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John Lennon net worth is
$800 Million

John Lennon Wiki Biography

John Lennon was and will probably always be a legendary musician, whose name is recognized all over the world. He is mostly known as the founder of the popular boy band called “The Beatles”. John was also very famous as a solo artist. What is more, Lennon was a peace activist and had his own strong opinion towards life. Not so long ago, he was named as one of the best singers of all time and he is also included in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. So how rich was John Lennon? It is estimated that John’s net worth was $800 million. There is no surprise here, as Lennon was one of the most successful and famous musicians of all time.

John Lennon Net Worth $800 Million

John Winston Lennon, or simply John Lennon, was born in 1940 in Liverpool England. Lennon’s childhood was not very easy as his father was rarely at home and his mother did not have much money. As his aunt complained about John’s parents to Liverpool’s Social Services, he then lived with her. However, he still visited his mother often, and she even bought him his first guitar. When John was only 15 years old, he formed the group called “Quarrymen” which later became “The Beatles”. In 1962 they released their first single, called “Love Me Do”, which soon became very popular. One year later they released their first album and this was the time when John Lennon’s net worth really started to grow. The other members of “The Beatles” were Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. They have released studio albums, some of them are “Meet the Beatles!”, “Twist and Shout”, “Something New”, “Yesterday and Today” and many others. All these albums had a huge effect on the growth of Lennon’s net worth.

Despite the success the band gained, in 1970 they disbanded and John started his solo career. He released his first solo album, called “John Lennon/Plastic Yoko Ono Band”, which gained a lot of acclaim and praise from the critics. Later he released more albums and they of course added to John Lennon’s net worth. In addition to this, John also published three books: “In His Own Write”, “Skywriting by Word of Mouth” and “A Spaniard in the Works”, which also contributed significantly to John’s net worth. As mentioned before, John is one of the most memorable musicians of all time, and so many memorials and tributes are dedicated to him. For example, the airport in Liverpool is named “Liverpool John Lennon Airport”. What is more, there is the John Lennon Peace Monument placed in Chavasse Park.

Lastly, it can be said that John Lennon will be remembered and respected for a very long time in the future. He and other members of the band gave a lot to the music history and they will be admired by contemporary and future musicians all over the world. Despite all the controversies, John Lennon should always be remembered as an iconic personality.

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Full Name Paris Lenon
Net Worth $800 Million
Date Of Birth October 9, 1940, Liverpool, United Kingdom)
Died December 8, 1980, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, December 8, 1980, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Liverpool
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Weight 109 kg
Profession Artist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Keyboard Player, Actor, Record producer, Film Producer, Film director, Screenwriter
Education University of Richmond, Calderstones School, Dovedale Primary School, Liverpool College of Art, Dovedale Infant School, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me, Calderstones School, Dovedale Primary School, Liverpool College of Art, Dovedale Infant School, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me
Nationality United Kingdom
Spouse Yoko Ono (m. 1969–1980), Cynthia Lennon (m. 1962–1968)
Children Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon
Parents Paris Lenon, Julia Lennon, Alfred Lennon, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me, Julia Lennon, Alfred Lennon, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me
Siblings Julia Baird, Jacqueline Dykins, David Henry Lennon, Robin Francis Lennon, Ingrid Pederson, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me, Julia Baird, Jacqueline Dykins, David Henry Lennon, Robin Francis Lennon, Ingrid Pederson, Jealous Guy, Instant Karma, Stand By Me
Nicknames Lennon , John Winston Ono Lennon , John Ono Lennon , John Winston Lennon , J. Lennon , Plastic Ono Band , John , John Ono Lennon, MBE , John Winston Ono Lennon MBE , The Beatles
Awards Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, NME Award for Best Album, Juno Award for International Album of the Year, NME Award for…
Music Groups The Beatles (1960 – 1969)
Nominations Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, NME Award for World Male Singer, NME Award f…
Movies How I Won the War, Yellow Submarine, Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon, Imagine, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Erection, All Together Now, Rape, Fire in the Water, Two Virgins, Apotheosis, Honeymoon, Up Your Legs Forever, Fly, No. 5, Freedom, Clock, How I Won the Wa…
TV Shows The Beatles, The Beatles Anthology, Not Only… But Also, The Beatles, The Beatles Anthology, Not Only… But Also
# Trademark
1 Songs with unusual or changing time signatures
2 Frequently wrote songs about love being the answer to the world’s problems
3 Outspoken, rebellious nature
4 Bizarre, humorous personality
5 Rickenbacker 325 guitar (replaced later with an Epiphone Casino)
6 Army-surplus shirts and jackets
7 Songs with political and social themes
8 Songs about personal issues
9 Round-framed glasses
# Quote
1 If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.
2 He’s not technically good, but I think Ringo’s drumming is underrated the same way Paul’s bass-playing is underrated.
3 [on The Beatles] We were the sons of The Goon Show (1968). We were the extension of that rebellion, in a way.
