John Lennon Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

8th February 2016

Fact: Several locks of John Lennon's hair have become a hot auction item online. Bosses at Dallas, Texas firm Heritage Auction have obtained the chunk of hair, which a stylist snipped off before Lennon's appearance in 1967 movie How I Won The War. Bidding for the odd item sailed past $12,000 (£8,000) on Monday (08Feb16).

21st April 2015

Fact: Remastered vinyl copies of John Lennon's solo albums are to go on sale as a box set, titled Lennon, in June (15). The records will be released for sale individually in August (15).

1st April 2015

Fact: Sir Paul McCartney has a daily reminder of John Lennon - a 2015 calendar featuring photographs of his late Beatles bandmate adorns a wall in the kitchen of his recording studio in East Sussex, England.

14th August 2014

Fact: Entourage star Kevin Dillon has signed on to play the real-life New York police officer who attempted to save John Lennon after the Beatles star was shot outside his Dakota Building home in 1980. First-time director Jeremy Profe's The Lennon Report will chronicle the people who tried to keep the music legend alive.

7th February 2014

Fact: John Lennon's singer son Sean teamed up with rockers The Flaming Lips to pay tribute to The Beatles with a cover of Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds during Thursday's (06Feb14) U.S. broadcast of The Late Show With David Letterman. The Tv gig was part of a week-long series of performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first American Tv gig, which took place on 9 February, 1964 at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Letterman show tapes.

2nd December 2013

Fact: John Lennon's school detention cards dating from the 1950s have been sold at auction for almost $12,750 (£8,500), The two report cards, which branded the Beatles legend a "nuisance", went under the hammer in England over the weekend (30Nov-01Dec13).

15th October 2013

Fact: The floorboards of the church where The Beatles legends Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met almost 60 years ago have been put on online auction site eBay. Bids on the block of wood from St. Peter's Church in Liverpool had already reached $750 (£500), with eight days of the auction left. All proceeds will go towards the church.

23rd August 2013

Fact: A jacket worn by The Beatles legend John Lennon in the '60s sold for $10,350 (£6,900) at an auction on Thursday (22Aug13). The Imagine singer left the blue garment in Britain when he moved to the U.S. in 1971.

15th July 2013

Fact: John Lennon's Ferrari has sold for almost $558,000 (£360,000) at auction. The late Beatles star paid $10,075 (£6,500) for the motor in 1965.

12th May 2013

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono shocked U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross by wrapping his upper body and head in bandages in a bid to make him feel "peaceful". The interview aired in Britain on Saturday night (11May13).

18th March 2013

Fact: A new blue plaque commemorating The Beatles stars John Lennon and George Harrison has been unveiled in London. The memorial was placed on the site of a shop on Baker Street once owned by the band's Apple Corps company. It replaces a previous plaque which was solely dedicated to Lennon.

10th October 2012

Fact: Dozens of Beatles fans held a candlelit vigil at John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday night (09Oct12) to celebrate what would have been the late singer/songwriter's 72nd birthday. The devotees ate birthday cake, signed a card and sang the slain hero's peace anthem Imagine.

9th October 2012

Tweet: "Happy Birthday to my dear friend, Sean!" Actor JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT sends his best to Sean Lennon, who turned 37 on Tuesday (09Oct12) - the same day his late father, John Lennon, would have turned 72.

19th September 2012

Tweet: "John Lennon named as @NME's Ultimate Icon. I'm so thrilled! I'm sure he's thrilled, too - up there! Big kiss, yoko". John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is proud of THE BEATLES star's latest posthumous achievement. He was named rock's ultimate icon by editors at British music magazine Nme this week (begs17Sep12), beating former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher into second place.

14th September 2012

Fact: A small island once owned by John Lennon has been put on the market for $387,300 (£242,063). The Beatles icon purchased the land, off the west coast of Ireland, in the hopes of building a house and living out his retirement there. His widow, Yoko Ono, sold the property to farmers in 1984.

28th August 2012

Tweet: "My dear friend @SeanOnoLennon contributed this beautifully written piece to the Nyt. I encourage you to read it". The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt applauds John Lennon's son Sean for voicing his fears about hydraulic fracturing in a New York Times opinion piece, which was published on Tuesday (28Aug12).

12th August 2012

Fact: Fans of late singer John Lennon have a chance to own the Beatles star's former home in Surrey, England - it is on the market for $24 million (£15 million).

10th February 2012

Tweet: "Dear Paul McCartney at last all four stars shine brightly together. I know John is very happy for you on this special day. Lots of love Yoko." Yoko Ono reaches out to her late husband John Lennon's Beatles bandmate following his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Thursday (09Feb12).

