James Taylor: I Met Lennon’s Killer Day Before The Murder

In an interview with BBC’s Tom Brook, singer/songwriter James Taylor reveals how he met John Lennon‘s assassin Mark David Chapman the day before the murder on December 8, 1980. “His assassin had buttonholed me in the tube station…He pinned me to the wall, glistening with maniacal sweat, and tried to talk in some freak speech about what he was gonna do, and stuff about how John was interested and how he was gonna get in touch with John Lennon. It was surreal to have contact with the guy 24 hours before he shot John.”

You can watch the clip below. Watch Tom Brook’s full interview with James Taylor here.


Also: check out Tom Brook’s Lennon piece that aired on last night’s BBC World News America . It includes interview bites from Taylor, Bono, Yoko Ono, John and Yoko’s son Sean Lennon, and, interestingly, the doctor who attempted to resuscitate Lennon at Roosevelt Hospital the night of the shooting.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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