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Sean Lennon (Musician)

Updated on December 30, 2010

Sean Lennon: John and Yoko's "Beautiful Boy"

Sean Lennon was a celebrity before he even started a recording career -- no, scratch that, he was a celebrity before he had even been born. As the son of legendary Beatle John Lennon and avant-garde musician Yoko Ono, the guy is obviously no stranger to the limelight. And this is probably why he didn't choose to go the route of mainstream pop like his half-brother Julian did. Instead he cleverly positioned himself between pop and experimental, earning positive critical reviews and securing for himself a modest place in the post-alternative scene.

I was introduced to Sean's music in 1999 when a friend gave me a CD of his first album Into the Sun for my birthday. I would play it over and over from start to end everywhere I went -- needless to say I've been hooked on this musician since then. If you'd like to learn more about John & Yoko's Beautiful Boy, do read on and stay with me 'til the end of the page.

Photo from Beatles Unlimited

John Lennon's song Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) was written for his son Sean. Following below are the words to the song and a video compiling their home movies and personal family photos. Caution: it's a tearjerker so watch at your own risk. Grab a box of tissues, crank up the volume and sing along.

The photo shows John Lennon and the newborn Sean in 1975 in NYC.

Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

J. Lennon, 1980

Have no fear,

The monsters gone,

He's on the run and your daddy's here,

Beautiful,

Beautiful, beautiful,

Beautiful Boy,

Before you go to sleep,

Say a little prayer,

Every day in every way,

It's getting better and better,

Beautiful,

Beautiful, beautiful,

Beautiful Boy,

Out on the ocean sailing away,

I can hardly wait,

To see you to come of age,

But I guess we'll both,

Just have to be patient,

Yes it's a long way to go,

But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street,

Take my hand,

Life is just what happens to you,

While your busy making other plans,

Beautiful,

Beautiful, beautiful,

Beautiful Boy,

Darling,

Darling,

Darling Sean.

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Sean Taro Ono Lennon is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Sean was born in New York City on October 9, 1975 which was also, incidentally, his father's 35th birthday. He has two half-siblings from his parents' first marriages, Julian Lennon and Kyoko Chan Cox. After Sean's birth, John became a house husband, doting on his young son until his murder in 1980. Sean was educated at the exclusive private boarding school Institut Le Rosey in Rolle, Switzerland and earlier at New York's private Ethical Culture Fieldston School and Dalton School. He later attended Columbia University, though only for three semesters before dropping out to focus on his music career.

His parents didn't force him into the life of a musician and intentionally hid their musical lives from their son. His debut into the music world came at the age of five, reciting a story on his mother's 1981 album Season of Glass. From childhood into his teen years Sean continued to collaborate with his mother, contributing vocals and receiving production credit on her solo albums It's Alright (I See Rainbows), Starpeace and Onobox. At age sixteen Sean co-wrote the song "All I Ever Wanted" with Lenny Kravitz for his 1991 album Mama Said. By 1995 Sean had formed the band IMA (with Sam Koppelman and Timo Ellis) to play alongside his mother on her album Rising. Sean also made appearances in film, featured in the cast of Michael Jackson's 1988 Moonwalker and portraying a teenager experiencing visions of various MC Escher paintings in Sony's 1990 promotional short-film Infinite Escher.

Read his entire biography on Wikipedia or read more about Sean on the following websites.

(photos are from Sean's MySpace page)

More videos of a young Sean

A few more video interviews and a video collage featuring a young Sean.

Into the Sun (1998) - Listen to his debut album.

Into the Sun is Sean Lennon's debut album, produced during the time he was still performing with Japanese duo Cibo Matto. The album was engineered and mixed by Tom Schick at Sear Sound. Into the Sun was released on May 19, 1998 on the Beastie Boys label Grand Royal and Lennon has said the album was "inspired by my girlfriend" (back then it was Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda). The album managed to peak to #153 on Billboard. Preview the tracks right here.

My top 5 favorite tracks: Into the Sun, Two Fine Lovers, One Night, Queue, and Breeze.

Watch Sean Lennon's music video for "Home" - A song off his debut album "Into the Sun"

This was the first ever video I saw of Sean's, directed by Spike Jonze in 1998 and nominated for Best Breakthrough Video on MTV. Watch!

Friendly Fire (2006) - His second full-length studio album.

Friendly Fire is the second studio album by Sean Lennon. 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.

I love this album and personally think it's pure magic. You can read my review of the album on blog, or you can listen to the album for yourself right here. You'll see what I mean.

