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The Beatles Children : John, Paul, George and Ringo's Kids

Updated on January 6, 2011

Rockstar spawn of the highest degree.

For a Beatle kid, leading a normal life is definitely a tall order - just ask John, Paul, George, and Ringo's children. All of them have had to live under a microscope since the day they were born. And if by chance they decide to pursue a career in music, they will each have to deal with mostly harsh and unfair comparisons to their enormously successful musician dads. (Anyone, even their sons and daughters, will pale in comparison to rock legends, right?)

But as you will see in a while, all of the Beatles children have managed to lead -- if not normal -- exemplary lives despite being in the shadows of their famous fathers by default. Read on to learn more about the Lennons, McCartneys, Harrisons, and Starkeys.

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Watch a fan's tribute video for the Beatles kids - A photo slideshow featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo's children.

John Lennon and sons Julian and Sean

John Lennon and sons Julian and Sean
John Lennon and sons Julian and Sean

John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963), known usually as Julian Lennon, is the first son of Beatle John Lennon and is a singer, songwriter and musician. He is the only child of Lennon's first marriage to Cynthia Powell, and his godfather was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. He was named after John Lennon's late mother, Julia.

Julian premiered as a recording artist with the release of his 1984 album Valotte. This was soon followed by The Secret Value of Daydreaming (1986), Mr. Jordan (1989), Help Yourself (1991), and Photograph Smile (1998), producing the hits "Too Late For Goodbyes", "Stick Around", and "Saltwater".

In 2002, Julian recorded a version of the Beatles' classic "When I'm Sixty-Four", a song from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band primarily written and sung by McCartney, although as was customary on all Beatles compositions of either author, John Lennon was credited as co-writer). His sixth album, Everything Changes, is complete and will be released in early 2010.

Sean Taro Ono Lennon (born October 9, 1975), meanwhile, is John's son from his marriage to Yoko Ono and is a singer, songwriter, musician and actor. Sean debuted as a musician with his first full-length studio album "Into the Sun" in 1998 and, subsequently "Friendly Fire" in 2006. In between the releases of his albums, he would tour with the band Cibo Matto (of which he was part of) and collaborated with various bands and artists as a session musician and producer. In 2009, he produced "Between My Head and the Sky", the album of his mother's Plastic Ono Band and has been busy touring with her. Expanding on his musical output even further Sean has also stepped into the world of film scores with "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" (2009).

Julian and Sean have always been close when they were young but they drifted apart sometime in the late 90s. They now have a much-publicized renewed relationship, visiting one another on tours, and are constantly seen together.

Photo credits: Julian / Sean

Read more about the Lennon brothers on their websites:

Watch and listen to Julian Lennon's "Too Late For Goodbyes" - A single off his 1984 album "Valotte"

The catchy "Too Late For Goodbyes" is the second single from Julian Lennon's 1984 album Valotte and is one of my favorite songs by him. It features the harmonica of Jean "Toots" Thielemans, and it was a top-ten hit in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in late-March of 1985, peaking at number five and also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.

Help yourself to Julian Lennon's studio albums

Watch and listen to Sean Lennon performing "On Again, Off Again" - A song off his second album "Friendly Fire"

"On Again, Off Again" is IMHO one of Sean's most beautiful songs and is my personal favorite. It's a single off his second studio album Friendly Fire. The album was released on October 3, 2006 by Capitol Records in the U.S. (see 2006 in music) and Parlophone in the UK (see 2006 in British music). In the United States, the album reached #152 in the Billboard 200 chart and #5 in the Top Heatseekers chart. See him perform an acoustic version of the song live below.

Treat yourself to Sean Lennon's music

Paul and Linda McCartney with kids Heather and Mary.

Paul and Linda McCartney with kids Heather and Mary.
Paul and Linda McCartney with kids Heather and Mary.

Heather McCartney Heather Louise McCartney (née See) was born December 31,1962 in Tucson, Arizona to rock photographer Linda Eastman and her first husband Joseph Melville See Jr., an American geologist. Her parents divorced after only eighteen months of marriage. After raising her daughter on her own in New York City for several years, Linda married Sir Paul McCartney of The Beatles in 1969 when Heather was six. Paul adopted her legally and loves her as his own.

Heather took up printing at the Photographers' Workshop in Covent Garden and won the Young Black and White Printer of the Year Award. Her success encouraged her to go on to art college where she discovered a talent for pottery. In 1999, she unveiled a line of houseware products in Atlanta, Georgia called the Heather McCartney Houseware Collection. To date, Heather keeps a low profile but remains a prominent potter and designer, with exhibitions in New York City, Phoenix, Tokyo, Paris and Sydney, and has been described by Wedgewood as "one of Britain's most exciting new talents."

