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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.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.