"Ask Americans over age 40 where they were when they heard the news the night of Dec. 8, 1980, and there’s no need to explain further.
Count Central New York musicians Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Paul Davie among those who, with a shiver of sadness, can recall that evening 30 years ago Wednesday that John Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman outside the former Beatles’ Dakota apartment building near Central Park.
Frenay and Lenin were recording with their band Screen Test at a studio in Cazenovia.
Rodgers was attending high school in New Hampshire, a 16-year-old already hooked by the Beatles and fascinated with making music.
Davie was at home in Sidney, east of Oneonta, crying himself to sleep with a transistor radio hidden from his parents under his pillow. The 15-year-old was venting his sorrow by listening to Buffalo Top 40 radio station WKBW."
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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