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John Winston Ono Lennon, (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

As of 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Angry John Lennon letter to Phil Spector sells for £53,000

Angry John Lennon letter to Phil Spector sells for £53,000

1970s letter was angry at Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson for urinating on studio console

  • Mar 30, 2014

John Lennon letter blaming Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon for urinating in studio up for auction

The correspondence, titled 'A Matter Of Pee', goes under the hammer tomorrow

  • Mar 20, 2014

Mansion where John Lennon wrote 'Sgt Pepper's...' songs up for sale for £14 million

Lennon brought Kenwood in 1964

  • Jan 7, 2014

John Lennon had 'just no interest whatsoever', school reports show

The Beatles legend's detention sheets are up for sale

  • Nov 11, 2013

John Lennon's childhood home sells for £480,000

Anonymous American buyer snaps up house which inspired many of The Beatles' songs

  • Oct 30, 2013

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