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John Lennon (born 09.10.1940 - died 08.12.1980) John Lennon was an English musician, singer and songwriter who gained international fame during the 1960s as a member of Liverpudlian pop and rock group The Beatles. Lennon played guitar in The Beatles and formed a prolific song writing partnership with Sir Paul McCartney, producing hits such as 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Ticket to Ride', and 'Nowhere Man'. Lennon, along with his wife Yoko Ono, became a high-profile peace activist and sustained a successful solo career throughout the 1970s, with songs such as 'Imagine' and 'Give Peace a Chance', up until his murder in New York City in 1980. John Lennon: Net Worth According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of his death in 1980, John Lennon had a net worth of 800 million USD.
Childhood: John Winston Lennon was born in the Liverpool Maternity Hospital on 9th October 1940, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon. John's father was a merchant seaman, meaning he was often away from home for long periods of time. Julia's sister Mary Smith, or Mimi as she was known, stepped in to look after John. A pivotal moment occurred in John's life when, at the age of five, Alfred made John choose between his parents. John subsequently lost contact with his father for almost two decades, and spent the rest of his childhood living with his Aunt Mimi and her husband George Smith in their house 'Mendips' on Menlove Avenue, Liverpool. John attended Dovedale County Primary School before moving up to Quarry Bank High in 1952 after passing his eleven-plus. Julia visited her son daily and taught John to play the banjo, as well as introducing him to the work of Elvis Presley. In 1957 she bought John his first guitar. However, tragedy struck in 1958 when Julia was knocked down and killed.
Musical career: John Lennon formed his first band, the Quarrymen, in 1957. Paul McCartney and George Harrison were soon recruited to the band, followed by Stuart Sutcliffe who John had met at the Liverpool College of Art. John began writing songs with Paul and the band eventually changed its name to The Beatles. Sadly, John lost his friend Stuart, who died in 1962, just as The Beatles were about to play in Hamburg, Germany. That same year, George Martin signed The Beatles to Parlophone Records with Ringo Starr replacing Pete Best on drums. Brian Epstein was appointed as The Beatles' manager. Later, when Lennon and Epstein holidayed together, rumours would circulate regarding their relationship. Throughout The Beatles' success during the 1960s, John was often perceived as the leader of the group, and was noted for his sharp wit. John had various books published including 'In His Own Write', 'A Spaniard In The Works' and, later, 'Skywriting By Word of Mouth', all of which featured his surreal brand of writing and artwork. The Beatles' second single, 'Please Please Me', reached number two in the UK singles chart and from then on the band enjoyed an almost unbroken stream of number one singles, from 'From Me To You' in 1963, through to 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' in 1969. Along the way the group attracted a huge army of fans, and would often play concerts in which they were unable to hear themselves over the screaming crowds. This level of 'Beatlemania' prompted John to comment that "The Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ". This caused a backlash in some parts of America. Despite this, The Beatles were still extremely popular and in 1965 John Lennon was awarded an MBE, which he returned four years later. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the vast majority of The Beatles' songs and were credited on tracks as 'Lennon-McCartney'. The band released forty-six Top 40 singles and twenty-six charting albums. Lennon also found time to appear in The Beatles' films 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help', as well as Richard Lester's 1967 comedy, 'How I Won the War'. After playing their last concert in 1966, The Beatles concentrated on recording and also spent time in India, studying transcendental meditation. Whilst there, Lennon composed many of the songs featured on 'The Beatles (White Album)' and 'Abbey Road'. Lennon met artist Yoko Ono at a London gallery in 1966 who he later married. The pair released the album 'Two Virgins' in 1969. John Lennon left The Beatles in September 1969. Before The Beatles officially split in 1970, Lennon recorded three solo singles: 'Give Peace a Chance', 'Cold Turkey', and 'Instant Karma!' The 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' album was released in 1970, followed by 'Imagine' in 1971 which went double platinum and topped the charts in the US and the UK. The title track became an anthem for the anti-war movement. Later that year, Lennon moved to New York, and released 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'. Lennon and Ono were heavily involved in left-wing politics, reflected in Lennon's song writing at the time. John and Yoko also took part in primal therapy which is claimed to release childhood pain. Lennon penned the song 'Mother' in response to this. In 1973, on Ono's suggestion, Lennon moved to Los Angeles with Ono's assistant, May Pang. Lennon later referred to this period as his 'lost weekend'. During this time, John also became reacquainted with his son, Julian. Lennon returned to New York and released 'Walls and Bridges' in 1974, which featured a number one duet with Elton John. John and Yoko were reunited and in October 1975 their son, Sean Ono Lennon, was born. At this point, Lennon made the announcement that he was to retire from the music business and become a househusband. After a long battle with the US government, involving the FBI and the Richard Nixon Administration, Lennon finally received his green card and permission to stay in the US in 1976. However, on 8th December 1980, John Lennon was shot dead outside his home, the Dakota building in New York, by Mark David Chapman. Lennon continues to be mourned throughout the world and is the subject of numerous memorials and tributes, notably Strawberry Fields in New York's Central Park and Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland. Several Lennon records have been released posthumously, including the singles 'Woman' and 'Jealous Guy', as well as several albums of unfinished songs, out-takes, and live performances.
