John Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance”, “Working Class Hero”, and “Imagine”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Born John Winston Lennon
9 October 1940
Liverpool, England
Died 8 December 1980 (aged 40)
New York City, United States
Cause of death Murder by shooting
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • artist
  • writer
  • activist
Years active 1957–75, 1980
Spouse(s)
  • Cynthia Powell (m. 196268)
  • Yoko Ono (m. 1969–80)
Children
  • Julian Lennon
  • Sean Lennon
Website www.johnlennon.com
Musical career
Genres
  • Rock
  • pop
  • experimental
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • harmonica
Labels
  • Parlophone
  • Capitol
  • Apple
  • Geffen
  • Polydor
Associated acts
  • The Quarrymen
  • The Beatles
  • Plastic Ono Band
  • Harry Nilsson
  • The Dirty Mac
  • Yoko Ono
  • David Bowie
  • Elton John

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon’s administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

As of 2012, Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer, or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994.

 

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1964 A Hard Day’s Night Himself
1965 Help! Himself
1967 How I Won the War Gripweed
1967 Magical Mystery Tour Himself / Ticket Salesman / Magician with Coffee Also Narrator, writer and director (producer uncredited)
1968 Yellow Submarine Himself Cameo at the end
1968 Two Virgins Short Film
1970 Apotheosis Short Film
1970 Let It Be Himself Documentary (executive producer – as The Beatles)

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1965-1966 Not Only… But Also Lavatory Attendant / Guest Episode: “Episode #1.1 (1965) & Christmas Special (1966)”

 

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