10/09/1940 - 12/08/1980
John Ono Lennon was an English rock musician who gained worldwide fame as one of the founders of The Beatles.
John Winston Ono Lennon was an Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning English songwriter, singer, musician, graphic artist, author and political activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founders of The Beatles. Lennon and Paul McCartney formed a critically acclaimed and commercially successful partnership writing songs for The Beatles and other artists. Lennon, with his cynical edge and knack for introspection, and McCartney, with his storytelling optimism and gift for melody, complemented one another uniquely. In his solo career, Lennon wrote and recorded songs such as "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance".
Lennon revealed his rebellious nature and irreverent wit on television, in films such as A Hard Day's Night (1964), in books such as In His Own Write, and in press conferences and interviews. He channelled his fame and penchant for controversy into his work as a peace activist, artist, and author.
He had two sons, Julian, with his first wife Cynthia, and Sean, with his second wife, avant-garde artist Yoko Ono. Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan, Mark David Chapman, in New York City on 8 December 1980 after he and Ono returned home from a recording session.
In 2002, respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon into eighth place. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Lennon number 38 on their list of "The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time" and ranked The Beatles at number 1.
With The Beatles
* 1977: Outstanding contribution to music during the past 25 years
* 1977: Best British band of the past 25 years
* 1977: Best British album of the past 25 years (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
* 1983: Outstanding contribution to music
* 1982 BRIT Awards - Outstanding contribution to music.
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