Born on the 9th of October 1940 to Julia and Alfred Lennon in the UK, John Lennon was a singer, songwriter and peace campaigner.
Alongside Paul McCartney, he founded the Beatles – most likely the first rock n’ roll band in the world.
The Beatles shot to stardom in the 60’s with George Harrison and Ringo Starr joining in.
The group disbanded in 1970 and this is when Lennon pursued a sporadic solo career, starting up the band Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono.
He received his first guitar from his mother in 1956 and sadly, two years later she was struck and killed by a car while on her way home from visiting relatives.
At 17, Lennon formed his first band with the Quarrymen, alongside Rod Davis, Len Garry, Colin Hanton, John Duff Lowe and Chas Newby. It was two years later that the Beatles made a stage appearance.
Unsurprisingly, Lennon was thrown out of the Liverpool Art College due to inappropriate dress code.
Lennon and Paul McCartney first met at the Quarrymen’s second gig, immediately taking to each other. It was then that Lennon asked McCartney to join the band. At 18, Lennon had authored his first song, “Hello Little Girl”, which made it to the UK top 10 five years later.
George Harrison, McCartney’s guitarist friend at the time was third to join the Quarrymen. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Sutcliffe were the first four to evolve into “The Beatles” in the early 1960’s.
McCartney took over on bass when Sutcliffe decided to remain in Hamburg following their German tour, with Ringo Starr joining in to replace Pete Best.
The newly-formed band occupied top spots in almost every music chart in the UK within a small space of 3 years, their ambitions spreading across the Atlantic. Within a year, Lennon, Harrison, McCartney and Starr all appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the USA.
The following two years were exhausting for the group. They were constantly on tour, expanding their repertoire while travelling, often directly from one show to the next. During this time, John Lennon somehow managed to write two books – In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works.
A man who struggled endlessly for peace and love died a violent death. Lennon was shot by Mark David Chapman on the 8th of December 1980.