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John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon; (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

 

Top Rated Albums

Some Time in New York City
Studio Album - 1972

 

Double Fantasy
Studio Album - 1980

 

Menlove Ave.
Compilation - 1986

 

Live in New York City
Live Album - 1986

 

Shaved Fish
Compilation - 1975

 

Peace, Love & Truth
Compilation - 2005

 

Lennon
Compilation - 1990

 

Instant Karma !
Other - 1970

 

The John Lennon Collection
Compilation - 1983

 

Wonsaponatime
Compilation - 1998

 

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Birth Name

John Winston Lennon

Instruments

Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica, bass guitar

Origin

UK

Years active

1957-1980

Genre

Date Born

Wednesday, October 9, 1940

City Born

Liverpool, England

Date Died

Monday, December 8, 1980

City Died

New York, New York, United States

Age

40 (at time of death)

Born 79 years ago.

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