Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Pete Best were among those that brought a tribute to John Lennon, singer and guitarist for the Beatles, on the 40th anniversary of the musician’s death.
Music fans were reminded today of one of the saddest moments in the history of modern music. On December 8th, 1980, John Lennon died . He was shot dead in front of his New York home.
A deranged fan carried out the senseless killing. Lennon had interacted with him earlier in the day, even signing a copy of the album Double Fantasy, the musician’s final studio offering.
Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, who collaborated with the musician on many of his post-Beatles project lead the tributes. Ono quoted the singer’s famous line “Imagine all the people living life in peace“.
John Lennon’s two sons, Julian and Sean, both established musicians in their own right, also marked the occasion.
Former Beatle, and one half of rock music’s most celebrated songwriting partnership, Paul McCartney also remembers his friend whom he met as a youngster back in Liverpool.
The Beatles’ two drummers, Pete Best and Ringo Starr also had kind words to share about Lennon and his music. Starr concluded by issuing a public request that all radio stations play Strawberry Fields Forever. The song a Lennon/McCartney composition inspired by the late-singer’s childhood spent in Liverpool.