4 [Sitting with Yoko Ono, reading from a fan’s letter, in 1969] “Dear Mr Lennon, from information I received while using a Ouijee Board I believe that there will be an attempt to assassinate you. The spirit that gave me this information was Brian Epstein.” [They laugh] “He said the attempt would be made, take place, March 6th, 17th, Mr Epstein also said that Paul McCartney was alive in London.” [They laugh again] “Is that true? Please take this letter seriously as I would very much prefer for you to be alive then.”
5 [on why he chose to publicly apologize for his “Jesus” comments] I couldn’t go away knowing I’d created another little piece of hate in the world.
6 Without James Dean, the Beatles would have never existed.
7 I will need to be a lot older before I can face in public the way I treated women as a youngster. (1980)
8 The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with The Beatles, it’s tough.
9 Here I am in my Hansel and Gretel house, famous and loaded, and I can’t go anywhere. There’s something else I’m going to do, only I don’t know what it is, but I do know this isn’t it for me.
10 Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus now – I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity.
11 My life with the Beatles had become a trap… I always remember to thank Jesus for the end of my touring days; if I hadn’t said that the Beatles were ‘bigger than Jesus’ and upset the very Christian Ku Klux Klan, well, Lord, I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas! God bless America. Thank you, Jesus.
12 [on his father Alfred showing up after the Beatles hit it big]: It was the second time in my life I’d seen him – I wasn’t having him in the house.
13 Sex is the only kind of exercise I bother with.
14 In the old days I used to think song writing was this and you know, “I love you” and “You love me” and my writing was something else you know. Even if I didn’t think of it quite like that. But then I just realized through Dylan and other people, Bob Dylan – not Thomas, that it is the same thing. That’s what I didn’t realize being so naive you know, that you don’t write pop songs and then you do that and then you do that. Everything you do is the same thing, so do it the same way. But sometimes I’ll write lyrics to a song first and then I get the same feeling as Kakky Hargreaves or a poem and then write the music to it after. So then it’s a poem sung, sometimes the tune comes and then you just put suitable words to fit the tune, if the tune’s doo der loo der loo der la and then you have shagga boo choo cha – you know, you have sound words then, just the sound of it, ‘cus it is all sound, everything’s vibrations I believe, you know, everything is sound really or vision. And just the difference between sound and vision I’m not quite sure about.
15 [Offered mange-tout peas, in a high-class restaurant] Can you put them over there, away from the food?
16 Nobody controls me. I’m uncontrollable. The only one who controls me is me, and that’s just barely possible.
17 [In his last-ever interview on the day he was murdered, December 8th 1980] I consider that my work won’t be finished until I’m dead and buried and I hope that’s a long, long time.
18 I don’t belong to any left wing, right wing, middle wing, Black Panthers, white Christians, Protestants, Catholics or nothing.
19 We’re not the first to say, ‘Imagine no countries’ or ‘Give peace a chance,’ but we’re carrying that torch, like the Olympic torch, passing it from hand to hand, to each other, to each country, to each generation. That’s our job.
20 ‘Imagine’ is a big hit almost everywhere – anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic, but because it is sugar-coated, it is accepted. Now I understand what you have to do. Put your political message across with a little honey.
21 When I used to see cowboys-and-Indians films when I was a kid in Liverpool, I was always on the side of the Indians.
22 I’m not going to waste my life as I have been, which was running at 20,000 miles an hour. I have to learn not to do that, because I don’t want to die at 40.
23 People think The Beatles know what’s going on. We don’t. We’re just doing it.
24 I’m often afraid, and I’m not afraid to be afraid, though it’s always scary. But it’s more painful to try not to be yourself.
25 Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only lawyers who think you can buy and sell it.
26 [on the song “Mother”] A lot of people thought it was just about my parents, but it’s about ninety-nine percent of the parents, alive or half-dead.
27 (at a 1971 rally) OK, so Flower Power didn’t work. So what?! We start again.