2nd October 2011

Quote: “If John and George were still here it’s highly likely we would’ve had a Beatles reunion. I think we would’ve mellowed to the point where we would’ve said, ‘Come on, let’s do it’." Sir Paul McCartney is convinced the Beatles would have staged a comeback if George Harrison and John Lennon were still alive.

26th August 2011

Fact: Bell-ringers at Exeter Cathedral in the U.K. will perform a recital of John Lennon's peace anthem Imagine on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks next month (Sep11). The event will be broadcast online.

7th July 2011

Tweet: "Happy Birthday Ringo! Peace and Love! lots of love from yoko" John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono wishes Ringo Starr well on his 71st birthday. The former Beatle celebrates his big day on Thursday (07Jul11).

15th June 2011

Quote: "It was much more concise than when I saw it previously. I enjoyed it much more this time around." John Lennon's musician son Julian gives beleaguered Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark the thumbs up after attending the show's official opening on Tuesday night (14Jun11).

14th June 2011

Quote: "I let him drive here once and I was freaking out. It was on the 405 (freeway) and I said, 'Tell me when you're ready to pull over and I'll take over from here.'" John Lennon's one-time lover May Pang insists the former Beatle was a terrible driver.

14th January 2011

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and moviemaker Sam Taylor-Wood have donated their personal artwork to an auction for a British cancer charity. The pieces will be sold off in London on Tuesday (18Jan11) to benefit Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres.

8th December 2010

Fact: John Lennon's last journey was an ironic reflection of his life - after championing working class heroes and his roots from Liverpool, England throughout his career, the singer shared his final ride to a New York morgue with a poor John Doe who was never identified. The Beatles legend was tragically shot dead by crazed fan Mark Chapman 30 years ago on Wednesday (08Dec10).

8th December 2010

Fact: The original location of the New York emergency room where John Lennon was declared dead 30 years ago on Wednesday (08Dec10) is now a CVS drug store. The exact spot where medics at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital tried desperately to save the singer's life is situated in the shampoo aisle of the pharmacy.

23rd November 2010

Quote: "I was force-feeding myself... melting Haagen-Dazs (ice cream) and mixing it with olive oil and soy sauce and drinking that." Jared Leto did not enjoy gaining weight to play John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman in CHAPTER 27.

10th November 2010

Fact: A military jacket worn by Beatles legend John Lennon in 1966 is expected to fetch as much as $188,000 (£125,000) when it goes under the hammer in Los Angeles next month (Dec10).

2nd November 2010

Fact: Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and Will Ferrell teamed up for a touching rendition of John Lennon's IMAGINE on U.S. late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (01Nov10).

24th October 2010

Fact: A plaque paying tribute to late Beatles legend John Lennon has been unveiled by his widow Yoko Ono at the first home the couple shared in London. The blue sign has been placed at the property in the city's Montagu Square, where the pair lived in 1968. Lennon's bandmates Ringo Starr and Paul MCCartney, as well as Jimi Hendrix, also resided at the house at one time.

9th October 2010

Quote: "The world is taking a stand against wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. John would have done that but he'd have loved the new communication media. He would have been writing statements and sending them out to the world as a blogger and a Tweeter." Yoko Ono is convinced her peace-loving husband John Lennon would have used the internet to spread his message.

9th October 2010

Quote: "I don't think that he would have retired; he's not the retiring type." Yoko Ono thinks her late husband John Lennon would still have been a big part of the music industry if he had lived to see his 70th birthday on Saturday (09Oct10).

9th October 2010

Quote: "He would have been very angry about the situation that's going on in the world now and probably would have started to become an activist." Yoko Ono on what her late husband John Lennon would have been doing on his 70th birthday on Saturday (09Oct10) had he survived an assassination in 1980.

5th October 2010

Fact: Hellraising rocker Ozzy Osbourne has paid tribute to late BEATLE John Lennon by recording a cover version of his classic hit Imagine for charity. Proceeds from the track, released on iTunes on 5 October (10), will benefit human rights organisation Amnesty International.

30th September 2010

Fact: The three existing members of John Lennon's first band The Quarrymen will perform at a pre-U.S. release screening of the late Beatles star's biopic Nowhere Boy in Hollywood on Thursday night (30Sep10). The film, which has already been released around Europe, will hit cinemas in America next month (Oct10) to mark what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday. The Quarrymen will also pay tribute to Lennon at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday (01Oct10).

