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Vintage Nashville Newspapers #007
of News & Music Events from 1963-Present
By Pat Adams
From the Nashville Banner / Memories by Pat Adams
New Yorkers Fight Tears During Vigil
This was one of the saddest days of my life, when John Lennon was radio
while taking a shower on that December 8, 1980 night.
Like many, The Beatles were a huge influence on myself. I grew up with
The Beatles music, and this was bad.
I sat up that night watching news reports until early in the morning.
Pictures shown include The Beatles & Ed Sullivan in 1964, Grieving Yoko
leaves hospital, Suspect escorted from police station & the Lennon's are
shown leaving the Dakota Apartments.
I had a chance to visit the Dakota Apartments in the mid-1980's.
I hope to post my video of that trip in the future.
Text from the Nashville Banner newspaper: Associated Press -
NEW YORK - A 25-year-old Hawaii man who apparently stalked John
Lennon for three days was held today on a charge of gunning down the
former Beatle, as the music world mourned the death of the legendary
songwriter and singer. The suspect, Mark David Chapman, was taken under
heavy guard to the Tombs prison in downtown Manhattan early today to
await arraignment.........
The crowd of mourners and curious rallied around a number of radios tuned
to New York station playing only Beatles music. New York police officer Jack
Kugan had patrolled the block in front of the apartments for five hours. "I've
never seen people react like this," the officer said. "The temperature has
been dropping and the wind has blown hard most of the night but many of
them have stood here for hours without coats or other winter clothing"..........

The Nashville Vigil for John Lennon
I remember going to the Nashville John Lennon vigil at the 103 KDF-FM
Studios on Second Avenue, just a few days after Lennon was murdered.
This was part of a world wide vigil requested by his widow Yoko One.
A band played the music of John Lennon & The Beatles on the radio station
rooftop. The vigil drew quite a crowd, and I still have the John Lennon
Memorial T-shirt that I purchased that day, although it no longer fits

See our TennesseeConcerts.com "The Beatles Tennessee Connections" page
featuring The Beatles in Tennessee
www.tennesseeconcerts.com/beatles
Nashville Banner - December 9, 1980 - Nashville Tennessee
Gunman Slays Lennon
Suspect In Custody
My (Pat Adams) trip to New York City's Dakota Apartments in the mid-1980's. Former Beatle
John Lennon was shot and killed while returning home to the Dakota on December 8, 1980
The World Trade Center buildings (shown on the right) were later destroyed by terrorists
Left: Myself video taping New York City with a distant Statue Of Liberty shown behind me.
And, the t-shirt that I bought at the Nashville John Lennon vigil back in December of 1980.
News Reports of John Lennon's Death
NBC News Special Report | 12.8.1980: John Lennon's Death
The special report from Monday, December 8, 1980.
John Lennon shot 12-8-80 Howard Cosell
tells the world twice John Lennon was dead

John Lennon was announced dead by Howard Cosell on a Monday Night Football game .
Miami Dolphins vs the Patriots... First time ever we bring you the TWO times Howard told
the world John was DEAD...Brought to you by Tom LaPorte, Top Line Productions TLP
John Lennon Shot | On the News 12/8/1980 - ABC News Coverage
The Beatles' musician John Lennon is killed outside of his New York apartment.
John Lennon Shot 12/8/1980 - ABC News Coverage
The Day John Lennon Died (full documentary)
"The Day John Lennon Died" (documentary 2010) is a look
at Lennon and his death through archival footage and interviews
.
CNN Special Report: Killing John Lennon (2015)
Reflecting on the 35th anniversary of Beatles icon John Lennon's
murder. CNN Special Report: Killing John Lennon. December 8, 2015
The Real John Lennon (full documentary)
Biographical documentary tracing John Lennon's life and music.
My Memories of The Death of John Lennon
by Pat Adams (Tennessee Concerts website editor)
I’ve been a Beatles fan since I was nine years old, after my brother
brought home a copy of Meet The Beatles. I’ve bought all of the
albums on 8-track, LP’s and CD’s.  When the Beatles broke up, I
was always a John Lennon solo fan, as well as all of The Beatles.
So, it was hard when I heard on the news thirty seven years ago at
almost 10:30 on December 8, 1980 that John Lennon had been
shot, not knowing if he had died or not. A few minutes later while
taking a shower, I heard on the news on the radio that John Lennon
had died. It was like a family member dying. I just remember
coming out of the shower and telling my (then) girlfriend that he
was dead. I just stayed up that night taping shows like Nightline,
that focused on the murder. He had just put out his first album
in five years (Double Fantasy) a few weeks before.
A few days later a nationwide vigil was held. Locally it was outside
the 103-KDF Radio Station in on Second Avenue South downtown
Nashville. The vigil was very sad, people were crying, news crews
were video taping it. And, it brought to the end any chance of The
Beatles getting back together again. I bought a John Lennon vigil t-
shirt that they were selling that day. I still have the t-shirt. Sad times!
John Lennon - "Imagine" Song Video