28 Eternity is a hell of a long time.
29 (about the song “Help!”) I was eating and drinking like a pig, and I was fat as a pig, dissatisfied with myself, and subconsciously I was crying for help. It was my fat Elvis period.
30 (on hearing that Elvis Presley had died) Elvis dies and his manager lives. Our manager died and we lived.
31 My wife forced me to become avant-garde when all I wanted to be was Tom Jones.
32 Well, we all know about “Yesterday. I have had so much accolade for “Yesterday. That is Paul’s song, of course, and Paul’s baby. Well done. Beautiful – and I never wished I had written it. [From the 1980 Playboy Interviews]
33 (on meeting his teenage crush, Brigitte Bardot, in 1968) I was on acid, and she was on her way out.
34 Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.
35 [Asked by a reporter if Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world]: In the world? He’s not even the best drummer in The Beatles!
36 Before Elvis there was nothing
37 Elvis really died the day he joined the army. That’s when they killed him, and the rest was a living death.
38 The more I see, the less I know for sure.
39 If everybody wished for peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.
40 I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.
41 Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
42 Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.
43 (late 1960s) My name’s not John Beatle, it’s John Lennon.
44 (on reconciling with Yoko in 1975, after more than a year apart) The separation didn’t work out.
45 I’ve made two ‘discoveries’ in my life: Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono. I think that’s a pretty damned good choice.
46 [looking back on his “more popular than Jesus” comment] I always remember to thank Jesus for the end of my touring days; if I hadn’t said that the Beatles were ‘bigger than Jesus’ and upset the very Christian Ku Klux Klan, well, Lord, I might still be up there with all the other performing fleas! God bless America. Thank you, Jesus.
47 Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that, I’m right and will be proved right. We’re (the Beatles) more popular than Jesus now. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me. I don’t know which will go first, rock and roll or Christianity. (to London’s Evening Standard, 1966)
48 My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn’t know how to cry. Simple.
49 Love means having to say you’re sorry every fifteen minutes.
50 We’re all Christ and we’re all Hitler. We are trying to make Christ’s message contemporary. We want Christ to win. What would he have done if he had advertisements, T.V., records, films and newspapers? The miracle today is communication. So Let’s use it.
51 Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
52 My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
53 God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
54 Will all the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry. [At Royal Variety Performance 4th November 1963]
55 When real music comes to me – the music of the spheres, the music that surpasseth understanding – that has nothing to do with me, ’cause I’m just the channel. The only joy for me is for it to be given to me, and to transcribe it like a medium…those moments are what I live for.
# Fact
1 Singer Liam Gallagher (whose band Oasis was often compared to The Beatles) named his son with Nicole Appleton, Lennon, as a tribute to him.
2 Allegedly gave money to the Provisional Irish Republican Army at the height of its terrorist campaign. Yoko Ono said that Lennon never knowingly gave money to the paramilitary group.
3 Like fellow Beatle George Harrison, Lennon was also known to be a very private man.
4 Dr. Stephan Lynn was the emergency room physician who received Lennon in the ER at Roosevelt Hospital after Lennon was shot a few minutes before 11: 00 pm that night. When Lennon arrived after being brought in by the police, he had no pulse and was not breathing. Dr. Lynn, two other doctors and a nurse worked on Lennon for 15 to 20 minutes in attempting to revive him. As a last resort, Dr. Lynn cut open Lennon’s chest and attempted manual heart massage to restore circulation, but he quickly discovered that the damage to the blood vessels above and around Lennon’s heart from the through-and-through gunshot wounds was too great. Dr. Lynn soon gave up and pronounced Lennon dead on arrival at 11: 15 pm, but the time of 11: 07 pm has also been reported by unknown sources. In response to Lennon’s wounds and medical treatment, Dr. Lynn later stated to reporters that: “If Lennon had been shot this way in the middle of this hospital’s operating room with myself and a whole team of surgeons and doctors ready to work on him… he still wouldn’t have survived his injuries”.
5 Because The Beatles‘ debut album “Please Please Me” was rushed into production and recorded in twelve hours, they recorded “Twist and Shout” last. Lennon had a bad cold, and producer George Martin feared that the song’s throat-shredding vocal would ruin his voice and thus the whole recording session.
