Monday, February 14, 2011

John Lennon Facts

  • John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool to Julia Lennon after 30 hours of labour on October 9, 1940, during a German air raid.
  • John was inspired to become a pop star by listening to the music of Elvis Presley.
  • Without glasses, John was legally blind.
  • John loved cats, owning several at different times.
  • John formed his first band, The Quarrymen in 1956.
  • John didn't want George Harrison in The Quarrymen, at first, because he was too young.
  • John Lennon married Cynthia Powell on August 23, 1962, after finding out she was pregnant.
  • John and Yoko first met in 1966.
  • On the road, John would room with George Harrison, and Paul McCartney would room with Ringo.
  • John became increasingly interested in politics, and his music had a political slant.
"My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."
  • John spent time with the Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India.
  • John Lennon became embroiled in controversy on a visit to the US after he was quoted as saying 'the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ'. It led to many record burnings in the South of US.
  • In November 1968, John divorced his first wife Cynthia.
  • John and Yoko were married in March 1969.
  • John ate very little after a reporter labelled him "the fat Beatle" in 1965.
  • The Beatles broke up in 1970, they are estimated to have sold more than a billion records worldwide.
  • John drank 20 to 30 cups of tea or coffee every day.
  • John frequently chose to wear no clothing, even when he had visitors in his home.
  • John Lennon released his solo album 'Imagine' in 1971. It has frequently been voted most popular song in the world.
  • By 1978, John Lennon weighed only 130 pounds compared to over 165 pounds earlier in the year.
  • Mark Chapman shot John as he was walking into his apartment building around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 1980. He had signed his autograph for Mark Chapman six hours earlier.
  • Yoko had John's body cremated on Wednesday, December 10, 1980.
John Lennon Biography

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