08 December 2005

It Was 25 Years Ago Today

...that John Lennon was murdered, of course.

I remember seeing the front page of the Evansville Courier on Dec. 9. I wasn't a Beatles fan at that point, but I still understood the magnitude of his life and work. At the time, I obsessively listened to Casey Kasem's Top 40 countdown every Sunday morning and Lennon's "Starting Over" had peaked and was falling off the singles chart, but after his death, it went #1, sadly and literally with a bullet.

One wonders what might have happened had Lennon survived the shooting or even better, not been shot at all. Maybe Lennon was lucky, in a perverse way -- he never had to slide into middle aged mediocrity and irrelevance like all the other '60s artists.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that there are maybe a few (very few) "'60's artists" that have shaken off their "middle aged mediocrity and irrelevance.

Mr. Terrific

Abba Believer said...

Where to slide from Beatles but mediocrity? Lennon already sliding down. But don't be Vitamin Cynic...new Macca album is a good listen.