Sunday, 12 December 2010

Remember: John Lennon 1940-1980

It's 30 years since the passing of John Lennon.

To many people, such an event is one of those moments you remember where you were when you heard the news of his death.

I was 12, and actually ill and off school that day.

I remember sitting in the kitchen of my Grandad's Yorkshire Dales shop full of cold and tucking into a bowl of hot soup. The TV was on but the volume turned down. Glancing up to the TV screen I noticed the screen was full of images of John Lennon.

Turning up the volume I couldn't quite believe the news as it unfolded. 30 years later it all still seems ridiculous. On the verge of a comeback John had recently released a new single and album. His death caused (Just Like) Starting Over to hit Number One the following week and within weeks Woman and Imagine would give him three posthumous Number Ones.

Lennon Legend

Lennon has become legendary status now, something he would rather not have done, according to former girlfriend May Pang this week. Commenting on seeing Eric Clapton referred to as Legendary in the 1970s, John apparently cringed at the thought.

Thankfully, we still have the legacy of his music and it's always great to see Yoko keeping his memory and work alive.

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