Personal Life: In July, 1962, Lennon discovered that his girlfriend, Cynthia Powell, was pregnant. The couple were then married in August, although it was kept secret in order to maintain the illusion of the Beatles not being married. Their son, Julian, was born while Lennon was on tour in 1963, and he did not see the child until three days later. Lennon met Yoko Ono between 1965 and 1966. They began their relationship in May, 1968 while Cynthia was away. Lennon and Ono slept together before Cynthia returned. She arrived to find Ono wearing her bathrobe - Lennon's only acknowledgment was 'Oh, Hi'. Lennon and Ono were married in 1969, and lived together until his death in 1980. The couple spent their honeymoon performing a 'bed-in' for peace in the Amsterdam Hilton hotel. Lennon's relationship with Ono is often cited as a factor in The Beatles' demise. On the 8th December, 1980, John Lennon was shot in the back four times by Mark David Chapman. This came in response to Lennon making comments about how The Beatles were more famous than Jesus, leading the heavily religious Chapman to murder Lennon for his blasphemy. John Lennon was pronounced dead upon arrival at Roosevelt Hospital at 11:07 pm.
Ono will co-produce the movie along with Michael De Luca, focussing on her relationship with Lennon and their activism in the 1970s.
The as-yet-untitled project will be written primarily by Anthony McCarten, whose take on the relationship between Stephen and Jane Hawking bagged him an Oscar nod in 2015. Yoko, now 83, will help produce the movie in tandem with Michael De Luca, whose credits include The Social Network, Moneyball and Captain Phillips.
Yoko Ono will be producing a biopic about her relationship with John Lennon
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An artifact of their bitter post-Beatles feud is expected to fetch thousands.
A scolding letter written by John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney is expected to fetch upwards of $20,000 at auction in Boston, Massachusetts, though it's not clear who the seller is. The closing bid will take place on Thursday (November 17th 2016).
Paul McCartney gets scolded by John Lennon in historic letter
The letter consists of two pages written both by hand and on a typewriter with a Bag Productions Inc. letterhead, and is an intimate reflection of the acrimony between the two Beatles and McCartney's wife in the wake of the bands split. It's estimated to have been written around 1971; two years after his marriage to Yoko Ono and a year after the Beatles disbanded.
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A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.
All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.
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In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen.
Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too.
Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.
The 73 year old is trying to get control of his share of The Beatles' catalogue's US publishing rights, after the Michael Jackson estate sold its rights back to Sony/ATV Music.
Sir Paul McCartney has launched a bid to regain control of his share of The Beatles’ catalogue’s US publishing rights from Sony / ATV Music Publishing. Although he co-wrote the majority of the legendary band’s hits, McCartney has never actually controlled the publishing.
The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows living artists to apply to regain control of publishing rights 56 years after the material is first published. This means that the earliest songs in The Beatles’ catalogue become available in 2018.
According to Billboard, the 73 year old singer filed papers on 15th December 2015 with the US Copyright Office, requesting a termination notice for 32 songs. Most of these date from 1962-1964, though a handful date from much later, such as ‘Come Together’ which won’t be available until 2025.
The guitar was used on the recordings of classic Beatles tracks ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘PS I Love You’.
A guitar stolen from John Lennon in 1963 has sold for $2.4m at an auction in Beverley Hills. The Gibson acoustic was used on the recordings of ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘PS I Love You’ and auctioned alongside other items of Beatles memorabilia, including a drum head which went for $2.1m.
A guitar stolen from John Lennon has sold for $2.4m at auction.
The guitar and the drum head fetched two of the highest prices ever paid for items of rock and roll memorabilia. Lennon’s guitar had been in the possession of novice musician John McCaw for decades, who bought it in the late 1960s without knowing it had been stolen from the Beatle.
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The contract, which replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr on drums, is the only management contract the group ever signed.
The document, dated October 1st 1962, was signed at Epstein’s office in Whitechapel a matter of days before the group released their first single ‘Love Me Do’. It confirmed Epstein, often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, as the group’s permanent manager and also brought in Richard Starkey (known obviously as Ringo Starr) in place of their former drummer Pete Best.