Mary Anna McCartney (born in London on 28 August 1969) is a photographer and is Sir Paul's first child with Linda. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Mary became a professional photographer. She was photo editor for the music-book publisher Omnibus Press and in 1992 began taking photographs professionally, specializing in portrait and fashion photography. Mary's most well-known photographs are those of former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife with their fourth child, and the last photographs taken of her mother, three weeks before her death. McCartney has also taken portraits of Sam Taylor-Wood, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and of her sister Stella, who is a fashion designer.

In 2001, Mary produced the television documentary Wingspan, a story of her father's post-Beatles musical career, focusing on her parents' band Wings. She also runs the picture department at her father's company, MPL Communications.

Stella Nina McCartney (born 13 September 1971), a well-known fashion designer with her own label, is Sir Paul and Linda's second child. As a young girl, Stella travelled the globe with her parents and their pop group Wings, along with her siblings. According to her father, the name Wings was inspired by Stella's difficult birth. As his daughter was being born by emergency caesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel."

Stella became interested designing clothes at age 12 when she made her first jacket. Three years later, she interned for Christian Lacroix and then later studied her foundation at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the early 1990s. The rest as they say is history.

A lacto-ovo-vegetarian, Stella does not use fur or leather in her designs and supports PETA. Her father is also known for supporting PETA by protesting against designers who use animal fur and those who wear it. Stella does use wool, silk, and other animal-derived fabrics in her designs.

James McCartney (born 12 September 1977) is a musician, songwriter and sculptor, living in London, England. He is most notable in the music business for playing guitar and drums as well as co-writing a few songs on some of his father's solo albums, including Flaming Pie (1997) and Driving Rain (2001). On Flaming Pie, he has an electric guitar solo on the track "Heaven on a Sunday." On Driving Rain, he co-wrote the songs "Spinning On An Axis" and "Back In The Sunshine Again" with his father, and played percussion on the former track and guitar on the latter. He also plays lead guitar on his mother's posthumously released solo album, Wide Prairie.

James is currently recording a solo album with his father's help. He made his his U.S. debut, performing November 14, 2009 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, during the Fourth Annual David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation in Fairfield, Iowa.

Beatrice Milly McCartney (born October 28, 2003) is Sir Paul McCartney's youngest daughter and his firstborn to second (and now ex) wife Heather Mills.

Photo credits: Heather / Mary / Stella / James / Beatrice

A video tribute to Paul McCartney's children - See a photo slideshow of the McCartney kids.

George, Olivia, and Dhani Harrison

George, Olivia, and Dhani Harrison
George, Olivia, and Dhani Harrison

Dhani Harrison (born 1 August 1978) is a musician and the son of George Harrison to Olivia Trinidad Arias. Dhani attended Badgemore Primary school in Henley-on-Thames, then Dolphin School near Twyford, a Montessori school. He later attended Shiplake College, also near Henley, where he showed a keen interest in rowing. Harrison is an alumnus of Brown University, where he studied physics and industrial design. After graduating from university, Harrison pursued a career as an aerodynamicist.

Dhani premiered as a professional musician after his father's passing in November 2001 when he entered the studio to complete his father's work on his final album "Brainwashed." Dhani eventually formed his own band thenewno2 in 2006 and is currently touring with them to promote their debut album "You Are Here".

Dhani bears a very strong resemblance to his father, causing George to exclaim "My son looks more like George Harrison than I do!"

Photos are from Dhani's fanpage on MySpace

Read more about Dhani on the following websites.

Watch Dhani and his band's live acoustic performance of "Shelter" - A single off their debut album "You Are Here"

Of his music, "There's reference to everything he's done in everything that I've done because he's my dad, we were best friends, we grew up playing music together," Dhani says. "And if anyone hasn't been influenced by them [The Beatles] at some point, they're probably lying." (source)

Dhani's band, thenewno2's debut album "You Are Here"

You Are Here is the debut album by thenewno2. It was released online on 1 August 2008, and in stores on 31 March 2009. The entire album was written, produced and performed by Dhani Harrison and Oliver Hecks.

