I have always been a fan of a certain portrait photographer, yes, Rolling Stone was an important teen read, but Annie was the reason for the subscriptions to Rolling Stone and later Vanity Fair.
On the afternoon of 8 December 1980, photographer Annie Leibovitz went to John Lennon’s New York apartment at 2:00pm for a photo session. Leibovitz suggested to Lennon that a photo with Ono would make the front cover of the magazine, but initially tried to get a picture with just John. Lennon then insisted that both he and his wife be on the cover shot, “What is interesting is she said she’d take her top off and I said, ‘Leave everything on’ — not really preconceiving the picture at all. Then he curled up next to her and it was very, very strong. You couldn’t help but feel that she was cold and he looked like he was clinging on to her. I think it was amazing to look at the first Polaroid and they were both very excited.”
Leibovitz left their apartment at 3:30pm.
At 5:00 pm, Lennon and Ono left their apartment to mix the song “Walking on thin Ice” at the Record Plant.
The 40-year-old was shot several times as he entered the Dakota, their luxury apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, opposite Central Park, at 11:00pm. He was rushed in a police car to St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he died.
8 December 1980 … just another day the music died.