6 Shortly after his death and before his cremation, John Lennon’s body was autopsied at the New York City morgue on 1st Avenue where the cause of death was reported as: “hypovolemic shock caused by the loss of more than 80% of blood volume due to multiple through-and-through gunshot wounds to the left chest and aortic arch”. The report also stated that as Lennon had been shot four times at close range with .38 caliber hollow-point bullets (which expand upon entering the target and severely disrupt more tissue as they travel through the target), Lennon’s affected organs (particularly his left lung) and major blood vessels above his heart were virtually destroyed/torn apart upon impact. At that close range, three of the bullets that hit Lennon passed completely through his body and exited out of his chest while the fourth (the fatal shot) logged in his aorta; a total of seven gunshot wounds. The pathologist who performed the autopsy on Lennon also stated in his report that even with prompt medical treatment, no person could have lived for more than a few minutes with such multiple bullet injuries.
7 A therapist described him with the statement “Howled like a dog, swore like a Merseyside Docker”.
8 After moving to New York city, Lennon’s natural Liverpool accent slowly started to become less prominent. Paul McCartney once recalled getting a phone call from him and not recognizing his voice since he sounded much more American.
9 Like songwriting partner Paul McCartney, he never learned to read sheet music.
10 Was born in an air-raid shelter during the Blitz.
11 Was known for being a very heavy sleeper and treated his bedroom as a very sacred space. Journalist Maureen Cleave wrote of John, “He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England.”.
12 Incorporated various musical genres later on in his career, between RB, Blues, Classical, and sounds of India and Africa.
13 Release of the book, “John” by Cynthia Lennon. [2005]
14 Release of the book, “John Lennon: The New York Years” by Bob Gruen. [2005]
15 LOVE album, a Cirque du Soleil soundtrack, remix, and mash up album of a bundle of The Beatles classics is released and produced by George Martin and his son, Giles. [November 2006]
16 Release of the book, “Memories of John Lennon” by his widow, Yoko Ono. [2005]
17 Release of the book, “John Lennon: The Life” by Philip Norman. [2008]
18 Release of the book, “Lennon Revealed”, by his friend, Larry Kane. [2005]
19 He felt very guilty about leaving his son Julian and worked hard to bridge their relationship towards the end of his life.
20 Attended Liverpool’s Dovedale Primary School (1945-1951) with TV and film personality Jimmy Tarbuck.
21 When Lennon attended Liverpool’s Dovedale Primary School (1945-1951), it was situated a mere two blocks from a street named “Penny Lane”.
22 Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia, says that when they were dating, John was smitten by French actress Brigitte Bardot. Cynthia says that in order to please John, she dyed her hair blond and began wearing outfits in the same style as Bardot. This included wearing berets, short skirts, and black thigh-high stockings, like the actress. There are many photos of Cynthia from the 1963-1965 time period that show her dressed and styled in this manner.
23 He and the other members of The Beatles were each awarded the MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Lennon later returned his MBE medal, as a protest against “Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria/Biafra thing, against our support of American in Vietnam, and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts”.
24 Portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy (2009).
25 One of the last recordings he made prior to his death was for fellow Beatle Ringo Starr‘s solo album “Stop and Smell the Roses”. John and his wife, Yoko Ono, joined Starr at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood where the album was being recorded.
26 In a 2007 interview on the BBC Radio program Desert Island Discs, his wife, Yoko Ono, revealed what his last words were. She said that he wanted to go home and see son Sean before he went to sleep rather than go out for dinner after leaving the recording studio. According to Ono: “I said ‘Shall we go and have dinner before we go home?’ and John said, ‘No, let’s go home because I want to see Sean before he goes to sleep.'” Moments later, he was gunned down in front of the historic Dakota building where the family lived in New York City.
27 Number 9 connection: he was born on 9 October 1940, his son Sean Lennon was also born 9 October, 1975. He wrote the songs “#9 Dream” (part of Lennon’s ninth solo album “Walls and Bridges”, which was released in the ninth month of 1974 and peaked at #9 in the US charts) and with The Beatles – One After 909 and Revolution 9.
28 Owned several cars in the 1960s, but gave up driving after he totaled his Aston-Martin on a trip to Scotland with Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon and Kyoko Ono Cox. Ono’s back was sprained; the rest of them required stitches. Lennon and Ono later mounted the wrecked car on a pillar at Tittenhurst Park. May Pang learned to drive when she and Lennon were living in Los Angeles, so they could travel together along the California coast.