You Are Here
You Are Here

Of all the albums that rock-star spawn have released lately, singer-guitarist Dhani Harrison's first full-length may be the most experimental. There's no denying the vocal and melodic similarities between his duo Thenewno2 and his late father, George Harrison. But on You Are Here, Harrison and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hecks take what they've borrowed from the Beatles, Brian Eno and Massive Attack in new directions. The result is a subtle mix of gentle vocals and electronics, with layered beats, throbbing bass and occasional wailing guitar. (Rolling Stone)

 

Ringo, his first wife Maureen and kids Zak, Jason, and Lee

Ringo, his first wife Maureen and kids Zak, Jason, and Lee
Ringo, his first wife Maureen and kids Zak, Jason, and Lee

Zak Starkey, (born 13 September 1965) is an English drummer, well-known as the first child of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) and his first wife Maureen Cox. Starkey is mostly noted for his unofficial membership in The Who, since 1994. Starkey is the fourth drummer for the rock band The Who, playing with them live and occasionally in the studio. He is also known as being the third drummer of English rock band Oasis until summer 2008. Starkey has also worked on session and touring basis with artists including: Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, The Icicle Works, the Waterboys, ASAP and the Lightning Seeds.

Like his elder brother, Jason Starkey (born 19 August ,1967) was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London. In later years Jason worked in the music industry, becoming a road manager and drummer. He once described his famous family as a burden, saying: "Being Ringo Starr's son is the biggest drag of my life. It's a total pain."

In 1987 Jason Starkey was fined £125 after being caught stealing a car stereo, and two years later appeared twice in court on drugs charges. He played in a succession of bands including Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, The People's Friend, Empire Of Sponge, and with his brother Zak, Musty Jack Sponge and the Exploding Nudists.

Despite his earlier problems with drugs and the law, Jason settled down in England with his wife Flora and two sons Louie and Sonny.

Lee Parkin Starkey (born November 11, 1970) is Ringo and Maureen's third child and only daughter and was born just months after The Beatles had broken up.

Lee took up drama, make-up arts, and worked at Tower Records and a Hard Rock cafe and even co-starred in a car commercial with her famous dad. It was only in 1991 when she opened a clothing boutique called Planet Alice with friend Christian Paris that she realized that fashion was her true calling.

Lee continued as a fashion designer after the shop's closure but her career came to a stand still when her mother Maureen was diagnosed with leukemia. She stayed beside and cared for her mom until the moment of her passing. In August of 1995, Lee herself was diagnosed with brain tumor. After a series of treatments, she fell in the clear by 2001 and is currently a make up artist and a fledging fashion designer. She has been seen at her brothers' concerts, Stella McCartney's fashion shows, and other charitable events while keeping a private profile.

Photos are from Beatlekins MySpace

Read more about the Starkey Siblings on the following websites:

Watch Zak Starkey perform an insane drum fill for Oasis - Definitely taking after his superstar dad, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

Check out Zak Starkey's drum beats on the following albums

Another photo-video slideshow of the Beatles and their children - Inducing the next generation of Beatlemania.

Your thoughts on this lens are most welcome too.

Who do you think is the most successful among the Beatle kids? - Share your thoughts here!

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      corinnephillips1 3 years ago

      Great lens and informative

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      corinnephillips1 3 years ago

      I don't know much about the beatles kids but know a bit about their fathers I remember in the 80s I was very much into pop and julian lennon appearing in the top 10

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I often wondered about some of the Beatle's children. Now I know. What a thorough account of their families.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      very well done lens. found it very informative as well.

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      KFRaizor 3 years ago

      Good tribute, I am amazed at the resemblance to their famous dads that some of the children have! Especially Julian Lennon and James McCartney.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been a fan of the Beatles since 'forever' :), but somehow never thought about them being parents. So I found this page fascinating. Well done.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hope you guys like my paul mccartney art you can find it here

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stella McCartney

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      casquid 5 years ago

      What a great compilation of information and videos. Too bad some were removed. This is well worth visiting over-and-over again.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Living in their Dad's shadows must have helped them all grow up just right, shielded just enough from the bright light. I chose George in the poll and noticed that he has the lead, I guess others also have the same opinion, there was just something about George! I sure don't know how I missed this all this time, I see by the guest book comments that it has been loved by others for a while now!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dhani Harrison, of course. He loved to row, went to college in America, trained for a career far from music. He then decided he wanted music after helping to finish his dad's last album. He is his own man and that is success.Antonia

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a Squidoo lens :) Nice job! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great tribute, enjoyed seeing it tonight.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Very Nice Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Btw, AWESOME Lens! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've heard about most of the Beatles children before and I think they're great. I can't imagine how difficult it is trying to form your own identity and life while being the offspring of one/some of the most greatest music legends ever. I praise these guys for doing their own thing and living their lives the way they see fit. I know that their fathers would want them to be happy most of all. God bless them and their families. :)

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Very Nice Lens!

