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Who was John Lennon?

John Winston Ono Lennon, (born John Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician, and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. 

In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued his career as a solo artist and as Ono’s collaborator.

John Lennon Biography, Wiki

John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, during a German air raid in World War II.

When he was four years old, Lennon’s parents separated and he ended up living with his Aunt Mimi. Lennon’s father was a merchant seaman. He was not present at his son’s birth and did not see a lot of his son when he was young.

Lennon’s mother, Julia, remarried but visited him and Mimi regularly. She taught Lennon how to play the banjo and the piano and purchased his first guitar. Lennon was devastated when Julia was fatally struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in July 1958. Her death was one of the most traumatic events in his life.

As a child, Lennon was a prankster and he enjoyed getting into trouble. As a boy and young adult, he enjoyed drawing grotesque figures and cripples. Lennon’s school master thought that he could go to an art school for college since he did not get good grades in school but had artistic talent.

John Lennon Biography
John Lennon
Real NameJohn Winston Lennon
NicknameKenny, Dr. Winston, O’Boogie, The Reverend Fred, Mel Torment, Beatle, John Ono Lennon
ProfessionSinger, Songwriter, Composer, Activist
Famous RoleHow I Won the War
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 63 kg
in Pounds- 139 lbs
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBrown
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 October 1940
Age (at the time of death)40 Years
Cause of deathMurder (Shot down)
Birth PlaceLiverpool, England
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
NationalityBritish
HometownLiverpool, England
SchoolDovedale Primary School
Quarry Bank High School
CollegeLiverpool College of Art https://591141cbb140e29d43bb8311c45ea31e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Educational QualificationsCollege (Failed)
DebutAlbum – Please Please Me (1963)
Film – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
TV – Not Only… But Also (1965-1966)
FamilyFather– Alfred Lennon

Mother– Julia Stanley
ReligionIndividuality
EthnicityIrish and British
HobbiesPlaying Monoply, Music, Getting High and talking.
Favorite ColorsGreen
Favorite FoodCornflakes
Major Controversies1. John Legend beat up DJ and friend Bob Wheeler for poking him and making fun of him and Brian(Beatle’s Manager), saying that they had an homosexual encounter.

2. He has admitted to domestic violence against his first wife Cynthia.

3. When he made the comment that ‘The Beatles are more popular than Jesus’, although the comment went unnoticed in UK, there was a big protest in the US and people burnt their records and their was Ku Klux Klan activity.

4. John Lennon was murdered in the archway of his residence ‘The Dacota’, New York City. He was shot at five times in his back, but Mark David Chapman missed one shot. It is unbelievably shocking how far can Cognitive Dissonance push a person. So far that a clash of thoughts can make someone shoot another person. This is all that went wrong with Mark David Chapman, in addition to his frustration because of his own incompetency to achieve what John Lennon did.

He was angry at John Lennon because of his statement, “Beatles are more popular than Jesus”. He was also furious because John Lennon said that he does not believe in Jesus and Beatles. Chapman did not understand the concept of liberation, just like Holden confused the phrase “Catcher in the rye”; the book that he was carrying with himself at the time he shot John Lennon. The character Holden goes all dark after going for ice skating to the Rockefellar Centre. Chapman said, ‘Who does he think he is, saying these things about God and heaven and the Beatles?’

Chapman was imprisoned for 20 years and denied bail 8 times with psychological help in the jail. Lennon arrived dead in the Roosevelte Hospital at 11:15 PM. Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for his murderer Mark David Chapman.
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusStayed married to Yoko Ono till death
ChildrenJulian Lennon (Musician)

Sean Lennon (Singer)
Affairs/BoyfriendsAlma Cogan
Husband/SpouseCynthia Powell (m. 1962; div. 1968)

Yoko Ono (m. 1969–80; his death)
Money Factor
Net WorthWas $800 million
HouseTittenhurst Park
Kenwood (£20,000)
Surrey House
CarsPsychedelic Rolls Royce, Rolls Royce, Ferrari

John Lennon Career

Elvis Presley’s explosion onto the rock music scene inspired a 16-year-old Lennon to create the skiffle band called the Quarry Men, named after his school. Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete on July 6, 1957. He soon invited McCartney to join the group, and the two eventually formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in musical history.

McCartney introduced George Harrison to Lennon the following year, and Harrison and art college buddy Stuart Sutcliffe also joined Lennon’s band. Always in need of a drummer, the group finally settled on Pete Best in 1960.

The first recording they made was Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day” in 1958. In fact, it was Holly’s group, the Crickets, that inspired the band to change its name. Lennon would later joke that he had a vision when he was 12 years old — a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, “From this day on, you are Beatles with an ‘A.'”

The Beatles were discovered by Brian Epstein in 1961 at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where they were performing on a regular basis. As their new manager, Epstein secured a record contract with EMI. With a new drummer, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey), and George Martin as a producer, the group released their first single, “Love Me Do,” in October 1962. It peaked on the British charts at No. 17.

Lennon wrote the group’s follow-up single, “Please Please Me,” inspired primarily by Roy Orbison, but also fed by Lennon’s infatuation with the pun in Bing Crosby’s famous lyrics, “Oh, please, lend your little ears to my pleas,” from the song “Please.” The Beatles’ “Please Please Me” topped the charts in Britain. The Beatles went on to become the most popular band in Britain with the release of such mega-hits as “She Loves You” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962. The couple had one son together, Julian, who was named after Lennon’s mother. Cynthia was forced to keep a very low profile during Beatlemania. She and Lennon divorced in 1968. He remarried the following year, on March 20, 1969, to Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, whom he had met at the Indica Gallery in November 1966.

John Lennon Love Life

At age 21 he married the supportive, traditional Cynthia Powell, whom he divorced in 1968. At age 28 he married the independent, unconventional Yoko Ono. And much earlier, at age 16, he founded a skiffle band that evolved into the Beatles, the most important musical group of the second half of the 20th century.

John Lennon with Yoko Ono (left)
John Lennon with Yoko Ono (left)

John Lennon Drugs Abuse

During the 1960s, John Lennon began to frequently take LSD and by 1967 was a heavy user. This also coincided with a period of uncertainty, and he considered leaving the Beatles.  The death of Brian Epstein, their manager in 1967 also hit Lennon and the Beatles hard.

However, this was also a period of musical inventiveness, with new styles of music helping to create some classic recordings, such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

John Lennon Death

In 1980, Lennon returned to the music world with the album Double Fantasy, featuring the hit single “(Just Like) Starting Over.” Tragically, just a few weeks after the album’s release, Mark David Chapman, a deranged fan, shot Lennon several times in front of his apartment complex in New York City. Lennon died at New York City’s Roosevelt Hospital on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40.

Lennon’s assassination had and continues to have, a profound impact on pop culture. Following the tragic event, millions of fans worldwide mourned as record sales soared. And Lennon’s untimely death still evokes deep sadness around the globe today, as he continues to be admired by new generations of fans. Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

John Lennon FAQ’s

Who was John Lennon?

John Winston Ono Lennon, (born John Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician, and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. 

What was John Lennon’s net worth?

Around $800 Million.

When did John Lennon die?

Lennon died at New York City’s Roosevelt Hospital on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40.

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