29 Several of his personal assistants (and also his and Yoko Ono‘s tarot reader) later wrote memoirs of their time with Lennon, and each successive one picks up the approximate storyline where the last left off. These in order are: “The Beatles, Lennon and Me” by Peter Shotton (Lennon’s boyhood friend, later on the board of Apple Corps; worked briefly as their personal assistant), “John Lennon: One Day At a Time” by Anthony Fawcett (personal assistant from 1968-1971), “Loving John” by May Pang (personal assistant from 1972-1975, and also Lennon’s lover with Ono’s sanction), “Dakota Days” by John Green (Lennon and Ono’s tarot reader from 1975-1980), and “The Last Days of John Lennon” by Frederic Seaman (personal assistant from 1979-1982).
30 Best man at Peter Boyle‘s wedding on October 21, 1977. Boyle’s wife was friends with Yoko Ono.
31 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Its location is a few steps north of the (recently sold) Capitol Records tower.
32 He and The Beatles were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
33 During the 1960s he had attempted to instigate a live action adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “Lord Of The Rings” books (of which he was a fan), starring himself and his Beatle bandmates. Lennon had expressed interest in the role of Gollum, with Paul McCartney playing Frodo, Ringo Starr playing Sam and George Harrison playing Gandalf.
34 Voted the fifth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
35 His Steinway Model Z upright piano, the instrument he used to compose and record his signature song “Imagine”, was bought by singer George Michael for £1.67m in the year 2000, who then donated it to Liverpool’s Beatles Story museum.
36 Only performed three songs of The Beatles in concert after the group broke up, “Come Together” in Madison Square Garden in 1972, and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There” with Elton John, back at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving, 1974.
37 Was taught banjo chords by his mother, Julia, and played his guitar at first in banjo style. Paul McCartney later taught him proper guitar chords.
38 He claimed a disdain for The Beatles memorabilia, but privately sent assistants to fan conventions (including the early Beatlefests) to buy interesting or special items. One such trip reunited him with German friend Jürgen Vollmer. Considered showing up at a convention unannounced, just to see the reaction, but never did.
39 Inducted with Paul McCartney into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
40 Is portrayed by Ian Hart in Backbeat (1994).
41 He was a huge fan of Bing Crosby late in his life, reintroduced to Crosby’s music by a restauranteur friend.
42 Amateur photographer Paul Goresh was the last person to photograph Lennon alive, autographing his “Double Fantasy” album for Mark David Chapman, just hours before Chapman fatally shot Lennon. A press photographer sneaked into the morgue, photographing Lennon’s body in state before it was taken to be cremated.
43 The Beatles were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]
44 Is portrayed by Tim Piper in The Linda McCartney Story (2000).
45 Posthumous winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1982.
46 Felt that both “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Across the Universe” were poorly recorded.
47 Was best man at Peter Boyle‘s wedding to Loraine Alterman Boyle
48 Elton John is the godfather of his son Sean Lennon
49 The only member of The Beatles never to attend a Paul McCartney solo concert. Ringo Starr went to one in 1976 and Harrison went to one in 1993 (both preferred not to go onstage). Lennon was planning to visit McCartney in New Orleans during the “Venus and Mars” album sessions, but canceled when Yoko Ono became pregnant with Sean Lennon.
50 It was said that the birth of his son and his new fatherhood in 1975 made him much more sweet and mellow, even watching The Beatles‘ films and cartoons and listening to their records with Sean Lennon. Although he gave a rather biting interview to Playboy magazine in 1980, he was said by most of his associates to be much easier to work with in that part of his life.
51 Was the first Beatle to perform solo, appearing in The Rolling Stones‘s The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996) (filmed in December 1968), and also at a concert in Toronto the next year. Was also the only Beatle never to do a solo tour. Tours were planned for 1972 (cancelled because of his immigration problems) and 1981 (cancelled after his death).
52 Isolated himself from the members of The Beatles after 1974. He had slammed Paul McCartney in the press (to which McCartney vehemently responded), he and George Harrison had stopped talking after an argument over The Concert For Bangladesh (Lennon wanted Yoko Ono to be an integral part of the show, and Harrison didn’t want her to even perform). Lennon was also deeply hurt that Harrison largely left him out of his autobiography “I, Me, Mine”. They never spoke again after the release of the book. He stayed away from Ringo Starr because he wanted to stay sober (and Starr was always drinking). He and McCartney were together for the last time on April 24th, 1976 (the night of the first Saturday Night Live (1975) offer of $3200 for the Beatles to reunite). Harrison maintained in later years that their disagreement was petty and that there was no real animosity between them.
53 It was after hearing Paul McCartney‘s new single “Coming Up” that Lennon decided to return to music in early 1980. His reported response was, “Oh shit, I’ve got to get back.” Lennon loved the song.
