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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
Nashville Banner - August 17, 1977 - 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.
Middle: A photograph of the John Lennon tribute t-shirt purchased at the vigil for Lennon,
just days after the vigil.
Right: Myself (Pat Adams) shown with that same t-shirt in 2008