Knowledge Identifier: +John_Lennon
English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music
Born in 1940.
Countries: United States (44%), United Kingdom (35%), (13%)
Linked to: Apple Corps, Black Panther Party, Dovedale Primary School, Quarry Bank High School
His father was often away from home but sent regular pay cheques to 9 Newcastle Road, Liverpool , where Lennon lived with his mother, but the cheques stopped when he went absent without leave in February 1944
In July 1946 Lennon's father visited Smith and took his son to Blackpool, secretly intending to emigrate to New Zealand with him
His mother bought him his first guitar in 1956, an inexpensive Gallotone Champion acoustic for which she "lent" her son five pounds and ten shillings on the condition that the guitar be delivered to her own house, and not Mimi's, knowing well that her sister was not supportive of her son's musical aspirations
Colin Hanton - Hanton was in an early line-up of the band from c Summer 1956 along with John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Pete Shotton and Rod Davis, and stayed with the band through several line-up changes until January 1959
Lonnie Donegan - The popular skiffle style encouraged amateurs to get started, and one of the many skiffle groups that followed was The Quarrymen formed in March 1957 by John Lennon
Cliff Richard - His 1958 hit single "Move It" is often described as Britain's first authentic rock and roll song, and John Lennon once claimed that "before Cliff and the Shadows, there had been nothing worth listening to in British music
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Sutcliffe became "The Beatles" in early 1960
Reginald Maudling - They had three sons and a daughter, the modish Caroline Maudling, who became a journalist in the 1960s as the "travelling teenager" of the "Daily Mail" and, among other things, appeared alongside John Lennon of the Beatles on BBC TV's "Juke Box Jury" in 1963
Joe Stefanelli - "'Joseph Leonard Stefanelli"' is an American musician and actor, of Italian descent, who is best known for performing the voice of John Lennon in the 1994 film "Forrest Gump"
Fritz Richmond - A well-known photo by John Byrne Cooke shows Richmond wearing his homemade pair in 1963, long before John Lennon popularized the "British welfare glasses"
In 1964, he became one of the first British musicians to acquire a Mellotron keyboard, though it was not heard on a Beatles' recording until "Strawberry Fields Forever" in late 1966
Yoko Ono - John Lennon once described her as "the world's most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.
Paul Frees - Frees provided the voices of both John Lennon and George Harrison in the 1965 "The Beatles" cartoon series, the narrator, Big D and Fluid Man in the 1966 cartoon series, "Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles" and of The Thing in the 1967 series "Fantastic Four", as well as President James Norcross in the 1967 cartoon series "Super President"
Tony Barrow - In 1965 and 1966 Tony Barrow travelled around the globe with John Lennon, Paul_McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on The Beatles' biggest, most lucrative and most dangerous international concert tours, conducting their massive daily press conferences wherever they were on the road, accompanying them on their very private "summit of the giants" meeting with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel Air, California, and setting up The Fab Four's media interviews and photo shoots when they returned home
John Maddison Morton - In 1967 the National Theatre performed Morton's "A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion" as part of a triple bill including a play by John Lennon
ABKCO Industries, formed in 1968 by Allen Klein as an umbrella company to ABKCO Records, recruited May Pang as a receptionist in 1969
Victor Spinetti - Spinetti co-authored "In His Own Write", the play adapted from a book by John Lennon with the Beatle which he directed at the National Theatre, premiering on 18 June 1968, at the Old Vic
After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon
Yoko Ono - John Lennon later gave Ono the original handwritten lyrics to "The Word", which were subsequently reproduced in Cage's book Notations published in 1969.
