John Winston Ono Lennon, 1940 - 1980

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Yoko Ono and John Lennon on 8 December 1980, photo by Annie Leibovitz
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Born: 9 October 1940, Liverpool, England, UK
Died: 8 December 1980, New York City

Born John Winston Lennon, his father Alfred was away at sea for his early years and his mother Julia was pregnant by another man when Alfred returned five year later. John was raised by Julia's sister Mimi from then on, Julia died in an auto accident in 1958 and John only saw Alfred again twenty years later. The year before her death, Julia bought John his first guitar and he formed The Quarrymen, a skiffle group. Paul McCartney joined the band after their second concert, and George Harrison soon joined the band, they became The Beatles and started two years of steady performing at Liverpool and Hamburg, Germany before their commercial success. The band broke up in 1970, some believe because of Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono. John and Yoko released two albums and moved to New York where they were active in peace causes, leading to a five-year effort by the Nixon Justice Department to deport Lennon. John had a relationship with May Pang, instigated by Ono, for about eighteen months. In getting back together with Ono, she was willing to continue her pregnancy only if John became a house husband, and for five years he basically devoted himself to raising Sean in that role. Ready to return to music, the couple released Double Fantasy and Rolling Stone sent Annie Leibovitz to the Dakota for a portrait session which created the brilliant image you see here. That night, John and Yoko returned to the apartment but John was shot by Mark David Chapman in the entrance to the building and was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital.

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