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Playlist: THE DAY JOHN LENNON DIED

Compiled By: Paul Ingles

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John Lennon

...40 years since we lost a music legend and a voice for peace and love, Producer Paul Ingles offers his moving special for broadcast this December in either 59:00/54:00 or 29:00 lengths.

THE DAY JOHN LENNON DIED

December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan.

Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. 14 Lennon songs are woven into the mix.

The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

The Day John Lennon Died (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:56

Music fans recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them. Also, excerpts from an interview John and Yoko gave on the morning of the day he died. Great Lennon music too.

John-lennon_8_small December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The program also includes excerpts from an interview John and Yoko Ono gave the morning of December 8, The Day John Lennon Died.

"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith

"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin

"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer

"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello


The Day John Lennon Died

From Paul Ingles | 29:01

[An enhanced hour-long version of this program is posted here at PRX - http://www.prx.org/pieces/54843]

Music fans recall how they heard the news of John Lennon's death in 1980, and what Lennon's music has meant to them.

Lennon_small December 8, 1980, musician John Lennon was shot and killed outside of his apartment building in New York City by a deluded fan. Producer Paul Ingles asked various people to recall how they heard the news and what John Lennon's music meant to them. The 29 minute version includes several Lennon/Beatles classics mixed in with the reflections.

An 8:40 cut is provided for drop-in to news and music programs.

"...this guy comes running in and said 'John Lennon's been killed!' And I said, 'Yeah...right...' and he said 'no no it's true.' I looked more closely at him and saw that he was just ashen-faced. I went out into my car and turned the radio on. All the way across the dial, you heard Beatles songs. And it was as if...it was as if the world had stopped." - Martin Goldsmith

"...every time I would get off the subway at 72nd street and Central Park West...it's just like this...overwhelming sadness." - Shawn Colvin

"...the checkout lady said she'd heard John Lennon had been killed. She said it was either John Lennon or Jack Lemmon. And I remember going out to my car and wishing it was Jack Lemmon...but it was John Lennon." - Jim Palmer

"...I think about him, every time I do something political, every time I do something I beleive in or teach my child about what I belileve in. I don't want to put him up on a pedestal because he wasn't a perfect human. I just...I think about him." - Emily Zambello

This program was originally produced to mark the 20th anniversary of Lennon's death.