The Beatles are legends in and of themselves, but there’s probably none more iconic than the one and only John Lennon. (Sorry, Paul.) He was a singer, songwriter, artist, author, husband, father, and countless other things… and yesterday, he would have celebrated his 76th birthday.
Born to Julia and Alfred Lennon, who named him John Winston Lennon after his grandfather and Winston Churchill, John grew up and studied in Liverpool where he immediately showed interest in arts. While he didn’t excel in school, it was there that he formed his first band The Quarrymen, through which he met Paul McCartney. The rest, as they say, is history.
The songwriting partnership between John and Paul became one of the most successful of all time, with over 180 jointly-written songs. In fact, the pair is behind most of The Beatles songs, among them “Ticket to Ride,” “Hey Jude,” and “Yesterday.” After the band broke up in 1969, he continued to make music as a solo artist and worked on art and music with his wife Yoko Ono. He passed away 11 years later, after he was shot four times upon arriving at his apartment in New York.
Despite his untimely passing, John Lennon still remains one of the most influential musicians to date. He inspired many musicians with his songs, his skill, and his life in general, and is widely considered one of the greatest artists of all time. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Were you inspired by John Lennon? Which of his songs is your favorite? Share your stories in the comments below!
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