The United States government wasn’t very welcoming to the ex-Beatle. Several attempts were made to deport him on the strength of a 1968 cannabis conviction in London, but the threat he posed was more about growing political awareness than drugs (though the two were closely related). The Nixon Administration weren’t amused by their hairy guest, who by now had moved to New York and released the epic “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with the Plastic Ono Band. Unfortunately for Nixon, he was engulfed by far bigger fish and his successor, Gerald Ford, overturned the deportation order. The times they were-a-changin’; in 1977 John and Yoko even attended Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball.
The Dakota building was already a veritable hive of celebrity when the Ono-Lennons moved in, with their son Sean. There are accounts of the family bringing sushi to a 1975 potluck supper, and of Lennon’s protectiveness towards son Sean. Lennon said often that he loved New York because people left him alone. Around 10:50 pm on the evening of December 8th, 1980, he was shot at five times by his murderer. Four of the shots hit him. The hollow-point bullets struck him on the left side of his shoulder and back, destroying his internal organs and opening up several torrents of blood. Rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, gurgling incoherently on the back seat of a police car, the most controversial Beatle lost over 80% of total blood volume. By some interesting coincidence, the Beatles’ “All My Loving” began on the hospital’s sound system as John Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Stephan Lynn.