Legendary British singer-songwriter, singer and peace activist John Winston Ono Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Merseyside, England. Best known as the founder, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. Born to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon, his father would often be away from home and John was believed to have a rebellious relationship with them as depicted in some of his comments.
John Lennon Education Details
Lennon was raised as an Anglican and was described as a happy-go-lucky lad around his early high school times. However, his senior high school years were marked by a shift in his behavior, and eventually, he was thrown out of the college before his final year.
John Lennon Body Measurements
Lennon was a slim figure with height 5 ft. 9 inches and weight 63 kgs. He had brown eyes and medium length hair.
John Lennon Marriage Details
Lennon married Cynthia Powell, both fellow students at high school, in 1962. They had a son but their marriage was not a success with Lennon falling prey to the use of LSDs and Cynthia not liking that idea. Lennon later married Yoko Ono in 1969. Those two did have a good run and often combined advocacy with performance art. Lennon and Ono didn’t have a child but she miscarried a male child in 1968. She later gave birth to a child in 1975.
John Lennon Career Details
Lennon formed a skiffle group, the Quarrymen at the age of 15 in 1956. He met Paul McCartney who Lennon asked to join the band. The Beatles started with Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison (McCartney’s friend), SutCliffe (Lennon’s friend), and Pete Best in early 1960. However, the famous ‘Four-Piece-Line-Up’ of the Beatles was completed when Sutcliffe decided to leave and Best was replaced with drummer Ringo. This band stayed together until 1970. It was in early 1963 where they achieved mainstream success in the UK. They sold more than 600 million copies of their albums and became a worldwide phenomenon. They went on to be appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965. He left the Beatles in 1969.
Apart from the Beatles, Lennon released his first true solo album “Jonh Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” and appeared in the same stage with artists like Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell, etc. Although the band did not last many years, Lennon had a terrific solo career. He’s released 25 singles, and led the musical charts over Britain and the USA. His albums sold more than 14 million copies.
During the late 1970s, he was more often seen to be contributing to peace activism, the notable ones being the anti-Vietnam war anthem and the formation of Apple Corps which he described an attempt to achieve “artistic freedom with a business structure”.
Lennon was asked to leave the US on 23rd March 1973 by the US government while his wife was granted a permanent residence. In response, Lennon and Ono instead held a press conference to announce the formation of a state called Nutopia. Nutopia was a place with no land, no boundaries, and only people. They waved the flag of Nutopia- two handkerchiefs and asked for political asylum in the US on April 1, 1973. Soon, after the press conference, the Watergate scandal came into light, and Nixon had to resign after a few months. The successor of the White House, Gerald Ford did not show interest in continuing the matter and the deportation order was overturned in 1975.
John Lennon Net Worth And House
John Lennon’s net worth was estimated at $800 million. The house he lived with his Aunt at 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool is now a museum devoted to him where the visitors need to get the ticket to see his bedroom, kitchen, and garden where he used to walk.
John Lennon Controversies
Lennon’s life was full of controversies. From his overdose of LSDs leading to his wife Cynthia leaving him, to his targetted songs against the Maoist Revolution, his bitter relationship with his fellow Paul McCartney after the death of Brian Epstein, the band’s manager.
John Lennon Death
John Lennon was shockingly shot dead on 8 December 1980 by his fan Mark David Chapman. Chapman said that he did not like it when Lenon said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. He had planned to kill Lennon for months and waited for the 8th of December. Chapman met Lennon, Lennon signed Chapman’s copy of the album ‘Double Fantasy’ and later in the night, he shot Lennon in the back while they were about to enter their building. After the shooting, Chapman stayed there and read ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ until the police arrived.