John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an eminent singer, songwriter and a social activist whose life and work left a permanent mark in the history of music. He was born in Liverpool, UK. Lenon gained popularity and honor both as a band member of The Beatles and solo artist.
Lenon’s childhood was complicated as his mother had extramarital affairs which even made her pregnant. Lenon grew up seeing many troubles around him. Unfortunately her mother died when he was 17 and his father disappeared.
Lenon was unable to succeed in the academic learning rather he showed his interest in music. He leart playing guitar and formed a band called “‘The Quarrymen’. Initially, Soon Paul and George joined Lenon’s band and covered popular rock music. Finally, Ringo Starr joined as a drummer and the band got its full shape as The Beatles.
The Beatles gain popularity throughout the world. But Lenon showed a rebellious attitude against the evil society and wanted to do something beside his music career. And for many reasons he became a controversial figure. Since 1968 he had been enjoying a solo career and produced album called “John Lennon” which includes some beautiful songs like “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance” it is known that ‘imagine no possessions’ was the song that gave Lenon unlimited success and luxury.
Lenon got married with Yoko Ono who belonged to a rich Japanese banking family. Although, he had married Cynthia, with whom he had a child, Julian.
Lenon came back with “Double Fantasy” but was killed one month after the release of the album on December 8, 1980. The death of the iconic figure brought extreme sadness around the world. “Double Fantasy” would go on to win Grammy Award of 1981. It is amazing to see that the sales of Lennon’s solo album in the US go beyond 14 million in 2012.
Lenon still provides immense inspiration to musicians. His influence is found in music, books, movies and rock music history in the west. In some occasions he was considered More Popular than Jesus.