54 Was the only member of The Beatles to eat meat regularly. Ringo Starr was a vegetarian for life, due to health problems. George Harrison converted in 1968, and Paul McCartney became one in 1975. Lennon mostly followed a macrobiotic diet (with brown rice as a staple), but not strictly.
55 In 1969 he recorded the song “Give Peace A Chance” in room 1742, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Canada. Norman Mailer, Tom Smothers, and Timothy Leary can be heard as part of the chorus.
56 According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries in 2006, The Beatles are the biggest popular music act of all time, with 400 million albums sold (50 million more albums than their runner-up, Michael Jackson).
57 His song “Imagine” was performed by Peter Gabriel at the opening ceremony to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
58 His song “Jealous Guy” became a UK number one single for Roxy Music in 1981 and was recorded as a tribute to Lennon. The band’s lead singer Bryan Ferry later performed it at the Live Aid (1985) concert at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
59 Moving to New York City in the early 1970s, he and Yoko Ono first sublet a luxury apartment in the Dakota Hotel from actor Robert Ryan, then purchased it from Ryan’s estate following his death. They later purchased several other apartments in the same building. One became their office, another storage for their video collection, another storage for clothing. One with Lennon’s instruments and jukebox briefly became the “Club Dakota”, for a New Year’s party with publicist Elliot Mintz.
60 The cover of Rolling Stone issue featuring a nude Lennon hugging and kissing a fully clothed Yoko Ono taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz was voted the top magazine cover of the last 40 years by a panel of magazine editors, artists and designers chosen by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The photo was the cover of Rolling Stone’s tribute to Lennon after his death. Ironically, the picture was taken on the last day of Lennon’s life.
61 The Beatles experimented with names throughout 1959. At one point they were called “Johnny and the Moondogs.” Another time they turned up to a show in different coloured shirts, and called themselves “The Rainbows”.
62 His “Mind Games” album came about because in 1973 the other members of The Beatles were behind quota in their renegotiated contract with EMI. Neither George Harrison nor Ringo Starr had released albums in 1971 or 1972 (Harrison’s The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) soundtrack didn’t count under the contract, as a charity all-star album, co-distributed by EMI and Columbia Records), while Lee Eastman had brokered a separate deal for son-in-law Paul McCartney. Lennon was in no hurry to return to recording after the failure of 1972’s “Some Time In New York City”, but with legal action pending against the former band, he locked himself away in a bedroom for 48 hours, writing and polishing off an album’s worth of songs, which he recorded quickly a couple of weeks later. The album was only a modest hit, but it satisfied EMI’s requirements.
63 Kept his old bow-tie from Quarry Bank School, and wore it for special occasions as an adult. Also had a favorite necktie that he wore every day to court in the mid-1970s, during his immigration hearings, and later during a lawsuit brought against him by publisher Morris Levy.
64 After his conviction for hashish possession in the fall of 1968 (he pleaded guilty on his lawyer’s advice, to “get it behind him” and to keep Yoko Ono from being prosecuted, and possibly deported from the U.K.), Lennon was denied entry into the U.S. during 1969 and 1970, at the height of his and Yoko’s “peace campaign”. Psychiatrist and Primal therapist Dr. Arthur Janov was able to arrange a medical visa for Lennon late in 1970, on the grounds that he and Yoko had come to Janov for treatment, and they were also allowed to return the next year for a series of custody hearings over Yoko’s daughter Kyoko Ono Cox. Their decision to stay in America at the end of 1971 led to a four-year court battle, with the hashish conviction at its heart (the conviction was eventually overturned by a U.S. court, clearing the way for him to apply for permanent resident status).
65 Danish rock band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy is not only named after a famous Beatles song (written by Larry Williams), but included on their second album “Rotator” was the song “11.07pm” honoring the memory of lead singer Tim Christensen‘s greatest songwriting inspiration.
66 Was a bright child, but not much of a student from secondary school (akin to middle and high school) on; he found little to engage him, and failed his last round of final exams by just a few points. Was able to enter Art school on a headmaster’s recommendation, but found it no more engaging, and slacked off, giving most of his energies to the Beatles, friends and girlfriends.
67 He was voted as a solo artist as the 38th Greatest Rock and Roll Artist by “Rolling Stone”. The Beatles were voted the Greatest Rock and Roll Artists of all time on the same list in the magazine.
