Thursday, December 09, 2010

John Lennon MBE (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)

Thirty years ago on the 8th of December at around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm. Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.

The following photos are of my Uncle Don sitting alongside John Lennon at the BBC studios. John Lennon being the perfectionist he was had arrived early and they were working on setting up camera angles in readyness for a live TV performance that was broadcast in 1967.
My Uncle died in 1990 just before our wedding.
May they both rest in peace, both losses felt in many ways.

Here is the resulting video fimed Live at the BBC in 1967
with extra footage, I've never seen before. enjoy


  1. Absolutely fabulous!! Loved it. If only the whole world thought like that . . .

  2. Anonymous10:48 am

    This was so good. Was that Mick Jagger I saw towards the end? Possibly some other Rolling Stones wearing the billboards at the end too? Rivalry forgotten for a great song.


  3. I watched it again Bridget and yes I believe it was Mick Jagger :D

  4. Yes,that was Mick Jagger! The two bands were very good friends,the Beatles even gave them the song "I Wanna Be Your Man,"which was one of The Stones' first hits (I believe).
    We are HUGE Beatles'fans and I am very impressed that your uncle worked with the Beatles,especially this broadcast,which was the first live broadcast shown around the world.One of the most important moments in music and television!
    So sorry you lost your's to his memory,and John's as well.

  5. It's pretty awesome eh Donna, my Uncle sitting next to the man himself.


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