John Lennon's death is one of those, 'I'll always remember where I was' moments. Unsurprising to many here, this is a date I didn't even need to look up.
Doing my accounting homework in my teen bedroom with the radio on I heard that John Lennon had been shot. I went down the hall to mention it to my parents, and I got to hear Howard Cosell confirm it.
That is not quite something you expect, or want, to hear from a Monday Night Football announcer.
I think it was the first time that any artist of whom I knew had died, let alone been murdered. I had such a thing for the Beatles it was just an indescribable feeling.
The previous months and years had brought on John Bonham and Keith Moon's death. There were our high school bus rides where others would try to downplay the importance of Lennon over the other two. I steadfastly remained in the 'argument' that without Lennon and the Beatles it is quite probable there would have been no Zeppelin or Who. I'd argue that point today.
Lennon arguably gave us some of the best Beatles songs. Sure, we know that most are credited to Lennon-McCartney, but we also know that became more of a business arrangement than an artistic one. He was also arguably the funniest - if A Hard Day's Night was accurate, and if not just a snapshot in time.
His solo career was short and spotty. Not a fan of his Spector led disk, Rock n Roll, but man do I love "Mind Games" I'd also argue the point that "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (the War is Over)" are good songs. Maybe they once were - but honestly, they are woefully overplayed and overstated.
I would venture to say, no matter how many times I'm in NYC, I pass the Dakota - rarely on purpose, but just to get from point A to B. It's hard not to look at the actual area where Lennon was actually shot. Actually, I've never not stopped, looked, and contemplated that night.
It seems unfathomable though that at the 40 year mark, Lennon is only two months shy of being dead longer than alive. I am curious about what could have come after Double Fantasy.
Song by: John Lennon