“All Those Years Ago” – Note
George Harrison song
Released May 11, 1981
Personal tribute to his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon
“You were the one they backed up to the wall
All those years ago
You were the one who imagined it all
All those years ago.”
“All Those Years Ago” – John Lennon
John Winston Lennon
Born October 9, 1940 – Died December 8, 1980
English Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Member of the Beatles
At around 10:50 p.m. (EST) on December 8, 1980, lone gunman Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the archway of the Dakota as Lennon and Ono returned to their Manhattan apartment from the Record Plant.
Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. (EST). Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.
Ono issued a statement the next day, saying “There is no funeral for John”, ending it with the words, “John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.”
His body was cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Yoko scattered his ashes in New York’s Central Park, where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created.
“All Those Years Ago” – List
On the night of December 8th, 1980 the world was stunned to hear the news that John Lennon was assassinated outside the Dakota Apartments in New York City. It was on that cold dark night that the music had stopped. There would be no more songs to be sung by one of the most iconic figures in music history.
In the years that would follow many of Lennon’s fans, friends and former band mates paid tribute by writing songs in his honor. There are many that have been recorded but, for John, we will round this list out to his favorite number – 9.
Chapman avoided going to trial when he ignored his attorney’s advice and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20-years-to-life.
In 2016, he was denied parole for a ninth time …
“All Those Years Ago” – George
A short clip from an interview for Swedish TV in December 1990. (Sorry I don’t have anymore from this interview.)
“You said it all though not many had ears
All those years ago
You had control of our smiles and our tears
All those years ago”
George Harrison tribute song to John Lennon.
Also published on Medium.