My top 5 favorite tracks: Spectacle, Parachute, Friendly Fire, Dead Meat, and On Again Off Again

Short films from the Friendly Fire album - Watch them here.

Sean Lennon has produced a short film for each of the album's tracks, directed by Michele Civetta. The fantastical shorts, which together comprise a conceptual film about betrayal and the failure of love, feature appearances from Lennon and friends including Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Asia Argento, Carrie Fisher, Devon Aoki, Jordana Brewster and others.

Watch "On Again, Off Again", a short film for a track of the same title in Sean's "Friendly Fire" album

Sean Lennon has produced a short film for each of the album's tracks, directed by Michele Civetta. The fantastical shorts, which together comprise a conceptual film about betrayal and the failure of love, feature appearances from Lennon and friends including Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Asia Argento, Carrie Fisher, Devon Aoki, Jordana Brewster and others.

"On Again, Off Again" is my favorite song from this album so please enjoy the official short film for it below.

Did you know that Sean is a gifted artist as well?

Sean is not only a talented musician, he draws very well too. He did the cover art for all his albums and you can see some more of his beautiful illustrations on his website, www.seanonolennon.com

Watch "Comic Strip" by the G.O.A.S.T.T. - Ghost of a Sabre-Toothed Tiger

The GOASTT is Sean Lennon & Charlotte Muhl Kemp with "Comic Strip" written by the french singer Serge Gainsbourg with guest vocals by Mathieu Chedid (M) produced by Mark Ronson is the B-side of the vinyl single "Jardin du Luxembourg" on http://www.chimeramusic.com the single was aired on Mark Ronson's radio programme the 21 may 2010 spoken outro by Mark Ronson.

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Complete your Sean Lennon music library

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead

Beatles composer and producer George Martin must be proud of Sean Lennon's latest endeavor: the largely instrumental and positively freaky soundtrack for Jordan Galland's 2009 independent film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.

 
Friendly Fire (CD+DVD)
Friendly Fire (CD+DVD)

Friendly Fire is a piano- and guitar-driven collection of likeable, melancholic, Elliott Smith-y, Rufus Wainwright-ish pop music.

 
Into the Sun
Into the Sun

If you took the artist's name off this record, you'd still be charmed by its dazzling eclecticism and sunny, low-key spirit. But given the weight of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's musical legacy, son Sean's achievement seems all the more impressive.

 
Half Horse Half Musician
Half Horse Half Musician

Half Horse, Half Musician is a 1999 EP by Sean Lennon. It features three remixes from his debut album Into the Sun ("Queue", "Spaceship" and "Into The Sun") as well as original material. The EP was only released in Japan.

 
Acoustic Sessions
Acoustic Sessions

Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger -- Sean Lennon's newest project with partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl -- have now dropped details on their first album. Due Oct. 26 and dubbed 'Acoustic Sessions,' the nine tracks stemmed from material Lennon and Kemp Muhl wrote in the beginning stages of their band but only revisited recently.

 

The Lennon boys, Sean and Julian

The Lennon boys, Sean and Julian
The Lennon boys, Sean and Julian

Sean Lennon's select live performances

Playing "Don't Worry Kyoko" with mom Yoko

Playing "Don't Worry Kyoko" with mom Yoko
Playing "Don't Worry Kyoko" with mom Yoko

Between My Head & The Sky by the Plastic Ono Band - Sean produced his mom's album, to rave reviews!

2009 release. At 76 years young, Yoko continues to kick ass. Between My Head & The Sky is a career-defining album made with her new Plastic Ono Band. The record is a gorgeous, mind-melting blend of styles, restating and sharpening themes while plunging into the always-mysterious future. The band includes Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada and his band members Yuko Araki and Shimmy Shimizu, Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto) as well as NYC improvisers Erik Friedlander, Shahzad Ismaily, Michael Leonhart, Daniel Carter and Indigo Street.

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      MusicFan57 5 years ago

      Into the sun is an awesome album, just some really great music on there.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I used to sing Beautiful Boy to my son when he was in the hospital... I love this song! Hm... what about Julian Lennon? Is there a page made about him too? Would be great, isn't it? Oh and one for each Mc Cartney and Starkey kid too :D

      Hey, no I'm joking, love the pages you made and I know you're overbusy miss :)

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Thank you so much for visiting Patricia, Willow and Julie -- and thanks for the angel blessing! What an honor. (:

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      My dear, you have done a remarkable tribute to Sean Lennon -- a delight to visit.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      This is really, really, really great lens! :) Blessed by an Angel!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I like his art and I love the song Beautiful Boy!