The Bruce Springsteen Song John Lennon Praised On His Last Day


Apart from working with the Beatles, John Lennon also collaborated with the love of his life, Yoko Ono. In 1980, he and Ono released their collaborative effort ‘Double Fantasy.’ Three weeks after its release, Lennon was shot and killed by a Beatles fan named Mark David Chapman.

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon also gave his last interview before his tragic passing. Speaking to RKO Radio Network’s DJ Dave Sholin and Laurie Kaye, Lennon revealed his opinion on Bruce Springsteen and praised one of The Boss’ songs.

Which Bruce Springsteen Effort Received John Lennon’s Last Praise?


On October 17, 1980, Bruce Springsteen released his fifth studio album, ‘The River.’ After the release, the album became Springsteen’s first record to top the Billboard Top LPs & Tape Chart. Moreover, it also spawned his first top ten single, titled ‘Hungry Heart.’

A week after Springsteen’s release, John Lennon also released the single ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ from the 1980 record ‘Double Fantasy.’ Speaking to RKO Radio Network for his last interview, Lennon resembled Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ to his ‘Starting Over.’

In the interview, John Lennon said that ‘Hungry Heart’ is great and has the same sound as his ‘Starting Over,’ which reflects a period. Mentioning The Cars’ song ‘Touch And Go’ as a ’50s song with an ’80s approach, Lennon then said ‘Starting Over’ also has the same styling.

Here is what John Lennon said about Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’:

“I’ll give you a for-instance: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ – which I think is a great record – is the same kind of period sound as ‘Starting Over.’

I think The Cars’ ‘Touch And Go’ is right out of the fifties. A lot of it is fifties stuff but with eighties styling, and that’s what I think ‘Starting Over’ is; it’s a fifties song made with an eighties approach.”

In another one of his last interviews, Lennon also touched upon Bruce Springsteen’s career path. According to the Beatles icon, he should prepare for when his fans no longer see him as a God. Although Lennon was concerned about Springsteen’s future, the 72-year-old singer still has a vast worldwide audience.

You can listen to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ below.