7th August 2010

Quote: "I always knew John Lennon had a very gentle side, otherwise I couldn't live with him. He was always very nice to me. But when Sean was born, he was a totally different person, not just nice. He was so much into bringing Sean up." Yoko Ono insists her late husband, JOHN LENNON, was a changed man after the birth of their only child, Sean Lennon, in 1975.

19th June 2010

Fact: Revellers at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London's Hyde Park on 27 June (10) will be treated to a special tribute exhibition of photographs taken by Sir Paul McCartney's late wife LINDA. The snapper's most iconic pictures, including ones of John Lennon and the Rolling Stones will be on show at the event's VIP tent.

17th May 2010

Fact: John Lennon biopic NOWHERE BOY will open in America on 9 October (10) - the day before what would have been the late beatle's 70th birthday.

20th April 2010

Fact: Construction workers at John Lennon's former home in England have discovered what they believe to be the Beatles legend's secret stash of drugs. A bag containing broken glass bottles has been unearthed at the site. Lennon reportedly buried bottles of LSD in the grounds of his mansion in 1967 - and subsequently forgot the location of the hiding place.

16th November 2009

Quote: "If Britney Spears is walking there (beside me), I think they (fans) would rather go for her than me." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono ranks her celebrity.

15th November 2009

Fact: British actor Christopher Eccleston has taken on the role of John Lennon for a new BBC drama. The ELIZABETH star plays the late beatle in NAKED, which tells the story of Lennon's life.

21st October 2009

Quote: "It feels like I've reared a child. I hope no-one bullies it and everybody likes it." Director Sam Taylor-Wood hopes the public and critics approve of her forthcoming film NOWHERE BOY, about John Lennon's childhood.

18th September 2009

Fact: A 1966 magazine signed by late Beatles legend John Lennon and containing an interview in which he famously claimed the band was more popular than Jesus has sold at auction for $12,713 (£8,475). A New York-based surgeon purchased the issue of Datebook.

17th September 2009

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is donating $390,000 (£260,000) to the John Lennon Awards Scheme to give scholarships to disadvantaged students attending Liverpool John Moores University in the Beatles legend's hometown.

9th September 2009

Fact: Artist-turned-director Sam Taylor-Wood's John Lennon biopic NOWHERE BOY will debut as the closing movie of the London Film Festival on 29 October (09).

4th September 2009

Fact: The London house where John Lennon and Yoko Ono shot their nude cover for the TWO VIRGINS album is set to be given a commemorative plaque. The Beatles legend will be one of only a few people to be honoured twice with a blue plaque, placed on homes or buildings of cultural significance in the U.K. - his childhood Liverpool home also bears the prestigious honour.

4th August 2009

Fact: The world premiere of NOWHERE BOY, which chronicles the early years of late Beatles star John Lennon, will close this year's (Oct09) London Film Festival.

19th June 2009

Quote: "It's shocking, I've been to a few Glastos in my time, I've even played at a few, and it just didn't seem like that was the kind of artist they had headlining. I heard they called him and he didn't even know what it was." John Lennon's son SEAN is baffled as to why Bruce Springsteen was chosen to headline this year's (09) U.K. music festival Glastonbury.

13th June 2009

Fact: Superproducer Mark Ronson is working with John Lennon's son SEAN on his new band. The beatmaker is producing and playing bass for GHOST OF A SABRE TOOTHED TIGER.

13th June 2009

Fact: Superproducer Mark Ronson is working with John Lennon's son SEAN on his new band. The beatmaker is producing and playing bass for GHOST OF A SABRE TOOTHED TIGER.

28th May 2009

Fact: John Lennon's family life is to be portrayed by his son JULIAN and former wife CYNTHIA in a new intimate exhibition in his home town of Liverpool, England next month (June09).

27th May 2009

Fact: Beatles fans can bid on the white iron balcony railings John Lennon purchased in the 1960s for his aunt MIMI when they go under the hammer on Wednesday (27May09).

13th May 2009

Quote: "I was a rebel from Japan, and John was a rebel from the U.K. But maybe people had this idea that John was a pop-rock star and I was an Asian woman walking behind him." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono on the public disapproval of her relationship with the tragic beatle.

21st April 2009

Fact: John Lennon was a budding professional soccer star before he joined THE Beatles. The late star dreamed of playing for England's Liverpool Football Club, according to pal Pete Best.

2nd April 2009

Quote: "She was the most incredible person, the epitome of the rock star's girlfriend. That's my mission in life, to match her on that one." Yoko Ono fan Lady GaGa is on the hunt for her own John Lennon.

