December 8, 1980 – John Lennon murdered

On this day in 1980 John Lennon was shot dead outside his Manhattan apartment by an obsessed fan, Mark Chapman. Together with Paul McCartney, he wrote some of the greatest and most successful pop songs of all time. The Beatles probably had more impact on pop music than any other group.

John Lennon was the ‘rocker’ in the partnership with McCartney, and his songs often reflected his political views. He protested against war and injustice, and became tired of the music industry, he decided to disband the Beatles in 1970. After a few solo albums, he retired to New York with his wife Yoko Ono. Many people blamed her for the breakup of the Beatles. I don’t believe this to be so, it’s more likely that Lennon had simply had enough.

I’ve put plenty of Beatles songs on this site for you to practise your English. Use the search box to find them, as they are deep in the archives now!

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