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Flashback: John Lennon Ends Retirement And Releases ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’

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It was 38 years ago today (October 23rd, 1980) that John Lennon’s “comeback” single “(Just Like) Starting Over” was released, breaking Lennon’s then-five year hiatus from recording. Lennon had devoted himself to becoming a self proclaimed “house husband” following the birth of his and Yoko Ono’s son Sean in 1975. “(Just Like) Starting Over” was a teaser for the forthcoming joint album between him and Yoko called Double Fantasy, which was released on November 17th. It was the last song completed for the album, using portions of Lennon’s unfinished songs “My Life” and “The Worst Is Over.”

At the time of the song’s release, Lennon recalled how he immediately knew that the song had commercial potential: “It was obvious because it was the one where the musicians got very loose. Because it was so simple rock n’ roll, there was no prob — y’know, they really relaxed and they’d all be like that after it. Even though I don’t think it’s the strongest track, perhaps, but ‘Starting Over’ was the best way to start over. And to me, it was like going back to 15 and singing ala (Elvis) Presley (sings, imitating Elvis), like that. And it’s a kind of parody, but not really a parody.” Starting Over” marked only Lennon’s second solo Number One, following 1974’s “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night,” and stands as the 12th U.S. chart-topper by a solo Beatle.

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