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John Lennon

Updated on December 12, 2013

John Lennon

Lennon in all likelihood did more then any other early rock personality to shake up rock 'n' roll, move it forward and infuse it with a conscience. As the most venturesome and candid of the four Beatles, he helped shape the docket of the Sixties - socially, politically and musically.

During his solo years, he created music that alternately distressed and comforted, aroused and sought community. As a human being, he functioned as a model of honesty in his artistry and his life.

John Lennon Quick Facts

Full Name: John Winston Lennon

Born: 9-Oct-1940

Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Died: 8-Dec-1980

Location of death: Manhattan, NY

Cause of death: Assassination

Remains: Cremated

Occupation: Musician

Nationality: English

Education: The Liverpool Art College, Liverpool, England (1957-60)

FAMILY

Father: Alfred Lennon (seaman)

Mother: Julia Stanley

Wife: Cynthia Powell (m. 1962, div. 1968)

Son: Julian Lennon (musician, b. 1963)

Wife: Yoko Ono (artist/musician, m. 1969)

Son: Sean Lennon (musician, b. 1975)

BANDS

The Quarrymen Vocalist/Guitarist 1957-60

The Beatles Vocalist/Guitarist/Pianist 1960-70

Plastic Ono Band Vocalist/Guitarist/Pianist

Tribute to Lennon in Havana

Tribute to Lennon in Havana
Tribute to Lennon in Havana

Imagine

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

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John hated the dark and kept a light on at all times even when he slept.

After a seventeen year absence, John saw his father for the first time in 1964.

Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground.

John Lennon Discography

Lennon Singles and Albums Released After The Beatles

ALBUMS

1970 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

1971 Imagine

1972 Some Time in New York City

1973 Mind Games

1974 Walls and Bridges

1975 Rock 'n' Roll

1980 Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono)

1984 Milk and Honey (with Yoko Ono)

SINGLES

1969 "Give Peace a Chance"

1969 "Cold Turkey"

1970 "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)"

1970 "Mother"

1971 "Power to the People"

1971 "Imagine"

1971 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

1972 "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"

1972 "Woman Is the Nigger of the World"

1973 "Mind Games"

1974 "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night"

1975 "#9 Dream"

1975 "Stand by Me"

1975 "Imagine"

1980 "(Just Like) Starting Over"

1980 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

1980 "Imagine"

1981 "Woman"

1981 "Watching the Wheels"

1981 "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)"

1982 "Love"

1984 "Nobody Told Me"

1984 "Borrowed Time"

1984 "I'm Stepping Out"

1985 "Jealous Guy"

1988 "Imagine"

1988 "Jealous Guy"

1999 "Imagine"

2003 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

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What John Had To Say .... - Some Assorted John Lennon Quotes

  • "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity."
  • "He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride."
  • "I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?"
  • "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
  • "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
  • "If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal."
  • "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."
  • "I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong."
  • "All we are saying is give peace a chance."
  • "As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot."

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

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      corinnephillips1 4 years ago

      great lens I really like john lennon and beatles is my favorite band

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I found these artist designs of John Lennon quite interesting to say the least

      www.jmcks.com/john-lennon-artwork.html

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      Jereme Causing 5 years ago from Philippines

      great lens :) I squidliked this for the artist quest

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      John Lennon was a genius, misunderstood by those who couldn't understand his vision.His music was unforgettable. I wish we could have seen what he'd be today.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      John Lennon will always be my all-time favorite musician and probably the greatest rock singer/songwriter of the 20th century. A genius through and through.

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      piedromolinero 7 years ago

      A great lens with a lot of good information. I love his songs, especially "Give peace a chance".

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      Cynthia Arre 8 years ago from Quezon City

      Huge Beatles fan here as well and I think this is a very good lens on my favorite Beatle John! Featured it on my lens on his son Sean Lennon. 5* (:

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      John Lennon is my favorite artist of all time!

      ****5 and faved.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      My favorite song from John Lennon is "Give Peace A Chance".

      Well done lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Did you know that John Lennon's shooting death by a .38 revolver was foretold by he and his fellow Beatles in 1966?

      Look at the photograph on the back cover of the LP "Revolver" album:-

      i)John not wearing sunglasses as are the other 3;

      ii)John not dressed in black as are the other 3;

      iii)John shown under a circle of light as the other 3 are not.

      Further, John was shot with a .38 revolver.

      Not at all like the "I buried Paul" tricks, but an eerie prediction (or was it a self fulfilling prophecy).

      Incidentally in the photograph there is another geometrical shape, a triangle, pointed directly at George Harrison, the next Beatle to die.

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      papawu 9 years ago

      I have always been a huge Beatles fan. The taking of John from our world has always been such a tragedy, although he was just a little before my time. I wish he had been around longer to show us what the meaning of love and peace could be in our erratic world. Just Imagine.

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      Kabsannie 10 years ago

      Hi again Jane! I am #1 Beatle fan. All of their lenses were taken, but I did one on John Travolta. Will do a Beatle one also. 5 stars, and I saw them in person in Chicago twice, ran a fan club for 6 years. Know them well. Love them. Great job! Kathie