JOHN LENNON "(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER" (1980)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
This was John Lennon's first new material to be released for around five years. The song originally peaked at #8 and
fell to #21, but following Lennon's murder by a deranged fan, it then went straight to #1 (up from #21) on 14th December. The single also topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. for five weeks, making this John's biggest hit here.
However, John was cruelly pushed off the top spot the following week by St. Winifred's School Choir with the irritating and vomit-inducing There's No One Quite Look Grandma who claimed the prestigious Christmas No.1. However, Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over) reached #4 the same week, jumping from #45 the previous week.
During January 1981, three Lennon songs made it into the Top 5 in the UK singles charts, with Woman staying at #1 for two weeks.