68 Lennon declared his favorite album to be “Safe as Milk”, by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, buying two copies for the included sticker. Shortly before his death, he also said he enjoyed The Pretenders‘ hit single “Brass in Pocket” as well as the debut album of The B-52’s because it reminded him of Yoko Ono‘s music.
69 Yoko Ono signed over the royalties of his song “Imagine”, in perpetuity, to Amnesty International, a world-wide organization devoted to political prisoners.
70 His first girlfriend (at age fifteen) was named Barbara Baker; his girlfriend at Art school (before dating Cynthia Powell, later Cynthia Lennon) was named Thelma Pickles.
71 Although his music with and after The Beatles usually featured the latest technical and sound innovations, he was all thumbs when it came to most audio/visual equipment, and usually depended on a knowing technician or assistant to give him the sound or look he wanted. He also spent little time on remixing with his solo records; latter-day remasters of his solo albums have been carefully remixed, bringing out many subtleties in the music buried or lost in the original mixes.
72 He didn’t spend every day of his five years’ retirement at the Dakota. Yoko Ono or one of their consultants would occasionally send him (or the family) to different spots around the globe, for vacations or good-luck trips, beginning with a flight around the world from west to east to “clear their karma”. Lennon had to visit Hong Kong alone, book his own room, and see to his own meals, which he’d never done in his life; after a nervous first day (spent mostly in the bath), he finally tried going out for a walk – and was surprised to find that nobody took him for more than a tourist, let alone one of the world-famous Beatles. Not getting the celebrity treatment for the first time since his early twenties, he felt like he’d rediscovered himself.
73 Besides re-releases of his music, his presence has remained in the marketplace and media through selections from his writings and drawings, including a line of children’s products based on creations made for son Sean Lennon.
74 Cremated privately the day after his death. Yoko Ono has never revealed the whereabouts of the ashes, or what happened to them. In lieu of a funeral for John, Yoko asked the public for ten minutes of silence and prayer at 2pm ET on the following Sunday, December 14th, and to contribute to charities in his memory.
75 Married first wife Cynthia Lennon at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool; married second wife Yoko Ono on the Rock of Gibraltar.
76 In the days leading up to Lennon’s murder, his killer Mark David Chapman “lived the life” (in his words) of J.D. Salinger‘s “Catcher in the Rye” narrator Holden Caulfield, and was browsing a copy of that book when he was arrested.
77 His mother Julia was killed by a drunk driver when John was seventeen; his stepfather broke down at the news, and John had to go with the police to identify her body (he later named his first son [Julian Lennon] for her, and remembered his mother in the song “Julia”, ten years after her death). His best friend and former band mate Stuart Sutcliffe died from a brain hemorrhage in 1962, when they were both 21; John asked Stuart’s mother for the old scarf he’d worn to art school, and kept it as a memento.
78 His neighbors at the Dakota included singer Roberta Flack, and actors Peter Boyle, Gloria Swanson, and Lauren Bacall.
79 He was preoccupied with the number nine: An avant-garde composition on The Beatles‘ “White Album” was “Revolution 9”, while a solo recording of his was “#9 Dream”, a term he gave to a state of enlightenment. He died at 11 p.m. on December 8, 1980 in New York, but in his native England (five hours ahead), it was already December 9.
80 Was photographed for the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine by Annie Leibovitz on the day he was murdered. Had also just recorded an extensive interview for RKO Radio, and for the BBC the week before.
81 In 2002 Paul McCartney changed the credits to many of the songs he wrote with Lennon to “McCartney & Lennon” (from “Lennon & McCartney”) to a large public uproar. However, this was not the first time McCartney’s name appeared first; many of their early songs were so credited, and the same had been done with songs on the 1976 live album “Wings Over America”. In the credits to Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984), McCartney’s name appeared prominently – and alone – as composer of the songs performed, which included The Beatles tunes “Yesterday” and “Here, There and Everywhere”.
82 Paul McCartney wrote “Here Today” as a tribute to him. George Harrison remembered Lennon with his song “All Those Years Ago” (featuring Ringo Starr on drums, and Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney on background vocals). He is referenced in the work of several other music artists. Queen recorded a tribute to Lennon called “Life Is Real” from their “Hot Space” album. His death is the subject of The Chameleons‘ song “Here Today” (from their 1983 album “Script of the Bridge”). The Cranberries‘ song “I Just Shot John Lennon” explored the day of his murder. The Marillion song “Warm Wet Circles” refers to it in the lyric “like a bullet hole in Central Park” (from their 1987 album “Clutching at Straws”). His death is also referred to in the lyrics of the Badly Drawn Boy song “You Were Right” and the Bellamy Brothers‘ song “Old Hippie”. O.A.R. wrote “Dakota” from their album “Stories of a Stranger” in memory of Lennon. Richie Sambora‘s song “Made In America” references Lennon’s death and addresses his legacy. Elton John (a friend of Lennon’s) recorded “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” from his 1982 album “Jump Up!” as a tribute. David Bowie (also a friend) recorded the song “Never Let Me Down” (the title track of his 1987 album) as a homage to Lennon (Bowie sang it in the style of Lennon as well as performing mouth organ and whistling in a Lennon style).
