John Lennon was murdered on this day in 1980, shot by a crazed ‘fan’ in New York City. As is perhaps compulsory in some quarters on the anniversaries of his birth and death, if not boldly unoriginal, listen to his anthemic ‘Imagine’… and, well, just imagine.
One of the greatest songwriters of any generation, could this be the greatest song of all-time?
Your favourite songs, lyrics and most memorable moments from a life very much spent in the spotlight, please.
And which of his songs, whether you like them or not, do you think David could have some fun with? I think he could do a pretty decent ‘Nobody Told Me’, myself.
For those who placed their cursors in the same position as I have already placed mine in response to today’s poll, here’s I Met the Walrus, which was one of the nominations for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. The audio comes from a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan, who managed to sneak into Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and interview his idol back in 1969. The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is classic Lennon.
Just one final thought: Does the case of Mark Chapman alter anyone’s views on the death penalty and/or the length of sentence often handed down to murderers, as discussed here recently? Chapman remains incarcerated in a New York state prison where he is serving a sentence of 20 years to ‘life’. He has been denied parole five times since 2000 and can next reapply in August. He claims to have found God, is said to have shown remorse for his crime, and believes that Lennon himself would have forgiven him by now. He still receives hate mail regularly.