John Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon[a] MBE (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist[2] who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group would ascend to world-wide fame during the 1960s.

He was born as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, where he became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1957, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. Lennon began to record as a solo artist before the band's break-up in April 1970; two of those songs were "Give Peace a Chance" and "Instant Karma!" Lennon subsequently produced albums that included John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and songs such as "Working Class Hero", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". After he married Yoko Ono in 1969, he added "Ono" as one of his middle names. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the album Double Fantasy. A lone gunman shot and killed Lennon in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album was released.

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 from London to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. Some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

By 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States had exceeded 14 million units. He is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as a writer, co-writer, or performer. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon was twice posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—first in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again in 1994 as a solo artist.[3]

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The Beatles
 
Imagine
 
"Imagine" is a song written and performed by English musician John Lennon.
Instant Karma!
 
"Instant Karma!" – sometimes referred to as "Instant Karma!
The Quarrymen
 

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Sandie Shaw thinks John Lennon should have married her
  –  March 19, 2018
Sandie Shaw believes John Lennon would still be alive if he had married her instead of Yoko Ono. The 71-year-old retired singer had a huge crush on the late Beatles legend - who was murdered on December 8, 1980 - from a young age. The two musicians would ...
John Lennon's motorbike to be auctioned at National Motorcycle Museum
  –  January 5, 2018
John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, musician and activist who co-founded the Beatles the music band, one of the most successful musical band in the history of music. (Youtube screengrab) LONDON: Late singer John Lennon's motorcycle will be ...
John Lennon letter up for auction
  –  December 24, 2017
A handwritten letter by Beatles legend John Lennon will be up for sale for USD 35,000. In the note, the renowned singer has accused a record label of blocking distribution on his 1968 experimental album 'Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins' as he appears in ...
Foo Fighters Mash Up Van Halen and John Lennon Classics (Week in Review)
  –  March 10, 2018
Foo Fighters Mash Up Van Halen and John Lennon Classics was a top story on Monday ... Dave Grohl acknowledged keyboardist Rami Jaffee as the musician began playing the opening chords to Lennon's iconic 1971 song, "Imagine", while Grohl sang the lyrics ...
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Rolls Into Austin
  –  March 20, 2018
The JOHN LENNON Educational Tour Bus (the LENNON BUS), a state-of ... giving attendees a sneak peak at the new LENNON BUS curriculum which uses JOHN and YOKO’s life and music to engage K-12 students in conversations and activities around the topics ...
Travelodge comes to Liverpool John Lennon Airport
  –  March 18, 2018
Liverpool John Lennon Airport Travelodge is the company’s 26th airport ... galleries, sports teams, renowned music scene, nightlife and business facilities. We welcome the opening of the eighth Travelodge in the City and we wish the hotel every success.”
Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? @ NNT
  –  March 11, 2018
The lighting along with Georgie Paxton’s choice of music and sound effects creates a fierce and ... This carefully constructed performance of Dowie’s Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt? is not only affecting in terms of its portrayal of gender identity ...
OWC Presents Music and Education Events With the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus During SXSW
  –  March 9, 2018
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording studio dedicated to providing students of all ages with free hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and ...
OWC Presents Music and Education Events With the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus During SXSW
  –  March 9, 2018
Tech company will sponsor experiences in Austin March 14 - 15. About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording studio dedicated to providing students of all ages with free ...
Harding youth in band which won John Lennon Songwriting Contest
  –  March 6, 2018
“I love all types of music and I love to perform ... All entry fees directly support the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio. Submissions are critiqued based on originality, musicality, composition, and, if applicable, lyrical ...
Watch Foo Fighters’ John Lennon/Van Halen mash-up
  –  March 5, 2018
Foo Fighters sing Van Halen’s Jump along to the music of John Lennon’s Imagine at their show in Curitiba, Brazil Foo Fighters played a mash-up of John Lennon’s Imagine and Van Halen’s Jump at their recent show in Curitiba, Brazil. Keyboardist Rami ...
Foo Fighters Perform Live Mashup of John Lennon and Van Halen Covers
  –  March 5, 2018
Following the lead of video mashup maven Mighty Mike, they set the lyrics of Van Halen's "Jump" to the music of John Lennon's "Imagine." You can watch the performance in the fan-shot video below. Grohl introduced "Rami St. Jaffe," on the keyboards ...
Foo Fighters Share ‘Woodshedding’ Mash-Up of John Lennon + Van Halen
  –  March 4, 2018
(Oh, and Halen and Lennon, too)." The clip finds the band in the studio with Grohl singing the words to Van Halen's "Jump" against the the music of John Lennon's "Imagine" and it works quite well. As you might expect, Rami Jaffe's keyboard word helps set ...
OWC Partners with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus as 2018 Presenting Sponsor
  –  February 27, 2018
Working with educators and musicians, the Lennon Bus gives young people an environment in which to write and perform music, engineer recording sessions ... The one month-program celebrates John Lennon's birthday and includes school/educational programs ...

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