John Lennon Remembered..

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8th December 2012.

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John Ono Lennon, MBE, born John Winston Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980 Monday) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved as a teenager in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. As the group disintegrated towards the end of the decade, 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 “Imagine“. 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 devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double FantasyHe 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 New York City 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.

As of 2012 Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceed 14 million units, 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.

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8 responses »

  1. My Kindest Sir, what a wonderfully endearing tribute to my favorite of the Fab Four.
    Love the way you wove in all sides of John Lennon’s personalty and how it comes across in all of his music. He will always be my # Poet, as well as my #1 Beatle..
    Thank you for reminding us all of what December 8th is, and that we could maybe give a moment of silence in John’s name. Maybe in honor.of everything he brought right back into this universe.

    John Lennon told us in his own words that some said he was just “Lazy, Dreaming [His] Life Away”.. or that he was..”Just Sitting Here Watching The Wheels Go Round and Round”
    We, his fans know better.~

    • Thank you my lady so pleased you liked it. as musician and his part in the music it just so little to honour a man who taken from us too early thank you again for your praise and support. 😉

  2. I’ve always been ambivalent about John Lennon. Apart from anything else he can’t sing for shit! The truth is, he is flat. (ie musically flat). After playing ‘guess the record’ over on BB’s I made partner play guess the record on here. When we started discussing people who couldn’t sing, Bob Dylan was the first, and JL came second! But, I do like this first record, which I don’t remember hearing before. A good choice.

    i didn’t like his post-Beatles work. I did like his Beatles work with nasty McCartney.

    Been reading up on him and didn’t realise he liked hitting women. Neither his politics, music, lyrics or anything else excuses that. Whacky really.

    • Roughseas it disappoints a little but we are all entitled to our opinions and likes and dislikes. he was not always peoples favourite, (in terms of Beatles) out of the four he was next Harrison, for me. But there are many artists such as songwriters and singers, that can be questionable about how good they sing, Dylan I always thought his songs are done better by others. But he wrote them as did Lennon. and every so often they the public vote these guys songs at the top of the pile. People say his songs were simple and not a good guitarist etc but who cares, he never said he was, that is why Harrison was in the Beatles. But the best songs and most powerful are the simplest. So does this make them rubbish, I think not. I wish I could sing crap and play guitar like crap and be wealthy through it. I would then take lessons, heehee!
      I am not responding to your comment about hitting women, for reasons this is not the site for those debates. However I will say there is no excuse what so ever for this no matter who you are..

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