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John Lennon
MBE

John Lennon playing guitar
Lennon at the Montreal Bed-in, 1969

Born

John Winston Lennon
9 October 1940
Liverpool, England

Died

8 December 1980
New York City, US

Cause of death

Gunshot wounds

Resting place

Ashes scattered in Central Park, New York City

Nationality

British

Other names

John Winston Ono Lennon

Occupation

  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • activist

Years active

1957–1975, 1980

Spouse

  • Cynthia Powell ( m.   1962 ; div.   1968 )
  • Yoko Ono ( m.   1969 )

Partner

May Pang

Children

  • Julian
  • Sean

Parents

  • Alfred Lennon
  • Julia Stanley
Musical career

Genres

  • Rock
  • pop
  • experimental

Instruments

  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • harmonica

Labels

  • Apple
  • Capitol
  • Geffen
  • Parlophone
  • Polydor

Associated acts

  • The Quarrymen
  • The Beatles
  • Plastic Ono Band
  • Yoko Ono

Website

johnlennon .com

Signature

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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist 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 worldwide fame during the 1960s. After the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon pursued a solo career and started the band Plastic Ono Band with his second wife Yoko Ono.

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 ". 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. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album was released.

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If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it. - John Lennon

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.

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I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people. - John Lennon

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.

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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? - John Lennon

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?

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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. - John Lennon

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.

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You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate. - John Lennon

You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.

John Lennon

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God is a concept by which we measure our pain. - John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

John Lennon

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Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty. - John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.

John Lennon

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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. - John Lennon

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.

John Lennon

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And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God... They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it. - John Lennon

And God help Bruce Springsteen when they decide he's no longer God... They'll turn on him, and I hope he survives it.

John Lennon

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As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot. - John Lennon

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.

John Lennon

great women
Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality. - John Lennon

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.

John Lennon

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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. - John Lennon

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.

John Lennon

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Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. - John Lennon

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

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Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. - John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.

John Lennon

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I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding. - John Lennon

I'm not claiming divinity. I've never claimed purity of soul. I've never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can... But I still believe in peace, love and understanding.

John Lennon

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Love is the flower you've got to let grow. - John Lennon

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.

John Lennon

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