John Lennon was a singer, musician, and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as a founding member of the iconic British pop band The Beatles. His songwriting dualism with Paul McCartney remains the most successful of all time.
After releasing 13 albums with The Beatles – some of which are the most commercially successful records in history – the outfit disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued as a solo artist. John started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife Yoko Ono in 1969.
Lennon released 10 solo albums, via Apple Records, including Imagine (1971), and Double Fantasy (1980), and is revered as one of the most powerful songwriters of our time. John Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman on 8 December, 1980.
Lennon met Paul McCartney and George Harrison at school in the 1950s. The early Beatles influences reflected their love for the music of the time - mainly R 'n' B and rock 'n' roll from America.
As the main songwriter for the band, alongside McCartney, Lennon's trajectory as an artist couldn't be more comprehensively documented. Through the work of The Beatles, we see his style range from innocent songs of love, teenage rebellion, mysticism, activism and more - all imbued with a gift of poetry and appeal that saw the band reach a status of fame yet to be seen in human history.