Monday, December 8, 2008
John Lennon Killed: 28 Years Ago Today...
28 years ago today, the world lost one of the greatest musical/political minds of all time. John Lennon has left an indelible mark on our society and on our souls in the years since his death. December 8th is an annual reminder for me to take a moment and remember this man for everything he created/changed in only 40 years on the planet. Like many people, I have been obsessed with the man from a very early age. My first conscience memory of John Lennon was seeing the "Imagine" video on the early days of MTV. I have been transformed ever since. The world certainly misses Lennon, but is immensely grateful to have had him for the short amount of time that we did.
John Lennon was an English rock musician who gained worldwide fame as one of the founders of The Beatles, for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism. He was shot four times (the fifth shot missed) by Mark David Chapman in the entrance hallway of the building where he lived, The Dakota, on December 8th, 1980; Lennon had just returned from the Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.
Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where it was stated that nobody could have lived for very long after sustaining such injuries. Even though Lennon arrived at the hospital with virtually no pulse a team of doctors attempted desperately to save his life using various medical procedures. Blood transfusions as well as heart massage was attempted in an effort to save his life. Shortly after local news stations reported Lennon's death, crowds gathered at Roosevelt Hospital and in front of The Dakota.
My Top 5 Favorite John Lennon Songs:
3. "Jealous Guy"
4. "Instant Karma"
5. "Watching the Wheels"
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