Although his friendship with Starr remained consistently warm during the years following the Beatles' break-up in 1970, Lennon's relationship with McCartney and Harrison varied
Eddie Lawrence - On February 22, 1971, Eddie appeared as a guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show , performing a five-minute "Old Philosopher" routine at the end of which Carson was laughing loudly and repeating some of its lines and, in 1974, he was heard as the announcer on a television advertisement for John Lennon and Harry Nilsson's album, "Pussy Cats", which included contributions by Ringo Starr and Keith Moon
King Curtis - In July 1971, Curtis recorded saxophone solos on "It's So Hard" and "I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama I Don't Wanna Die" from John Lennon's "Imagine"
Jim Keltner - He and Starr were the drummers on the Concert for Bangladesh, rock music's first charity benefit, initiated by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, in August 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New_York; he performed at the Garden in 1972 for John Lennon's "One To One" benefit for the Willowbrook State School
Following the "Bloody Sunday" incident in Northern Ireland in 1972, in which 14 unarmed civil rights protesters were shot dead by the British Army, Lennon said that given the choice between the army and the IRA he would side with the latter
In early 1974, Lennon was drinking heavily and his alcohol-fuelled antics with Harry Nilsson made headlines
Andy Newmark - After leaving the band in 1974, Newmark has performed and recorded with John Lennon, Cat_Stevens, Joe Walsh, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Patrick Moraz, Randy Newman, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Murray Head, Ronnie Wood, Roxy Music, ABC, Hue and Cry, Laura Nyro, Elkie Brooks, Sting, Steve Winwood, Nils Lofgren, George Benson and Michael Franks
Elton John - In 1974 a collaboration with John Lennon took place, resulting in Lennon appearing on John's single cover of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", the b-side of which was Lennon's "One Day at a Time
Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to devote time to raising his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album "Double Fantasy"
Buddy Holly - In addition, John Lennon recorded a cover version of "Peggy Sue" on his 1975 album "Rock 'n' Roll"
Michael X - The Save Malik Committee, whose members included Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Kate Millet and others, including the well known "radical lawyer" William Kunstler, who was paid by John Lennon, pleaded for clemency, but he was hanged in 1975
Carlos Alomar - In January 1975, Bowie and John Lennon recorded "Across the Universe" at Electric Lady Studios and from this session resulted the impromptu song "Fame" which evolved from the guitar riff Alomar had originated for the song "Footstompin'" during the Philly Dogs shows
He formally announced his break from music in Tokyo in 1977, saying, "we have basically decided, without any great decision, to be with our baby as much as we can until we feel we can take time off to indulge ourselves in creating things outside of the family
Robert Whitaker (photographer) - In the interview conducted just before his death in 1980 , John Lennon confirmed this
Paul McCartney's musical career - McCartney carried on recording after the death of John Lennon in 1980, but did not play any live concerts for some time, saying that he was nervous that he would be the next to be murdered
Yoko Ono - John Lennon retired from music to become a househusband caring for their child, until shortly before his murder in December 1980, which Ono witnessed at close range.
Annie Leibovitz - On December 8, 1980, Leibovitz had a photo shoot with John Lennon for "Rolling Stone", promising him that he would make the cover
Robert Rosen (writer) - John Lennon's diaries were given to Rosen in 1981 by Frederic Seaman, Lennon's personal assistant
Mark McGann - McGann first appeared on stage in 1981 in the production "Lennon" at the Everyman Theatre and the London Astoria where he portrayed John Lennon, role which won him the first of his two Olivier Award nominations for best actor in a West End show
Bryan Ferry - The band achieved their first and only UK number one single, "Jealous Guy", released in 1981 as a posthumous tribute to its author John Lennon who had been murdered some months earlier
In 1983, Wiener sued the FBI with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Pink Floyd - Gilmour had recorded his second solo album, "About Face", in 1984, and he used it to express his feelings about a variety of topics; from the murder of John Lennon to his relationship with Waters
Bernard Hill - In 1985, he played the lead role in a TV dramatisation of John Lennon's life, "A Journey in the Life"
In 2000, David Shayler, a former member of Britain's domestic security service MI5 suggested that Lennon had given money to the IRA though this was swiftly denied by Ono. Biographer Bill Harry records that following Bloody Sunday, Lennon and Ono financially supported the production of the film "The Irish Tapes", a political documentary with a Republican slant
Elizabeth Peyton - Since the late 2000s, Peyton's career was endorsed by the art market where the price of her works has steadily increased (an oil on canvas representing John Lennon was sold for a record $800,000 in 2005; the same oil on panel, entitled "Craig, 1997", was sold twice at Sotheby's in NYC, first for $384 000 in May 2007 and for $566 000 in November 2010).
Alan Davies - He was invited to champion the case for John Lennon to be the greatest Briton of all time on the BBC's "Great Britons" series in 2002
James Ray (singer) - John Lennon included "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" on his jukebox, the contents of which were issued as a double album in 2004 after the jukebox itself was purchased at an auction
Charlie Brill - They were interviewed in 2005 for the "Big Break" episode of PRI radio program "This American Life," regarding their Beatles-Sullivan experience, including a dressing room encounter with John Lennon
Mitzi McCall - They were interviewed in 2005 for the "Big Break" episode of PRI radio program "This American Life," regarding their Beatles-Sullivan experience, including a dressing room encounter with John Lennon
Phil Spector - Spector produced singer-songwriter Hargo's track, "Crying For John Lennon", which originally appears on Hargo's 2006 album "In Your Eyes", but on a visit to Spector's mansion for an interview for the John Lennon tribute movie, "Strawberry Fields", Hargo played Spector the song and asked him to produce it
George Harrison - In June 2007, portraits of Harrison and John Lennon were unveiled at The Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, where they will be on permanent display
Yoko Ono - In 2009, Ono created an exhibit called John_Lennon: THE NEW YORK CITY YEARS for the NYC Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex.
Chris Cornell - On September 11, 2009, Cornell performed John Lennon's "Imagine" on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien"
Christopher Eccleston - In November 2009, Eccleston was reported to have been cast as John Lennon in a BBC production called "Lennon Naked"
In December 2013 the International Astronomical Union named one of the craters on Mercury after Lennon