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DescriptionJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono Double Fantasy LP Inner Sleeve Signed on December 8, 1980, with Added Caricatures (Geffen GHS 2001, 1980). A notched promo copy of this, Lennon's seventh studio album, with the inner sleeve signed in blue felt tip: "To KCPX Love, Yoko Ono" and "John Lennon [added caricatures of him and Yoko] 1980". Double Fantasy was released on November 17, 1980, after Lennon's five year hiatus from recording while he helped raise his son Sean. The album was a combination of Lennon and Ono songs, arranged in alternating order, essentially a musical dialogue between these two soulmates. Naturally, there were a number of interviews given in order to promote the new record. One of those interviews took place on the afternoon of December 8, 1980, with Dave Sholin of RKO Radio Network and Bert Keane, National Promotion Director for Warner/ Geffen Records. It was at that 2½-hour interview that Keane had John and Yoko sign this record for his friend Gary Waldron of KCPX radio in Salt Lake City. On December 16th, Keane sent it to Waldron with a note that read: "Gary, A special signature for a special friend. Have a great holiday! My love to the family, Bert". Waldron had been planning to use it as a "give away" promotional item, but with the tragic event that occurred later that fateful December day, he decided that he couldn't possibly part with it at that time. His decision to keep the album in his collection for many years has led to your chance to bid on this overwhelmingly sentimental and important collectible, one of the very last autographs John Lennon ever signed. The above-mentioned note is included as well as a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Bert Keane explaining the sequence of events that day (transcribed on our website), and a newspaper article regarding the album from The Salt Lake Tribune. Don't miss out on this historical piece.
"On December 8, 1980, I was employed by Warner Brothers Records in Burbank, California. My title was National Promotion Director. W.B. Records was responsible for manufacturing, distribution and promotion of Geffen Records. On that day, W.B. Records, Geffen Records and RKO Radio Network had scheduled an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in conjunction with the recently released album Double Fantasy. The interview was conducted by Dave Sholin from RKO. I accompanied Sholin to the residence of John and Yoko, the Dakota apartment building at 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City. Also with us were Ron Hummel and Laurie Kaye from RKO.
"We arrived before noon and spoke with John and Yoko for approximately 2 ½ hours. After the interview, I had John autograph the album for Gary Waldron of KCPX radio station which he did on the inner sleeve. We took some pictures and proceeded outside. (I believe these were the last pictures John ever posed for) John's limousine was not available so he and Yoko asked if I could give them a ride in mine. Before we got into the car, we were approached by Mark Chapman and I asked John to give him an autograph. John autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman and then we took off to the recording studio. Dave Sholin was in the limo with the three of us.
"A few short hours later, and subsequent to the recording session, John and Yoko returned to the Dakota and John was murdered.
"On December 16, 1980 I mailed the album to Gary Waldron at KCPX radio in Salt Lake City.
[signed] Bert Keane"
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