Perhaps considered to be one of the most influential music artists of all time, John Lennon was born October 9, 1940. He was a major influence in the Beatles, and managed to launch a solo career that would change the face of popular music forever, across the entire world.
In the Beginning
Many legends are born in tragedy and many end in tragedy, but some still manage to leave their mark on the world, which John Lennon managed to do like no one before him. Some say he’s a dreamer, but he’s certainly not the only one. The miraculous birth took place on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool as German bombs rained down on the city. At the age of four, Lennon’s parents would separate, forcing him to live with his aunt. He rarely saw his son, but Lennon’s mother did visit regularly and taught him to play several instruments. Unfortunately she would die in a car accident in July of 1958, forever traumatizing and defining him. When Lennon was a child he was anything but exemplary. He was frequently in trouble for one reason or another, and it was believed that he would never accomplish anything in life. One teacher believed that he would do well in art school, but it seems he never quite took his artistic talent that far – he took it further. The advent of Rock and Roll as introduced by greats like Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly were what insipired Lennon to create a band called Quarry Men, and he eventually met Paul McCartney at a church event in 1957. He invited McCartney to join the group, and following that, they partnered with George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe. In 1960, they signed Pete Best to their band and proceeded to record a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll be the Day” (The song that actually inspired the hit classic American Pie, but that’s another story for another biography). Once they finished that recording, they were quickly discovered by Brian Epstein and they began to perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club regularly. Epstein helped them to land a record contract with EMI, and their new drummer, Ringo Starr helped them to rise to stardom, with their first single "Love me Do" reaching Number 17 on the charts. This, however, was only the beginning.
Most Known For
Lennon is most known for stating that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," which led to the burning of Beatles albums in the streets of many US cities. He is also popular for his song: “Imagine” which is still popular to this day. “Imagine” was actually used as a cultural example on the popular science fiction show: "Quantum Leap" as a young Sam Beckett tries to convince his sister that he is in fact a time traveler.
There was a period of time in history known as Beatlemania, and during this time, the Beatles became the first British Band to become wildly popular in the United States. They made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and created their first film titled "A Hard Day’s Night" in 1964. A rather notable career accomplishment occurred for the Beatles and John Lennon of course, occurred when Queen Elizabeth II declared that the Beatles would be named members of the Order of the British Empire. Beatlemania was a great time, but it eventually died down, and the Beatles actually broke up. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969, following the completion of the "Abbey Road" album. Lennon began a solo career, releasing his debut album: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band which was much different from many of his earlier offerings. Next, his song "Imagine," became his greatest commercial success. Due to the stress related to issues with the Nixon Administration, Lennon and Yoko Ono separated in 1973, though they did get back together later on, and they gave birth one child, named Sean. During that time, Lennon decided to end his career and become more of a father to his son. When he returned to the music industry in 1980, he released the album "Double Fantasy," but shortly after, he was shot in front of his hotel by Mark David Chapman. His death proved to be a tragedy of international proportions, and few artists have had the same impact on the music industry or culture in general.