John Lennon Biography
He was a member of The Beatles when they led music's British Invasion; here is a John Lennon biography. John Winston Ono Lennon was a songwriter, singer, pop star, father, husband and advocate of world peace.
John Lennon was born during wartime, but grew to love peace. He came into the world during a German air raid of Liverpool England in World War II; it was October 9, 1940. Lennon's parents would separate a few years later, which resulted in him being sent to live with his aunt. John's parent's weren't in his daily life, but his mother did teach him how to play the banjo and piano; she also got him his first axe. As if that wasn't enough drama, John was further traumatized by the death of his mother who was struck by a car. John escaped his pain by becoming a prankster, which got him into lots of trouble. John also liked to draw and became quite the artist, although his drawings were so morbid he was probably lucky he wasn't put on meds.
Lennon, the teenager who was inspired to become a rock and roll star. By the time he was sixteen, John peeped how Elvis Presley was running rock and roll (like 50 cent said he runs New York). John formed his own band called The Quarrymen. He met Paul McCartney a year later and asked him to join, the following year John and Paul brought George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe onboard. It took three years for the group to find someone that could beat the tubs to their liking; they finally stumbled across percussionist Pete Best in 1960. The Quarrymen then changed their name to The Beatles, having been inspired by Buddy Holly's "Crickets".
1961, the year The Beatles made contact. The Beatles soon caught the attention of manager Brian Epstein. They signed their first record contract with EMI and got a new drummer—Ringo Starr—to beat the skins for them. In 1962 They dropped their first single "Love Me Do," which climbed to #17 on the British charts. Lennon put pen to paper and wrote the smash hit "Please Please Me", which topped the British charts, The Beatles kept dropping bombs such as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You", soon they were the hottest band in Britain (yeah, yeah, yeah).
The Beatles land in America, John Lennon makes a controversial statement. In 1964 they set it off with a gig on "The Ed Sullivan Show" but by 1966 Beatlemania was losing its grip. Then John was quoted as saying "We're more popular than Jesus now." People responded by burning Beatles records in piles, ouch. Lennon had already married Cynthia Powell in 1962 and together they had a son they named Julian; by 1968 they had divorced and John met and married Yoko Ono. Together John and Yoko became pacifists and cut a record named "Give Peace a Chance" in 1969. This was also the year John Lennon left The Beatles; they probably thought he was on some long acid trip.
John Lennon continues his message of peace without The Beatles. In 1971 John released the timeless "Imagine" before he and Yoko Ono moved to the states, where they were under constant threat of deportation by then President Nixon. John felt it was because of his outspoken views against the Vietnam War. In 1978 John was granted permanent U.S. residency. Lennon continued to perform and raise awareness concerning world peace. John and Yoko soon had a son together; they name him Sean and Lennon left the game to be a stay-at-home dad. In 1980 John Lennon got back in the music game and dropped "Double Fantasy" with the hit single "(Just Like) Starting Over". A few weeks after "Double Fantasy's" release, John was shot and killed by a young man as he exited his apartment building in New York City.