1980 – Tim Hardin dies from a heroin overdose just six days after his 39th birthday. Although he wrote Rod Stewart’s hit “Reason to Believe” and “If I Were a Carpenter,” which was a hit for both Bobby Darin and the Four Tops, he had not recorded an album of his own since 1973.
1980 – Irving Spice, who played violin on records by the Monkees and Grover Washington Jr., dies.
1980 – In the wake of John Lennon’s death, both the album Double Fantasy and the single “(Just Like) Starting Over” sit atop the American charts.
1980 – An album called “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” was released by Stiff Records. The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(Just Like) Starting Over,” John Lennon. The song reaches No. 1 18 days after Lennon is shot to Deaths in New York City.
1980 – Motorhead’s bassist Philthy Taylor amuses friends after a gig in Belfast by showing them how he can bounce on his head. He ends up breaking a bone in his neck in the process.
1980 – Yoko Ono calls for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for her husband, John Lennon, who was shot to Deaths six days earlier.
1980 – On this day in rock history… John Lennon’s body is cremated in New York.
1980 – David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon on This Day in Rock Music History! John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, the most commercially successful […]
1980 – John Lennon is shot to Deaths outside of his New York City home by Mark David Chapman. His biggest hit is “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which was released the month before his Deaths and becomes a million-selling No. 1 song. As part of the Beatles he is inducted into the Rock and Roll […]
1980 – In the studio, John Lennon mixes “Walking on Thin Ice.” He’s also interviewed by British DJ Andy Peebles. Mark David Chapman arrives in New York after flying there from Honolulu. He checks into a YMCA nine blocks from John Lennon’s apartment.
1980 – John Lennon gives his final Rolling Stone interview to Jonathan Cott. Mark David Chapman leaves Honolulu to fly to New York, where he will shoot John Lennon three days later.