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I READ the news today oh boy. Today (8 December 2010) marks the 30th anniversary of legendary singer-songwriter John Lennon’s murder.

The former Beatle and his wife Yoko Ono were returning to their apartment in The Dakota building in New York City at around 10:50pm when Mark David Chapman shot 40 year-old Lennon four times in the back. He was rushed to the nearby Roosevelt Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07pm. Remarkable, earlier that day Lennon had signed a copy of his most recent album, Double Fantasy for Chapman who to this day is still serving a 20 years to life prison sentence. He has been denied parole repeatedly.

Now I’ve never claimed to be a great Beatles fan, but I do have a huge respect for their impact on the world of music. John Lennon also has a special place in my own hall of fame. After all he did write one of my favourite songs.

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