40 Years Ago Today, John & Yoko Released 'Double Fantasy'

Released on this day in 1980, Double Fantasy is the seventh and final studio album released by John Lennon during his lifetime. Though initially poorly received, Lennon was murdered three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards. Double Fantasy (subtitled A Heart Play) was a collection of songs wherein husband and wife would conduct a musical dialogue. The album took its title from a species of freesia, seen in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, whose name Lennon regarded as a perfect description of his marriage to Ono. 

The album was preceded by the single "(Just Like) Starting Over." Originally peaking at number 8 in the UK chart, after Lennon's death the single reached number one, and the album jumped to number 1 in the US Billboard chart, where it stayed for eight weeks, and in the UK, it jumped to number 2, where it remained for seven weeks before finally spending two weeks at number 1.