Magazine article Newsweek

The Last Day in the Life: WHEN THE MUSIC DIED: On Nov. 17, 1980, John Lennon Emerged from Five Years of Househusbandry with "Double Fantasy," a Collaboration with His Wife, Yoko Ono. on Dec. 8, a Deranged Fan Shot Him to Death on the Sidewalk in Front of the Dakota Building, in Manhattan

Magazine article Newsweek

The Last Day in the Life: WHEN THE MUSIC DIED: On Nov. 17, 1980, John Lennon Emerged from Five Years of Househusbandry with "Double Fantasy," a Collaboration with His Wife, Yoko Ono. on Dec. 8, a Deranged Fan Shot Him to Death on the Sidewalk in Front of the Dakota Building, in Manhattan

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When John and I were making "Double Fantasy," we decided on a photo of us kissing for the cover. The record company said, "It would be better if it's just John, looking like he's a bachelor and available." So I reported that to John. I said, "What are you going to do?" He said, "Are you kidding? From now on, we're not going to release any photo without the two of us in it--and, in fact, without the two of us looking at each other. Not a one!" I just had to laugh a little. But, of course, that never happened. It was a different time after John died.

The day John died, we were in the studio, working on "Walking on Thin Ice." We were waiting for the engineers to change the tape or whatever they do, and John said something very nice to me that I've always remembered. I'm not going to repeat it. I tried to look like I wasn't impressed. I said, "Oh, really?" I just looked away. But I was impressed. I was touched. I thought, Here I am over 40 and my husband is still saying these nice things. Later, when we were getting into the car, I said, "Shall we go to a restaurant or something? Shall we get a bite before we go home?" John said, "No. I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep." And he never saw Sean.

The first thing I did when I got back from the hospital was to ask my assistant to call Paul and Julian and John's Aunt Mimi. I thought that they should know. I'm sure that that remark is not going to make George and Ringo happy, but that was the first instinct I had. Mimi's phone was just totally busy, and we couldn't get through to the others either. …

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