John Lennon, an English singer, songwriter, musician, and campaigner for peace, gained worldwide prominence as a founding member, co-composer, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist for the Beatles. He was also a part of the band’s original lineup. His defiant demeanor and acerbic sense of humor shone through in all of Lennon’s creative endeavors, including his music, writing, and artwork, as well as his performances on film and his interviews. His co-writing with Paul McCartney remains the most successful songwriting partnership in the annals of music history.
As a young boy, John Lennon, who was born and raised in Liverpool, was heavily involved in the skiffle movement. In 1956, he established a band that later evolved into the Beatles under the name the Quarrymen. In the beginning, he served as the de facto head of the band and was sometimes referred to as “the wise Beatle.”
However, Paul McCartney eventually took over those responsibilities. In the middle of the 1960s, Lennon produced two volumes of gibberish essays and line drawings under the titles In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works. Both volumes were self-titled. His musical contributions, starting with the song “All You Need Is Love,” served as anthems for the fight against the war and for the counterculture as a whole.
In 1969, he established the Plastic Ono Band in collaboration with his second wife, the multi-disciplinary artist Yoko Ono. In addition to this, he organized the two-week Bed-Ins for Peace protest against the war, and he quit the Beatles to pursue a career as a solo artist.
Between the years 1968 and 1972, Lennon and Ono collaborated on a number of songs, the most successful of which were “Give Peace a Chance,” “Instant Karma!,” “Imagine,” and “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” in a number of different countries. This collaboration resulted in a trio of avant-garde albums, his solo debut as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and several top 10 singles.
After he moved to New York City in 1971 and began publicly denouncing the Vietnam War, the administration of Richard Nixon made repeated attempts over the course of three years to deport him. The separation between Lennon and Ono lasted from September 1973 to January 1975.
When they came back together, they collaborated with Elton John on the number-one smash “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” and with David Bowie on “Fame.”  During this period, they also worked with David Bowie on “Fame.” After a hiatus of five years from the music industry, John Lennon returned in 1980 with the album Double Fantasy, which included collaboration from Yoko Ono. A Beatles fan by the name of Mark David Chapman shot and killed him three weeks after the CD was made available to the public.
As a singer, composer, and/or co-writer, Lennon is responsible for 25 of the number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The most successful album of his career, Double Fantasy, was honored with the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1981. In 1982, John Lennon was honored with the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music for his work in the field.
In a vote conducted by the BBC in 2002 to determine who the 100 Greatest Britons were, John Lennon finished in ninth position. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 38th best artist overall and the fifth finest singer in the world. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame both inducted him into their respective halls of fame. – Only 70s Radio
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