Milk and Honey was intended as a sequel to Double Fantasy, the collaboration between the husband and wife team of John Lennon and Yoko Ono that had been released in November 1980.
The original plan was to finish the second album at the beginning of 1981 and release it that spring. However, when the former Beatle was murdered just weeks after Double Fantasy’s release, all bets were off.
Some people speculated that Milk and Honey might never be finished, and that it would remain unheard in the record company’s vaults. However, after three years, Ono went back to the unfinished tapes and completed work on the album.
Though it received lukewarm reviews, people were happy to have the opportunity to hear Lennon again, and Milk and Honey went on to sell half a million copies.