatles. They did some terrific music. The recording with this blog is nice. It’s the first time I’ve heard this song.

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  7. Thank you for the follow. Welcome aboard. I thoroughly enjoyed several of yours that I looked at. I hope you’ll continue to find articles of interest on my site.

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