John Lennon died on this day in 1980. We miss him.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on 8 December 1980, Lennon autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for fan Mark David Chapman before leaving The Dakota with Ono for a recording session at the Record Plant. After the session, Lennon and Ono returned to their Manhattan apartment in a limousine at around 10:50 p.m. EST. They exited the vehicle and walked through the archway of the building when Chapman shot Lennon twice in the back and twice in the shoulder at close range. Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to the emergency room of Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. (EST)
He lived the outlaw lifestyle that others only sang about.
‘Cause movin’s in my soul, i guess a gypsy boy got a hold
Of somebody in my family long ago
If some night while half asleep you hear the back door softly squeak
You’ll touch my empty pillow, then you’ll know
That restless wind, is calling me again
– Billy Joe Shaver (from “Restless Wind” (one of his best songs))
«He’s a real writer like Hemingway. He’s timeless»
– Kris Kristofferson
“Billy Joe was already there before anybody was talking about an outlaw movement”
– Steve Earle
«Billy Joe is unique. One of a kind. They threw away the mold. The best.»
– Robert Duvall
I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver And i’m reading James Joyce
-Bob Dylan (I Feel a Change Comin’ On)
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947, died Jan 10 2016), known by his stage name David Bowie, record producer and arranger. A major figure for over four decades in the world of popular music, Bowie is widely regarded as an innovator. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and considerable eclecticism of his work.
“We aren’t particularly talented. We try harder!”
“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed”
― Joe Strummer
“I remember playing shows [with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the ‘80s] and looking out [thinking] I didn’t have that many fans coming to see me,” he says. “They were coming to see Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn, December 1997)
“Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after he was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest
Update: Now it is confirmed by Tom Petty’s family that their father, brother, husband and friend died peacefully at 20:40 local time – AFP
UPDATE: We’re told after Petty got to the hospital he had no brain activity and a decision was made to pull life support.” – TMZ.com
Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.
UPDATE: The confusions started when CBS and TMZ published about Tom Petty’s death after tweeting that the LAPD had confirmed it.
“Coroner’s officials said Monday they have not received a report of Petty’s death. Fire officials have said they responded to an emergency call for a man experiencing cardiac arrest on the block where Petty lives in Malibu on Sunday night, but could not confirm it was the rocker who was taken to a local hospital.
…the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death Monday retracted their stories later Monday. The Walk of Fame tribute was canceled.” – Billboard