It Was Over 35 Years Ago Today, John Lennon Lost His Life

When John Lennon was killed by a mad man (I refuse to use his name.), I barely had any idea of his musical genius. I distinctively remember watching it on the news. I couldn’t grasp why a crazed fan would kill his hero.

I had heard the Beatles and some of his solo stuff but it wasn’t until later when I became a true music junkie that he impacted me.

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

Today is the 35th anniversary of his demise and I would like to share mostly for my kids my favorite songs by John. These are in no particular order.

“Watching the Wheels” From: ‘Double Fantasy’

“Imagine” From: ‘Imagine’ (1971)

“Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” Single (1970)

“(Just Like) Starting Over” From: ‘Double Fantasy’ (1980)

“Nobody Told Me” From: ‘Milk and Honey’ (1984)

“Woman” From: ‘Double Fantasy’ (1980)

“Working Class Hero” From: ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ (1970)

‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ From ‘Help!’ (1965)

‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’ From ‘Rubber Soul’ (1965)

Strawberry Fields Forever’ From ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ (1967)

Photo Credits: John Lennon from John Lennon Archive  ©Yoko Ono