30th March 2009

Quote: "I can't sound like John Lennon but I can do Tom Jones." Rocker Chris Cornell on his musical impersonations.

26th January 2009

Fact: SIR Elton John has been voted the world's most iconic glasses wearer, beating off competition from bespectacled BEATLE John Lennon. The ROCKET MAN star has owned more than 20,000 pairs over the years.

26th January 2009

Fact: Muslim convert Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly knows as CAT STEVENS, has covered George Harrison's THE DAY THE WORLD GET ROUND for a new album, which will be sold to raise cash for American Indians. The project is the brainchild of KLAUS VOORMANN, who worked with Harrison's former Beatle bandmate John Lennon in the PLASTIC ONO BAND and came up with the Fab Four's Revolver album cover art.

16th January 2009

Fact: Pop sensation Lady GaGa has a peace sign inked on her wrist in tribute to late beatle and GIVE PEACE A CHANCE hitmaker John Lennon.

28th November 2008

Quote: "LILY is really retro so she's kind of like, 'Oh I wish you could work with Joan Crawford or JANICE JOPLIN. She's into Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon ' I'm like, 'They're dead now. I totally get it, but it's probably not going to happen.'" Kate Beckinsale's daughter LILY wants her mother to work with dead Hollywood celebrities.

30th October 2008

Quote: "I remember someone telling me my mum wants to talk to me and sensing a very strange atmosphere in the house. I remember her telling me, 'Your dad's been shot and killed,' and the thing that felt most important to me was that I didn't want her to see me cry.... As soon as my mum couldn't see me, I think for days I cried." John Lennon's son SEAN on the night his father was killed, in PHILIP NORMAN's new biography JOHN LENNON: THE LIFE.

22nd September 2008

Quote: "That to me was like when Matisse turned his back on painting and decided that everything he wanted to say artistically from now on could be said by a few simple shapes cut out of paper. It was as if ELVIS had left Vegas in the 70s and started to play with the punks." Sean Lennon on his late father John Lennon forming THE PLASTIC ONO BAND in 1969 with his widow, Yoko Ono, before the dissolution of THE Beatles.

12th August 2008

Fact: Iconic music magazine ROLLING STONE, which has featured controversial covers of John Lennon, Britney Spears and Kanye West, is set to change its signature magazine size. The publication will adopt industry standard measurements for its October (08) issue.

8th August 2008

Fact: Oasis star Liam Gallagher has written a tribute to John Lennon for the band's new album. The singer is a lifelong fan of the late beatle - even naming his eight-year-old son after the music legend.

1st August 2008

Quote: "It was an album of strings of songs seemingly strung in that order for almost no reason. It was hodge-podge in a grand way, showing the state of mind that they were in then. I liked that." John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is still a fan of THE Beatles' White Album.

9th June 2008

Fact: A team of pensioners in Liverpool, England have volunteered to keep a 24 hour watch over a statue of John Lennon after it was targeted by robbers stealing the wire-rimmed spectacles from the Beatles star's likeness.

3rd April 2008

Quote: "It's not a film that I was jumping up and down about making but I thought it was worthwhile examining such a difficult and disturbing event in the hopes that some understanding can come from it." Jared Leto on playing John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman in CHAPTER 27.

30th March 2008

Quote: "It was a complete miserable experience to make and I will never do it again." Jared Leto on gaining 67 pounds to play John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman in CHAPTER 27.

1st March 2008

Fact: Late BEATLE John Lennon has inspired a new Ben + Jerry's Ice Cream flavour named Imagine Whirled Peace. The packaging of the toffee and fudge ice cream features Lennon's signature and the dessert comes with complete with chocolate peace signs.

27th January 2008

Fact: A BEATLES-themed hotel called The Hard Days Night Hotel opened on Friday (25Jan08) in Liverpool, England. The four-star establishment features paintings in every room by PAUL YGARTUA, John Lennon's art-school friend, and Plastic Ono Band member KLAUS VOORMAN, who designed the album artwork for the band's 1966 album Revolver.

27th November 2007

Fact: REAL LOVE, the John Lennon tune the Beatles recorded for their ANTHOLOGY CD package in the mid 1990s, is being used to promote U.S. department store JC Penney this Christmas (07).

22nd November 2007

Quote: "As I recall, MICHELANGELO was not particularly social. I don't think John Lennon was particularly social either." Joaquin Phoenix has no plans to start networking more in Hollywood.

18th October 2007

Fact: The Hard Rock theme park opening in South Carolina in 2008 will feature a three-storey 'Mount Rockmore' featuring the faces of John Lennon, ELVIS, Jimi Hendrix and BOB MARLEY.

