“If you want to Know about the 60’s listen to the Beatles”
John Winston Lennon, 1940-1980, was a worldwide famous singer and guitarist who starred as a well-known band member of the Beatles, a popular 60’s group. In his later years he protested against war and made heart-warming albums all about hope and peace.
John Lennon was born on the 9th of October in Liverpool and was raised by his aunt Mimi (mother’s sister). He had a cheeky soul and enjoyed being a mischief. Due to his behaviour he was expelled from his infant school at the age of five. John could have been artist but after hearing Heartbreak Hotel – by Elvis Pressley, he knew his life would depend on music.
It was at the age of fifteen that John first met Paul McCartney (one of his band mates). All four band mates: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) and George Harrison, met in Woolton, Liverpool, in a local church where they were inspired to make one of their classic hits Eleanor Rigby .
The Band carried on their fame winning: 28 top UK hits, 17 UK no.1’s, 65 weeks at No.1 and many, many more. The Beatles was one of the best, well known bands at their time and still are today.
Sadly John split from the band in 1970 and became a solo artist. It was that time of his life he also married his second wife Yoko Ono. Before that he was married to Cynthia Lennon who grew up in the North West of England.
Yoko Ono, an artist, supported John all throughout his musical career – with the band and solo. This shows when John moved America, for his work, Yoko went with him. John spent his time there spreading the very important message of peace across the world. He protested against war and wrote some very touching songs such as Imagine and Jealous Guy.
Unfortunately his hard work in some ways didn’t pay of as the reason for why he’s not here today is because he was shot by a man called Mark Chapman. Mark did own up to it to the Police and Yoko is still alive today.
John Lennon is still respected at this very moment and hopefully always will be. In that reason he has an Airport named after him in Liverpool and his family of his wife, his two sons and his daughter still love him as much as when he was alive. John was a great role model and a great musician!