John LennonJohn Lennon was a great song writer and musician. He played the rhythmguitar, the piano, and sang.
He was in the most popular group in the history ofrock music. In 1959, John founded this group, called The Beatles.The original Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,and Pete Best.
Brian Epstein became the manager of the Beatles in 1961. Epstein mademany changes in the group. John rebelled and did not want to “package” and”clean up” the group in order to please fans. These changes were made anywaydespite John’s protests.The Beatles had signed a contract with EMI records and were beginning torecord with them. On August 16, 1962, Pete Best, the drummer was suddenly firedfrom the group.
Ringo Starr was inducted into the Beatles two days after Bestwas fired.John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared the credit of songs written byeither one of them. The credit simply read Lennon-McCartney. The two as songwriters were a perfect mix.
John had a quick artistic sense and he was easilyexcited by new challenges, he projected a sarcastic and rebellious tough-guypersonality, who was actually a vulnerable romantic. While Paul projected thesweet image and who was underneath an injured, controlling, perfectionist.By 1964, The Beatles arrived at JFK Airport.
They were greeted withmass hysteria. Two days later, more than 73 million people watched them performlive on the Ed Sullivan Show. Four weeks later, The Beatles held the top fivemusic singles in America at the same time.John was influenced by many things in 1965-1966 such as psychedelia,marijuana, and Bob Dylan.
Many felt that these years were the best song writingyears of John Lennon’s life.1966—The Beatles had been touring for over four years, and they,especially John were tired of it. John wanted to spend more time with his wife,Cynthia, and his song, Julian. At one time, they had to do 32 concerts in 19days. On their next album, Beatles For Sale, the material reflected how unhappyJohn and Paul were with life on the road.
Songs like “I’m a Loser” and “NoReply” spoke of depression and the frenzy of life in the spotlight. John oncesaid, “It’s like we’re four freaks being wheeled out to be seen, shake our hairabout, and get back into our cage afterwards.”The Beatles felt that they needed to work only in the studio now. So,on August 29, 1966, The Beatles performed their last live performance ever atCandlestick Park in San Francisco, California.Almost a year later, Brian Epstein, the Beatles Manager was found deadin his apartment of a suicidal overdose. This caused many problems for thegroup. John later admitted that “The Beatles were finished when Eppy died. Iknew, deep inside me, that that was it, without him, we’d had it.
“John met a Japanese artist name Yoko Ono in 1967. In just a few weeks,the two were inseparable. This new relationship destroyed John’s marriage withCynthia and eventually destroyed his relationship with Paul McCartney, and theother Beatles. After John’s divorce from Cynthia, John Winston Lennon changedhis name to John Ono Lennon in honor of Yoko Ono.
He insisted on using”JOHNANDYOKO” as his official signature and identity. John and Yoko weremarried in the year of 1969.John released his first solo single in 1969, “Give Peace a Chance.” Hedid not credit this song to Lennon-McCartney, but to The “Plastic Ono Band.”On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney resigned from the Beatles. The groupdissolved officially in 1971.John Lennon and Paul McCartney became rivals after the Beatles broke up.They were at constant competition with records.
John released his “Signature”solo album: Imagine in 1971. One song on the record, entitled “How do youSleep?” includes the lines:The only thing you done was YesterdayAnd since you’ve gone you’re just Another DayHow do you sleep?These lines were directed to Paul McCartney.John Lennon recorded seven albums during 1970-1975 which includedImagine–1971 and Rock and Roll–1975.John semi-retired from music in 1975-1980. He was raising his son, Sean,with wife, Yoko Ono.In 1980, John and Yoko released Double Fantasy.
By November, theiralbum was climbing to the top of the charts.On December 8, 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono left their Dakotaapartment to go to the recording studio. A young man named Mark David Chapmanapproached John, wanting to get his picture taken with im. The two werephotographed together. At 10:49 p.
m. that night, John and Yoko were returningfrom the studio when Chapman stepped out of the shadows and gunned down John OnoLennon at the age of 40.The world mourns the loss of John Lennon.Music and Movies