It was 38 years ago Sunday (November 17th, 1980), that John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their comeback album Double Fantasy. The collection marked Lennon's first release since his self-imposed five-year retirement from the music business in 1975, during which time he had become a self described "house husband" in Manhattan raising the couple's son Sean, while Yoko managed the couple's finances.

At the time of the album's release, Lennon did an interview with Playboy magazine in which he said that his songs on Double Fantasy came rushing out of him all at once. Contrary to what Lennon told the magazine, most of the music on Double Fantasy actually dated back several years, and it was not the only music he composed during his "retirement." Lennon had begun recording demos in 1976 for a pair of projects that never saw the light of day -- an unrealized seventh studio album called Between The Lines, and a musical based on his life with Yoko, called The Ballad Of John And Yoko, named after the 1969 Beatles song. Music and lyrics from both unfinished projects found their way into Lennon's 1980 songs.

Legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen took many of the most iconic shots of Lennon during the 1970's. He shed some light on Lennon's reclusive househusband years when the entire world was wondering why he had abandoned recording music: "Y'know, seeing him, he really had dedicated himself to raising his child, he really had kind of withdrawn from the business. He had a very, very, very intense involvement with -- y'know, from the Beatles on -- being managed by Allen Klein, one of the most powerful managers in the world. I think when that was finally settled in '77, when they signed off on that, and after that, he was kind of free and I think kind of enjoying not having any commitments to business and to companies. And wanted to learn what it was like to have a life." Starting Over" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of five weeks, while Double Fantasy went on to top the album charts for eight weeks.

After Lennon's death, two other singles were released from Double Fantasy -- "Woman," which went to Number Two, and "Watching The Wheels," which peaked at Number Ten.

On February 24th, 1982, Double Fantasy went on to receive the 1981 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. The ceremony marked six-year-old Sean Lennon's first public appearance, when he accompanied his mother to the podium to collect the award.

In 1984, Ono released Milk And Honey, which included the additional songs she and Lennon had recorded during the 1980 sessions. The album peaked at Number 11 on the charts, with the single "Nobody Told Me" hitting Number Five and becoming Lennon's final Top Ten solo hit.

In celebration of Lennon's 70th birthday in October 2010, Double Fantasy was reissued with Double Fantasy Stripped Down -- a new remix by Jack Douglas, which peels away layers of overdubs and vocal tracks to showcase the true essence of Lennon's final work. Still, there are multiple solo demo versions of nearly all of Lennon's tracks that ended up on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey that have remained unreleased.

On June 23rd, 2013 Yoko Ono performed Double Fantasy, with son Sean Lennon, Patti Smith, Boy George, Siouxsie Sioux, and Double Fantasy lead guitarist Earl Slick, among others at London's Royal Festival Hall to close out her nine-day UK Meltdown Festival.

AUDIO: STEPHEN BARD ON 'WATCHING THE WHEELS'
AUDIO: CYNTHIA LENNON ON DOUBLE FANTASY
AUDIO: STEPHEN BARD ON 'DOUBLE FANTASY'
AUDIO: FRED SEAMAN ON JOHN LENNON RECORDING 'DOUBLE FANTASY' OVERDUBS
AUDIO: FRED SEAMAN ON JOHN LENNON ORIGINAL CONCEPT OF 'DOUBLE FANTASY'
AUDIO: JACK DOUGLAS ON RELATIONSHIP WITH JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO
AUDIO: JACK DOUGLAS ON JOHN LENNON AND THE HIT FACTORY
AUDIO: FRED SEAMAN ON JOHN LENNON ON PICKING JACK DOUGLAS AS A PRODUCER
AUDIO: YOKO ONO ON JOHN LENNON'S 'DOUBLE FANTASY' SONGS
AUDIO: ELVIS COSTELLO ON JOHN LENNON'S FINAL SONGS
AUDIO: FRED SEAMAN ON JOHN LENNON INTENDING 'DOUBLE FANTASY' AS A SOLO ALBUM
AUDIO: JOHN LENNON ON RETIRING
AUDIO: BOB GRUEN ON JOHN LENNON LIVING A NORMAL LIFE