Anniversary of John Lennon's Death: 12/8
Posted 12/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death – December 8th, 1980

Conversation Starters

  • Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the loss of John Lennon. Pay your respects to the late artist below.
  • On this day in 1980, the world lost one of the greatest musical artists of all time. We remember, John Lennon.
  • It’s been 32 years since John Lennon tragically died. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: October 9th, 1940
  • Location: Liverpool, England, UK
  • Date of Death: December 8th, 1980
  • Full Name: John Winston Lennon
  • Born to father Alfred Lennon and Mother Julia Stanley, his parents divorced and John lived with his mom’s sister or “Aunt Mimi”
  • In 1962 John married Cynthia Powell and had one son, John Charles Julian Lennon; the two divorced in 1968
  • John met Yoko Ono in 1966 and the two married in 1969 on the island of Gibraltar. Together they had one son – Sean Taro Ono Lennon

Fast Facts (Lennon Solo)

  • At a young age John learned how to play the piano and banjo, he then bought his first guitar
  • At 16, after learning about Elvis Presley, John went on to create a band called “Quarry Men”
  •  Paul McCartney joined the group in 1957 after meeting John at a church concert; George Harrison joined the following year and Ringo Starr would join around two years later
  • The Quarry Men later became The Beatles, a band Lennon would enjoy extreme success with from 1960 through their disbandment in 1969
  • In 1966, Lennon famously said that the Beatles were “More popular than Jesus” which sparked tons of uproar and album burnings across the U.S.
  • Lennon met Yoko Ono at a preview of her art show in London in 1966
  • Lennon made his first appearance away from the band in the film “How I Won the War” which premiered in 1967; he also wrote “Strawberry Fields Forever” while filming
  • The Plastic Ono Band was created with the partnership of Lennon and Ono; the two started peace rallies and protests
  • Lennon and Ono were both arrested for possession of marijuana in 1968
  • That same year the two released their first album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins; the cover featured both of them posing naked and was banned from distribution
  • Lennon and Ono were married in 1969, and John changed his name to John Ono Lennon
  • In 1970, Lennon released first of his solo works:  Plastic Ono Band
  • Imagine was released in 1971, which became Lennon’s most commercially successful work as a solo artist
  • Lennon and Ono moved the U.S. in September of 1971 and were granted residency in 1976 after a long immigration battle
  • In 1972, Lennon performed at Madison Square Garden to benefit Willowbrook School in NYC
  • During the immigration battle, Lennon and Ono separated. Lennon went to Los Angeles, and released albums “Mind Games,” “Walls and Bridges” and “Rock and Roll”
  • In 1975 Lennon and Ono got back together and had a son named Sean Taro Ono Lennon on Johns 35th Birthday
  • In 1980, John released “Just Like Starting Over”; his first single in over 5 years. The LP Double Fantasy was released that same year
  • On December 8th, 1980,Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman in front of his apartment in New York; he died at the age of 40
  • In 1981, Lennon and Ono’s album Double Fantasy received the Grammy award for Album of the Year
  • In 1984, New York City’s Central Park dedicated an area in the park to John Lennon named “Strawberry Fields”
  • On John’s 50th birthday in 1990, “Imagine” was broadcast in over 120 countries simultaneously
  • In 1992, Lennon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994; Yoko Ono accepted the award for John

Awards/Honors

  • Grammys
    • 1992 – Lifetime Achievement award – John Lennon
    • 1981 – Album of the year – Double Fantasy
    • 1970 – Best Original score written for a motion picture or a T.V. special – Let it Be
    • 1967 – Album of the year – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • 1967 – Best Contemporary album - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • 1966 – Song of the year – Michelle
    • 1964 – Best performance by a vocal group – A Hard Day’s Night
    • 1964 -  Best new artist of 1964 – Beatles
    • In 2002, BBC named Lennon #8 in the list of “100 Greatest Britons”
    • Rolling Stone Magazine named Lennon #5 on the list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”
    • Rolling Stone Magazine named Lennon #38 on the list of “100 Greatest Artist of All Time”
    • Rolling Stone Magazine has a list of “100 Greatest Beatles Songs”
    • Rolling Stone Magazine listed Lennon’s album “Imagine” #80 and “Plastic Ono Band” #23 on the list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”
    • Inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987
    • Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 with the Beatles

Discography (solo)

  • Plastic Ono Band – 1970
  • Imagine – 1971
  • Some Time in New York City – 1972
  • Mind Games -1973
  • Wall & Bridges – 1974
  • Rock ‘N Roll – 1975
  • Shaved Fish – 1975
  • Double Fantasy – 1980
  • The John Lennon Collection – 1982
  • Milk and Honey  - 1984
  • Live in New York City – 1986
  • Men love Ave. – 1986
  • Imagine: John Lennon – 1988
  • Lennon – 1990
  • Lennon Legend The Very Best of John Lennon – 1997
  • John Lennon Anthology – 1998
  • Wonsaponatime – 1998
  • Instant Karma: All Time Greatest Hits – 2001
  • Acoustic – 2004
  • Peace, Love & Truth – 2005
  • Working Class Hero; The Definitive Lennon – 2005
  • The U.S. vs. John Lennon – 2006
  • Remember – 2006
  • Gimme Some Truth – 2010
  • Power to the People: The Hits -2010
  • John Lennon Signature Box – 2010

Chart History (Billboard Hot 100/Billboard 200)

Billboard Hot 100 (singles)

  • “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” - #1 – Nov. 16th, 1974
  • “Just Like Starting Over” - #1 – Dec. 27th, 1980
  • “Woman” - #2 – March 21st, 1981
  • “Imagine” - #3 – Nov. 13th, 1971
  • Nobody told me - #5 – March 3rd, 1984
  • “Dream” - #9 – Feb. 22nd, 1975
  • “Watching the Wheels” - #10 – May 23rd, 1981
  • “Power to the People” - #11 – May 1st, 1971
  • “Mind Games” - #18 – Dec. 29th, 1973
  • “Stand By Me” - #20 – April 26th, 1975
  • “Mother” - #43 – Jan. 30th, 1971
  • I’m Steppin’ Out” - #55 – April 21st, 1984
  • “Jealous Guy” - #80 – Oct. 22nd, 1988

Billboard 200 (albums)

  • Double Fantasy - #1 – Oct. 23rd, 2010
  • Imagine - #1 – Oct. 23rd, 2010
  • Power to the People: The Hits - #24 – Oct. 23rd,2010
  • Acoustic - #31 – Nov. 20th, 2004
  • Live in New York City - #41 – April 5th, 1986
  • John Lennon - #44 – Oct. 2nd, 2010
  • Lennon Legend the very best of John Lennon#65 – March 21st, 1998
  • John Lennon Anthology - #99 – Nov. 21st, 1998
  • Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon - #135 – Oct. 22nd, 2005

RIAA

  • December 2nd, 2008 – Lennon Legend The Very Best Of John LennonPlatinum
  • July 7th, 2001 – Live in New York CityGold
  • July 20th, 2001 – The John Lennon Collection3x Platinum
  • December 7th, 1998 – John Lennon AnthologyGold
  • November 27th, 1991 – Shaved Fish  - Platinum
  • November 26th, 1991 – Imagine2x Platinum
  • November 26th, 1991 – Rock ‘N RollGold
  • October 22nd, 1974 – Walls & BridgesGold
  • November 30th, 1973 – Mind GamesGold
  • January 28th, 1971 – Plastic Ono BandGold
  • December 14th, 1970 – Instant Karma - Gold

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