John Winston Ono Lennon
is one of the most famous musical artists ever. He shot to fame as one of The Beatles. He co-wrote most of the band’s songs, the majority of which are now rock classics. He also helped shape the social revolution of the 1960s. His solo career further elevated him as a music legend. Lennon also achieved fame as a peace activist.
Lennon was born in Liverpool in 1940. He was brought up by an aunt, who bought him a harmonica and taught him how to play the banjo. Lennon’s mother played him Elvis Presley records and he fell in love with Rock and Roll. He told his mother and aunt he would be a famous singer one day.
Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 at a church hall concert.
- They became friends and began writing songs together.
- They formed a band called The Beatles.
- They became popular playing live at local clubs in Liverpool and Germany.
Then they became the most successful and influential act in music history. Lennon famously said The Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
Lennon left The Beatles in 1970. That same year he released the ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ album, which he recorded with his Japanese wife Yoko Ono. His album ‘Imagine’ followed in 1971. The title song became an anthem for anti-war movements. More classic albums followed. On 8th December 1980, Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment by a deranged fan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon).