John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman on 8 December 1980 in New York City. In May 1981, George Harrison released All Those Years Ago a single written about Harrisons time with The Beatles. It was recorded the month before Lennon's death, with Starr on drums, and was later overdubbed with new lyrics as a tribute to Lennon. Paul and Linda McCartney later contributed backing vocals to the track.
1988, The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a group during their first year of eligibility. On the night of their induction, Harrison and Starr appeared to accept their award along with Lennons widow Yoko Ono and his two sons. McCartney stayed away, issuing a press release citing unresolved difficulties with Harrison, Starr, and Lennons estate. Solo Beatles later inducted were Lennon in 1994, McCartney in 1999 and Harrison in 2004. In February 1994, the three surviving Beatles reunited to produce and record additional music for a few of Lennons home recordings. Free as a Bird premiered as part of The Beatles Anthology series of television documentaries and was released as a single in December 1995, with Real Love following in March 1996. These songs were also included in the three Anthology collections of CDs released in 1995 and 1996, each of which consisted of two CDs of neverbeforereleased Beatles material. Klaus Voormann, who had known The Beatles since their Hamburg days and had previously illustrated the Revolver album cover, directed the Anthology cover concept. 450,000 copies of Anthology 1 were sold on its first day of release. In 2000, the compilation album 1 was released, containing almost every numberone single released by the band from 1962 to 1970. The collection sold 3.6 million copies in its first week selling 3 copies a second and more than 12 million in three weeks worldwide. The collection also reached number one in the United States and 33 other countries, and had sold 25 million copies by 2005
In the late 1990s, George Harrison was diagnosed with lung cancer. He succumbed to the disease on 29 November 2001.
In 2007, reports circulated that McCartney was hoping to complete Now and Then, the third Lennon track the band worked on during the Anthology sessions, as a Lennon McCartney composition by writing new verses, laying down a new drum track recorded by Starr, and utilizing archival recordings of Harrison's guitar work. Towards the end of 2007, the surviving members of The Beatles and relatives of John Lennon and George Harrison were asked to go to Israel and be part of Israels 60th anniversary celebration. This was 43 years after the group was banned from performing there. Lawyers for the Beatles sued on March 21, 2008 to prevent the distribution of unreleased recordings purportedly made during Ringo Starrs first performance with the group in 1962. The dispute between Apple Corps Ltd. and Fuego Entertainment Inc. of Miami Lakes stems from recordings apparently made during a performance at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.