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Also Known As: John Ono Lennon, John Winston Lennon Died: December 8, 1980
Born: October 9, 1940 Cause of Death: Murder (Shot to Death)
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: musician, actor, writer, composer

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A founding member of The Beatles, and, along with Paul McCartney, half of one of the most celebrated and influential writing teams in the history of recorded music, John Lennon was a musician, writer and political activist whose tragic death at the hands of a so-called "fan" deified him in the eyes of the world. Through his music with The Beatles and even his solo literary efforts, Lennon brought wit, fire and poetry to his work. In the wake of the band's very public and ugly dissolution in 1970, he emerged from the maelstrom that surrounded the group to forge his own musical identity; first as a raw and uncompromising experimental rocker alongside his controversial bride, Yoko Ono, and later as the composer of such wistful material as "Imagine" and "Woman." An assassin's bullet felled him in front of his New York City apartment on Dec. 8, 1980, but his name and image continued to live on as a symbol of peace and hope for future generations.

A founding member of The Beatles, and, along with Paul McCartney, half of one of the most celebrated and influential writing teams in the history of recorded music, John Lennon was a musician, writer and political activist whose tragic death at the hands of a so-called "fan" deified him in the eyes of the world. Through his music with The Beatles and even his solo literary efforts, Lennon brought wit, fire and poetry to his work. In the wake of the band's very public and ugly dissolution in 1970, he emerged from the maelstrom that surrounded the group to forge his own musical identity; first as a raw and uncompromising experimental rocker alongside his controversial bride, Yoko Ono, and later as the composer of such wistful material as "Imagine" and "Woman." An assassin's bullet felled him in front of his New York City apartment on Dec. 8, 1980, but his name and image continued to live on as a symbol of peace and hope for future generations.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Erection (1971) Director
2.
  Rape (1969) Assoc (see note)
3.
  Gimme Some Truth: The Making of the "Imagine" Album (2000) Segment Director ("Making Of Imagine")
4.
  John and Yoko's Imagine (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 LennonNYC (2010)
3.
 Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, The (1995) The Dirty Mac--Band Member
4.
 Ten For Two (1989) Himself
5.
 Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Narration
7.
 Dynamite Chicken (1972)
9.
 Let It Be (1970)
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Milestones close milestones

:
Raised by aunt Mary Elizabeth Smith in Liverpool after parents separated
1955:
Started first music group "The Quarrymen"
1957:
Paul McCartney and George Harrison joined the group
1961:
Newly-named "Beatles" discovered by promoter Brian Epstein; first commercial record, "My Bonnie"
1962:
EMI signed group (which now included Ringo Starr); first hit records released
1963:
The Beatles rocketed to worldwide stardom
1966:
Met Yoko Ono at London art gallery
1968:
Lennon and Ono arrested "for possession of cannabis"
1969:
Married Yoko Ono; held "Bed-In for Peace"; legally changed middle name to "Ono"; formed "Plastic Ono Band"; returned MBE to Queen Elizabeth
1971:
Best-selling album <i>Imagine</i> released
1974:
Made last public performance (Nov. 28) at Madison Square Garden
1976:
Given resident status in U.S. after years of wrangling with State Department
1980:
Shot to death by deranged fan Mark David Chapman outside of NYC home on Dec. 8, 1980
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Education

Quarry Bank High School: -
Dovedale Primary School: -
Liverpool College of Art: - 1957

Notes

He won an additional five Grammy Awards and an Oscar shared with The Beatles.

In June 2001, it was announced that the Liverpool Airport would be renamed the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in the musician's honor. The actual re-naming occurred in March 2002.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Cynthia Powell. Married on August 23, 1962; divorced in 1968.
wife:
Yoko Ono. Conceptual artist, musician. Born in Tokyo, Japan on February 18, 1933; married from March 20, 1969 until Lennon's death.
companion:
May Pang.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Fred Lennon. Separated from John's mother c. 1943.
mother:
Julia Lennon. Killed in a traffic accident in 1957.
aunt:
Mary Elizabeth Smith. Raised Lennon after his parents separated in 1941; born in 1903; died on December 6, 1991.
half-sister:
Ingrid Pedersen. Born c. 1944; was product of affair between Julia Lennon and unidentified soldier; given up for adoption at birth; Lennon reportedly searched for her after 1964; revealed her identity in August 1998.
half-sister:
Julia. Mother, Julia Lennon.
half-sister:
Jacqui. Mother, Julia Lennon.
step-daughter:
Kyoko Cox. Daughter of Yoko Ono and her first husband, Tony Cox.
son:
John Charles Julian Lennon. Musician. Born on April 8, 1963; mother, Cynthia Powell.
son:
Sean Taro Ono Lennon. Born on October 9, 1975; mother, Yoko Ono.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"In His Own Write"
"A Spaniard in the Works"
"The Last Days of John Lennon" Birch Lane Press
"We All Shine On: The Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song 1970-80" Carlton
"Lennon in America" Cooper Square Press
"Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon"
"Lennon Remembers: The Full <i>Rolling Stone</i> Interviews from 1970" Verso Books
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