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John Lennon would have been 79 today –

John Lennon would have been 79 today –

John Lennon would have been 79 today –
October 09
10:14 2019

John Lennon

Singer, songwriter and peace activist John Lennon, one of The Beatles, was born in England on Oct. 9, 1940.

According to, Lennon was raised by an aunt but saw his mother regularly. She taught him to play musical instruments and bought him his first guitar.

According to, Lennon was 16 when he created a “skiffle band called the Quarry Men.”


The Beatles rehearse for their forthcoming television show at Wembley studios in London, April 1964. In this skit, John Lennon plays a herald sounding a horn. (AP Photo)

Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited him to join his band.

They eventually formed a successful music writing partnership that evolved into the British phenomena, The Beatles.

A year after meeting McCartney, McCartney introduced Lennon to George Harrison. The band also added a college friend, Stuart Sutcliffe and then drummer Pete Best.



British rock and roll singer John Lennon of the Beatles arrives in an armored car before a concert in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 19, 1965. Screaming fans surrounded the group from the moment their plane arrived in Houston for radio station KILT’s “Back to School Show” at Sam Houston Coliseum. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

“The first recording they made was Buddy Holly’s ‘That’ll Be the Day’ in 1958. In fact, it was Holly’s group, the Crickets, that inspired the band to change its name. Lennon would later joke that he had a vision when he was 12 years old — a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, ‘From this day on, you are Beatles with an ‘A.’”

Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles in 1961 and secured them a contract. Ringo Starr came on board as the drummer. The group released its first single in October 1962 – “Love Me Do.”



Beatle John Lennon appears as Private Gripweed in his first dramatic role in the 1967 movie “How I Won the War” filmed on location in Spain. (AP Photo)

“Please Please Me,” which topped the charts in Britain, followed along with “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

In 1962 Lennon married Cynthia Powell and they had a son, Julian. They divorced in 1968 and in 1969 Lennon married Yoko Ono, a Japanese avant-garde artist.

In 1964 the Beatles brought their act to the United States appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”


John Lennon, left, and Paul McCartney, are seen at a news conference May 13, 1968, at the Americana Hotel in New York. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)

After the show, the Beatles made the movie “A Hard Day’s Night.” Their second movie, “Help!” was released in 1965, according to

Lennon left the Beatles in September 1969. McCartney left in April 1970.

In 1970, Lennon released a solo album, “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” followed in 1971 by “Imagine.”

Lennon Ono


John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, display a letter from Lennon to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at the Beatles’ Apple Records headquarters, Nov. 25, 1969. The letter explains his reasons for returning his Order of the British Empire medal, including British support for the U.S.A.’s war in Vietnam and British involvement in Biafra and Nigeria. (AP Photo)

Lennon and Ono moved the United States in 1971 “but were constantly threatened with deportation by the Nixon administration. Lennon was told that he was being kicked out of the country due to his 1968 marijuana conviction in Britain, but the singer believed that he was being removed because of his activism against the unpopular Vietnam War. Documents later proved him correct. (Two years after Nixon resigned, in 1976, Lennon was granted permanent U.S. residency),” according to

In 1973, Lennon and Ono separated. Lennon continued to release successful albums including “Mind Games,” “Walls and Bridges” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

John Lennon


Singer John Lennon is shown in 1971. (AP Photo)

He and Ono reconciled in 1974 and in 1975 they had a son, Sean.

Five years later, on Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon was shot to death outside of the Dakota apartment building in New York City where he lived with his wife.


Yoko Ono and her husband, John Lennon, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1977, as they arrive at New York’s Minskoff Theater. They were attending the premiere performance of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. (AP Photo)

Lennon, 40, was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman. Lennon died in the emergency room at Roosevelt Hospital.

Ono scattered Lennon’s ashes in Central Park where the Strawberry Fields memorial was later created.

Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He remains in Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., and has been denied parole 10 times, most recently in August 2018.


FILE – In this Aug. 22, 1980, file photo, John Lennon, right, and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrive at The Hit Factory, a recording studio in New York City. (AP Photo/Steve Sands, File)


A poster size photo of the late John Lennon is displayed in his memory in front of his apartment building in New York City, Dec. 14, 1980. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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