10th October 2007

Fact: John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono unveiled a tower of light in Iceland on Tuesday (09Oct07), a tribute to mark what would have been the late beatle's 67th birthday. The Imagine Peace Tower in Videy island, near Reykjavik, will shine each year between his date of birth and the anniversary of his death on 8 December. Lennon was assassinated outside his New York apartment in 1980.

29th September 2007

Fact: A three-day music festival in honour of John Lennon began on Friday (28Sep07) in the remote Scottish village of Durness, where the murdered beatle star used to spend his childhood summers.

21st August 2007

Fact: The piano played by late BEATLE John Lennon on the day he was murdered is on sale for $380,000 (GBP190,000).

30th July 2007

Fact: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's son SEAN is reportedly dating teenage Dolce + Gabbana model CHARLOTTE KEMP. The couple was spotted holding hands while dining at New York's La Goulue restaurant on 19 July (07).

5th July 2007

Quote: "Of course he f**king would. Because we are f**king brilliant." Modest Razorlight frontman JOHNNY BORRELL is confident John Lennon would have loved his music.

29th May 2007

Fact: A grand piano used by late Beatle John Lennon is on sale for $380,000 (GBP190,000) on a U.S. website.

26th May 2007

Fact: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best, HELP! and A HARD DAYS NIGHT star VICTOR SPINETTI and ex-WINGS star DENNY LAINE are to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney's first meeting at a Las Vegas Fab Four convention in July (01-03JUL07).

27th January 2007

Quote: "I had a very religious approach to developing the character. It's not like the director said, `Cut!' and everyone was able to laugh and go get a drink and talk about something extraneous." Jared Leto on portraying John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman in CHAPTER 27.

3rd December 2006

Fact: Garbage star Shirley Manson is working on her first solo album with Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan and Jack White, but plans to release a cover of a John Lennon track as her first single.

30th November 2006

Fact: An old grey shirt once belonging to late Beatles legend John Lennon is expected to fetch over GBP6,000 ($12,000) when it goes under the hammer at a London auction house this afternoon (30NOV06).

14th November 2006

Fact: Kazakhstan is paying tribute to THE Beatles by unveiling life-size statues of the Fab Four outside a concert venue on 9 December (06) - one day after the 26th anniversary of John Lennon's death.

6th November 2006

Quote: "I'm not built to be a celebrity. I met ELVIS and John Lennon, and I was an idiot, a complete moron. I think of myself as a plumber." Meat Loaf insists he's an anti-celebrity.

30th October 2006

Fact: The Cure, THE Black Eyed Peas and Maroon 5 have contributed covers of John Lennon hits to a new Amnesty International campaign. The covers are being offered for sale on the charity organisation's website.

5th October 2006

Fact: Paris Hilton's beleaguered publicist Elliott Mintz was once the publicist for John Lennon and YOKO ONO.

9th December 2005

Fact: <p>Hollywood veteran Lauren Bacall joined fans outside the Dakota building in New York City paying tribute to late BEATLE John Lennon on the 25th anniversary of his murder yesterday (08DEC05). </p>

8th December 2005

Fact: <p>Music bible Rolling Stone are commemorating the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder today (08DEC05) by posting audio from a classic 1970 interview, in which he speaks candidly about The Beatles break-up, drugs and his personal life, on their website </p>

23rd November 2005

Fact: <p>Punk icon Patti Smith joined U2 frontman Bono for a version of John Lennon's INSTANT KARMA as part of the encore of the Irish rock group's seventh show of 2005 at New York's Madison Square on Monday night (21NOV05). Smith also supported the group at the show. </p>

17th November 2005

Fact: <p>UB40's new album WHO YOU FIGHTING FOR features a reggae version of rare John Lennon/Paul McCartney tune I'LL BE ON MY WAY. </p>

4th November 2005

Fact: <p>The late John Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono will join Jay-Z and Mariah Carey among the artists to be honoured by the New York Grammy chapter at the Recording Academy Honours gala on 7 December (05). </p>

25th October 2005

Quote: <p>"Yoko came up to me when I was in my twenties, and she put her hand on me and she said, 'You are John's son.'" U2 rocker Bono was thrilled YOKO ONO saw her late husband John Lennon in him. </p>

7th October 2005

Quote: <p>"I love him, I really do. How much? Well, you know Leningrad in Russia? I think they should rename it Lennongrad in honour of him." Coldplay's Chris Martin on his love for John Lennon. </p>

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