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      wow. I had no idea where all the Beatles kids were. And I can't believe I didn't know that Sean and Jullian were friends. Where have I been? Great lens! Thanks!

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      JMaltman 6 years ago

      Impressive lens and well researched and put together! I once saw Julian Lennon perform at the Heineken world of music festival in Hong Kong, along with Sammi Cheng, and Boyz 2 Men! Very odd combination, but a good concert nonetheless.

      My son is already a big Beatles fan at 2.5 and helped me make my first lens: his Top 10 Beatles songs. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Julian, Stella, and Sean are probably the most successful. Julian would be at the top, simply because he had a huge career in the 80's and he's done a ton of environmental/humanitarian work. He's also apparently a photographer and did well with that. Stella is a top designer, but imo no one I know actually wears her clothes. It's all Hollywood people or very wealthy people in magazine ads. So I don't know how successful that is, but she's made a name for herself for sure. Sean is probably the most talented of them all. He writes the best music, plays every instrument, and does a variety of things. Right now he's doing the voice of the monster in the film "A Monster In Paris" which is coming out soon. And it sounds amazing. Dhani is VERY close behind, as is Zak but the others...no. And the three I mentioned are the most well known as far as I'm concerned.

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      PhillipConte 6 years ago

      A very informative lens, A persons child is a message to a future, A time that they won't see. It must be a heavy burden for those children

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I think the most successful child is the one who gets to stay out of the limelight and out of the public mind. Here's an example that just happened.

      I was looking at the nice photo of Lee Starkey and my husband walked past.

      Who is she? he asked.

      Lee Starkey I replied.

      Never heard of her. He said.

      I scrolled back up to the family photo of them all in the hospital.

      No - I said - but you know her dad - Ringo Starr.

      Oh yeah, I know him. said my husband. I didn't know his real name was Starkey.

      So the most successful children (IMO) are the ones whom the public don't know about.

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      uncreative lm 6 years ago

      poor Julian had a difficult relationships with his dad i think.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I always thought Julian Lennon was the most successful because he's the only one you've really heard much from. Sean Lennon/Stella McCartney probably come in second/third, but Zak Starkey has been pretty active in music as well. Great update on the whereabouts of the Beatles children!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Best wishes.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I've got to say Stella McCartney #1 and then Julian Lennon are the most successful Beatle kids. At least right now! This is a really neat lens and very educational too.

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      What a creative project! I really enjoyed seeing Beatles' offspring! Thanks

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      This is a really interesting lens - I knew of some of the Beatles' kids, but not all of them, and it was fascinating to read about what they've done with their lives. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very interested to see in your poll that george is the fav Beatle. How sad that some of these children lost their fathers at a yuung age.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      It's hard to say who's the most successful, but it's very interesting to read about the children of the Beatles. Terrific compilation!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      My favorite rock group ever is the Beatles, and I studied everything related to them for many years - when I was younger - I still love them and was so happy to learn what their kids became. So, I couldn't do without blessing this lens that I loved so much!

      Dom.

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      HappySeasons LM 7 years ago

      I always liked the Beatles and wondered about their children... thank you for telling us about them... Matt

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      p.s this is a fantastic lens, Loads of things I didn't know here. Thanks for your blessings also, they are valued greatly.

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      I have loved the Beatles since I was 14; still do, and saw them perform in '68.One of the most moving things I have ever seen was Dhani Harrison's presence on stage during the tribute concert, 'Concert For George'. Do try to watch the video if you get the chance; it's a must for all fans.

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Such an informative and well-presented look at the Beatles' kids. I had only heard of Stella McCartney. So many of them are musicians - I suppose that was to be expected though! :)

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      ToniCorset 8 years ago

      Absolutely fascinating! Well researched with great pictures. Loved it! 5*

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      A truly excellent introduction to the Beatles' descendents. Wow. Really interesting read. Blessed by this Squidoo angel.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Wow. What a wonderful tribute. I never even heard about any of the kids except for Julian Lennon. This was a fascinating read. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I too knew nothing about most of them.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Very interesting. I knew nothing about some of these people, and very little about others. Glad to hear that currently all seem to be doing well.

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      I'm the Beatles fan number one but because of my other tasks and studies I left the Beatles' case aside for many years and didn't got updated on how their boys and girls were making. Happy to have read this amazing lens!

      You did a really great job on it and I will post in the forum for a blessing. Deserves more than 5 stars, however, I can't give more, so, I'll do for 5.

      Dom.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fantastic job! It was nice to meet the offspring of the Beatles!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This is fantastic!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed seeing the Beatles offspring.