John Lennon: 40th Anniversary of His Passing

December 8, 2020, is the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. He was famous for being a member of the Beatles. John Lennon was a singer-songwriter whose music is timeless and transgenerational. Even 40 years after he passed away, his legacy is still standing strong today. 

He was in the music scene from 1956 until 1980. The musical genres that John Lennon work with were Rock, Pop and Experimental. He was bold in his composition – he challenged the boundaries of music. That includes his years with the Beatles. John Lennon’s written works include HelpStrawberry Fields for Forever, and Come Together. His vocal range was impressive to the contribution of going beyond musical boundaries.

May 26, 1969, John Lennon and his second wife, Yoko Ono, did a sit-in at the Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to protest peacefully against the Vietnam War. That’s when they recorded the famous song Give Peace a Chance. 

John Lennon’s solo career started in the 1970s until 1980, primarily in the United States. During these years, his creativity was bold, and his activism played a crucial part in his career. That includes the release of two classic hits, Imagine and Happy Xmas (US release), in 1971. He promoted positivity throughout his career, especially with tune Imagine. He captured the essence of music from the beginning, including his days as a member of the Beatles.

Sadly, John Lennon’s career took an abrupt end when he was assassinated in front of his Manhattan apartment in the late evening of December 8, 1980. He was coming back from an event with his wife, Yoko Ono.  

Sources say weeks after the murder, the famous songs/albums (Just Like) Starting Over and Double Fantasy made it to the top of the charts in both the UK and the US. In January 1981, the song Imagine made it to number one in the UK, and Happy Xmas to number two. During the same year, Roxy Music released their cover of Lennon’s Jealous Guy as a tribute to the late British singer.

On December 6, 2020, I watched a program called Lennon Remembered: A Reporter’s Journal. It was about John Lennon’s assassination from the BBC reporter Tom Brook’s perspective and his legacy. I heard comments from witnesses of that tragic evening. I learned the impact of John Lennon’s transgenerational music – young people today know who he was, even if they were not born when he died. The proof is that in 2019, Listeners streamed the Beatles over a billion times. Music journalist Jason Runtagh and singer Tom McGahern also shared their views on the late artist. Photographer and John Lennon’s friend Bob Gruen shared his experience. There were clips where Tom Brook interviewed Yoko Ono, which was touching to watch. She said: “You cannot kill a person that easily.” This show honoured John Lennon, nicely.

The songs I enjoyed from the late British icon are Imagine, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), and Give Peace a Chance

Here’s a quote by John Lennon:

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

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