John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963) is a British musician and photographer. He is the first child of John Lennon with his first wife, Cynthia. The Beatles‘ manager, Brian Epstein, was his godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon, and a stepsister, Kyoko Chan Cox. Lennon was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon.
Lennon was the direct inspiration for three Beatles’ songs: “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“, “Hey Jude” and “Good Night“. He is devoted to philanthropic endeavors, most notably his own White Feather Foundation and the Whaledreamers Organization, both of which promote the co-existence of all species and the health and well-being of the Earth.
Julian Lennon was born in Liverpool. Initially, the fact that John Lennon was married and had a child was concealed from the public, in keeping with the conventional wisdom of the era that female teenage fans would not be as enamoured of married male pop stars. Lennon inspired one of his father’s most famous songs, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“, whose lyrics describe a picture the boy had drawn, a watercolour painting of his friend Lucy O’Donnell from nursery school surrounded by stars. Another composition of his father inspired by him was the lullaby “Good Night“, the closing song of the White Album. In 1967, he attended the set of the Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour.
Following his father’s infidelity with Yoko Ono, Lennon’s parents divorced when he was five. Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” to console him over the divorce; originally called “Hey Jules”, McCartney changed the name because he thought that “Jude” was an easier name to sing. After his parents’ divorce, Lennon had almost no contact with his father until the early 1970s when, at the request of his father’s then short-term girlfriend, May Pang (Yoko Ono and Lennon had temporarily separated), he began to visit his father regularly. John Lennon bought him a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a drum machine for Christmas 1973, and encouraged his interest in music by showing him some chords.
Following his father’s murder, Lennon voiced anger and resentment toward him, saying:
“I’ve never really wanted to know the truth about how dad was with me. There was some very negative stuff talked about me … like when he said I’d come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where’s the love in that? Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit … more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.”
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