The Beatles' management contract went under the hammer this week
The document is expected to fetch around $150,000 when it goes on sale on September 19th.
A critical piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is to go on sale next month, with the news that the first ever recording contract signed by The Beatles is to go under the hammer in New York.
The Associated Press reports that the contract, believed to have been signed when The Fab Four were in Hamburg, Germany in 1961 serving as backing band for Tony Sheridan on the song ‘My Bonnie’, will be up for auction alongside about 300 other pop music artefacts sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a German record producer and graphic designer who died in 2010.
A fresh-faced Fab Four at the start of their career
The artwork was unveiled to remember Lennon, who was assassinated in New York in 1980, his struggles to gain citizenship, and the money his music has raised for Amnesty International since 2004.
A tribute to the late John Lennon was unveiled in New York on Wednesday, with a tapestry unveiled in a ceremony attended by a number of stars including Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and U2 stars Bono and The Edge.
The cheeky artwork, which depicts Manhattan as a yellow submarine in a sea of blue, is on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Lennon himself appears on the tapestry as the captain of the submarine and giving the peace sign. The piece was commissioned by an organisation called Art For Amnesty to thank Ono for diverting more than $5 million in royalties from the singer’s post-Beatles music to Amnesty International since 2004.
Yoko Ono unveiled the tapestry honouring her late husband John Lennon
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The study found there had been three music revolutions since the 1950s.
A study by the University of London and Imperial College has concluded that the emergence of hip hop has had the biggest impact on the charts of any genre since the 1950s. The study also found that the importance of The Beatles may have been overstated, suggesting that the fab five did not spark a musical revolution.
The Beatles may not have been that revolutionary
The study found there were three musical revolutions on the charts, the first being in 1964 with the rise of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles. The second was in the mid 80s with the use of synthesisers and drum machines, while the third came in 1991 when rap and hip-hop infiltrated the mainstream charts.
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Yoko Ono, John Lennon, George Harrison, look-a-likes and Lauren Atkins - Yoko Ono, John Lennon and George Harrison look-alikes pose with Lauren Atkins, MD of The Malins Group - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 1st August 2013
John Lennon and Tim Biancalana - John Lennon impersonator Tim Biancalana Tuesday 9th October 2012 Fans gather at the Strawberry Fields memorial for the celebration of what would have been John Lennons 72nd Birthday.
Date of birth
9th October, 1940
"I don't want to be king, I want to be real." 📸 ©Bob Gruen, 1975. https://t.co/FrOiJhsqDA https://t.co/oPbQteA20t
"If we're really seriously trying to change it, let's get in there and change it. I believe, 'drop IN.'"
RT @ringostarrmusic: Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love. 😎✌️🌟💖😇☮ https://t.co/Z5kpyLLlkO
"I'm full of optimism because of the contacts I've made, there's other people around I can agree with, I'm not insane and I'm not alone."
RT @yokoono: My next curated @Spotify playlist is: @JohnLennon Love Songs I hope you enjoy listening and sharing love, yoko https://t.co/jN…
"I'm never ever ever ever ever gonna let you go..." Happy Birthday, @yokoono https://t.co/5hD8VFdpan
#OnThisDay, 17th February 1975, Rock'n'Roll, John's album of rock'n'roll covers was released.… https://t.co/t88FJBGL5t
"Imagine if the whole world stayed in bed. There'd be peace for a week. They might get to feel what it was like. Tension would be released."
RT @GeorgeHarrison: #OTD 16FEB1968 George and @johnlennon arrive in Rishikesh to study meditation with #MaharishiMaheshYogi. https://t.co/R…
"Everybody is talking about peace but nobody does anything about it in a peaceful way."
"Love is real, real is love..." Happy Valentine's Day love, John & Yoko https://t.co/WdhuL3nd3C
"If anybody can put on paper what our government 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 they're doing, I'd be very pleased to know. I think they're all insane."
RT @thebeatles: Fantastic news-The Beatles:Eight Days A Week wins Best Music Film Grammy. Congrats @RealRonHoward & everyone who worked so…
RT @GeorgeHarrison: Congrats to @RealRonHoward for winning the best music film @Grammys for 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- the Touring…
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#OnThisDay, 12th Feb 1970, John, Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band appeared on Top of The Pops to perform Instant Karma! https://t.co/kU7qw0oZkO
"We're gonna package peace in a new box."
#OnThisDay, 10th February 1986, John Lennon Live in New York City was released. https://t.co/YA0hcsaWET
RT @yokoono: We protested for rights & for peace in the 60s & 70s I am proud we are still together and doing it with love Love & peace will…
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