83 He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of the album “Clutching at Straws” by rock band Marillion (released in 1987). His voice was also sampled for the introduction of the Marillion song “Gazpacho” (the opening track of their 1995 album “Afraid of Sunlight”).
84 In 1989, the Republic of Abkhazia (in the former Soviet Georgia) proclaimed independence. To show the world they were rejecting their Communist past, they issued two postage stamps of Groucho Marx and Lennon (as opposed to Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin).
85 His “In My Life” was played at the funeral of Kurt Cobain.
86 Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist) in 1994.
87 Widow Yoko Ono‘s photograph of John’s spectacles, bloodstained from day he was fatally shot outside their apartment building in December 1980, sold at auction in London, April 2002 for about $13,000. At a second Christie’s auction later in April, two tape recordings of Lennon were also sold. One, from the summer of 1969, was of Lennon making up tunes and telling six-year-old Kyoko about a dwarf who lived in their garden. It sold for $110,000. The other tape, a 25-minute recording of Lennon working on the melody and lyrics for “She Said She Said”, contains lyrics never heard in the song’s final version. It sold for $85,200.
88 In 2001 the Liverpool Airport was renamed the John Lennon Airport after him. In 2005, a replica of a Yellow Submarine was unveiled outside this airport as a further commemorative gesture.
89 In 1974, he and singer Harry Nilsson were ejected from the Troubadour Club in Hollywood by the bouncers, after they both heckled the Smothers Brothers (Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers) onstage. Lennon and Nilsson both sent flowers and an apology to the Smothers Brothers the next day, and Lennon replied to a columnist’s speculation that he might have been using drugs, with the confirmation that they’d simply had too many Brandy Alexanders.
90 Assassinated as he returned from the recording studio at around 10: 49 pm on Monday, December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota, his apartment building in New York, by Mark David Chapman, a crazed fan who shot Lennon four times in his back at close range (at least one gunshot wound was fatal which was to the aorta just above Lennon’s heart). Lennon was declared D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival; either already dead or near death) at 11: 07 pm when he was brought by the police to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital’s emergency room.
91 His murder was first announced to the world by U.S. sportscaster Howard Cosell during NFL Monday Night Football (1970). According to Frank Gifford, Lennon met Ronald Reagan when both were guests on “Monday Night Football” in the mid-1970s. After appearing on the show, he gave Gifford and Cosell each a complete collection of The Beatles albums, which he autographed.
92 He wrote the song “Beautiful Boy” for his son Sean Lennon, who was born on John’s 35th birthday.
93 He was given his U.S. Resident Alien registration (his “green card”) on the bicentennial of the American revolution: July 4, 1976. He was also informed that he would be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship in 1981.
94 Added “Ono” to his name in honour of wife Yoko Ono (aka Yoko Ono Lennon); he wished to drop his middle name Winston, but couldn’t under British law. While he never used “Winston” again, his U.S. Resident Alien card (aka “green card”) was issued to “John Winston Ono Lennon.”
95 Inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles January 20, 1988.
96 He used a number of pseudonyms in his musical work. These include Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Booker Table, Dwarf McDougal, Rev. Fred Ghurkin, Mel Torment, Dr. Dream, The Honorable John St. John Johnson, John O’Cean, Joel Nohnn, Kaptain Kundalini, Dad and Winston Leg-Thigh.
97 The first instrument he learned to play was the harmonica.
98 When “Rolling Stone” magazine was launched in November 1967, Lennon made the first cover, in a photo from How I Won the War (1967).
99 An actor named Mark Lindsay Chapman lost the part of John Lennon in John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), because he had a similar name (Mark Chapman) as Lennon’s killer. Chapman later portrayed Lennon in Chapter 27 (2007).
100 Father, with Cynthia Lennon, of Julian Lennon.
101 Father, with Yoko Ono, of Sean Lennon.

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