John Lennon

Born: October 9, 1940
Woolton, Liverpool, England
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Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon’s mother was left to raise him after his father left them when he was just two years old. His mother and her sister, Mimi Smith, brought John up in a working class section of Liverpool, where he attended school just like every other child. And, like most children of that time, he despised the strictly structured schools he was forced to attend. He turned to music and the arts as an outlet for his frustration, and soon was smitten by American blues and rockabilly sounds. He taught himself how to play the guitar, and formed a band by the time he was 16 years old. John and his band, the Quarrymen, soon began playing school dances and parties, and it was at a party that he met fellow musician and onlooker Paul McCartney. Paul could identify with John on several levels, both musically and personally, and Paul joined John’s band as bass player and singer. Paul’s friend George Harrison soon joined, too, and he was already an accomplished guitar player. Original drummer Pete Best would soon be replaced by Ringo Starr, and the popular version of the Beatles were in place.

The Beatles made a name for themselves in Europe first, playing long stints in Germany as a club band and tightening their act. Lennon married his art school sweetheart Cynthia Powell, and they had a son he named Julian. The Beatles achieved worldwide success on a level that has still not been surpassed, even by modern boy groups. Throughout the years with the Beatles, John Lennon encountered much criticism and denigration because of his comments on war and peace, God, Jesus, and other controversial subjects in which John had differing opinions than the populous. Due to weariness and frustration related to the masses of screaming girls that followed them wherever they went, the Beatles quit performing concerts in 1966 at a phenomenal show in Candlestick Park. Not much later, Lennon met Japanese artist Yoko Ono at an art show, and, even though John was still married to Cynthia Lennon, Yoko Ono openly pursued him. John and Cynthia eventually divorced, and he married Yoko Ono. In 1969, the Beatles broke up, and John and Yoko formed the Plastic Ono Band. John was also very politically involved, openly criticizing American and English politicians for their involvement in the Vietnam war, and staging protest demonstrations for the press to see. Because of his political stance, John spent much of the 70’s battling the U.S. Immigration Department, who were trying to get rid of Lennon and his influence on the American people. Yoko Ono gave birth to John Lennon’s second son, Sean. John put out a couple of amazing solo albums before being gunned down by a obsessed man, whom Lennon had signed an autograph for previously. Even though Lennon was rushed to the hospital, he had already lost too much blood and was announced dead on arrival. The music world has not been the same since the murder of John Lennon in New York City.



Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Songwriter Guitar Piano

Genres:
British Invasion Boy Groups Psychedelic Rock Teen Idols

Bands That John Lennon Has Played For:
Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon Has Worked With:
Paul McCartney Alan Parsons George Harrison Ringo Starr David Bowie Yoko Ono Eric Clapton Peter Frampton Jim Keltner Michael Brecker Gail Davies Mick Jagger Jeff Lynne

Artists That Were Influenced By John Lennon:
West Arkeen Vince Bell Jim Bailey Caughlan Eric Dover Noel Gallagher George Harrison Daniel House Billy J. Kramer Steve Miller Ozzy Osbourne Lucio Rubino Roger Waters Robbie Williams
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