It’s been 37 years today (Oct 23rd, 1980) that John Lennon released ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ which broke his then-five year hiatus from recording. Lennon had declared himself a devoted ‘house husband’ following the birth of his son Sean in 1975. Double Fantasy would be later released on November 17th. (Just Like) Starting Over was the last song finished for the record and was a mash up between two of his unfinished songs ‘My Life’ and ‘The Worst Is Over’.
Prior to Lennon hitting the studio in early August 1980, Lennon had Producer Jack Douglas transcribe his demos and was rehearsing the musicians in secret, with none of them knowing who they would be recording with. The night before the first session, all the players finally gathered at Lennon’s apartment at the Dakota for a makeshift and loose rehearsal of the songs.
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