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US single release: (Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon

John Lennon’s single ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ was released in the USA on 23 October 1980.

The b-side was Yoko Ono’s song ‘Kiss Kiss Kiss’. Both songs also appeared on their Double Fantasy album, which was released on 17 November.

(Just Like) Starting Over single artwork - John Lennon

‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ was Lennon’s much-anticipated comeback following five years away from the public eye.

We knew that song would be the first single. I love ‘Starting Over’, but when I hear it now it just chokes me up a bit because it’s how we felt at the time. We really thought that we were starting over and it didn’t work out that way.
Yoko Ono
Starting Over, Ken Sharp

The record was heavily promoted, with US record stores using countertop cardboard display boxes, and 21″x8″ posters being sent out to UK shops. A promotional 12″ single lasting an extra 23 seconds was issued to radio stations, and has since become a collector’s item.

‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ became Lennon’s biggest solo hit in the United States. At the time of his death it was at number six in the Billboard Hot 100. The following week it climbed two places, and it topped the chart during the week ending 27 December 1980.

Last updated: 9 July 2021
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