John Lennon’s final hours: Beatles star was ‘singing old rock and excited ...

JOHN LENNON's final hours were spent singing old rock tunes, being excited to record new material and generously signing fan autographs, shares the author of a new book on his last year in 1980.

PUBLISHED: 23:18, Fri, Dec 4, 2020 | UPDATED: 23:18, Fri, Dec 4, 2020

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John Lennon was shot dead on December 8, 1980, 40 years ago this month, so The Beatles star has almost been gone as long as he was alive. Despite his life being cut tragically short, it’s comforting for fans to know that John was having a lovely day in his final hours, according to the author of a new book on his last year. John and Yoko Ono had given a Rolling Stone magazine photoshoot for Annie Leibovitz before the singer-songwriter had his final interview that afternoon with San Francisco DJ Dave Sholin.

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Speaking with Express.co.uk, Kenneth Womack, author of John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life, said: “When Sholin completed the interview that afternoon they all went outside.

“They were waiting for their van, I guess, to take them to the airport because they had all their sound equipment.

“And John and Yoko were waiting for the limo so that they could go to the Record Plant.”

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Well, it turns out that that limo never turned up.

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Womack continued: “So Dave Sholin said, ‘Well why don’t you guys just jump in, we’ll drop you off on the way there?’

The author pointed out that back in those days you didn’t have to worry about the six hours it takes to get on a plane, you could walk on with your cigarette, so

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