John Winston Lennon, "The smart Beatle," was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. Lennon's father left him when he was three. His mother, Julia, sent him to live with his aunt in Woolton. Tragically, Lennon's mother got hit by a car and died in front of the aunt's house. Lennon saw the entire collision from the front lawn.
Lennon was very rebellious as a teenager. He would cut his classes to draw and write. In his later teens, he enrolled in an art school. He was so fond of American rock music that his aunt got him a quitar when he was fifteen.
He then started the band, The Quarrymen, which included the following: Paul Mcartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stu Stucliffe. Tragically, Stu got hit by a bus and died. Pete was having troubles, so he was replaced with Richard Starrky, (Ringo Star.) Their single, Love Me Do, was a huge hit in England. It was played on US radios about a year later. Extreme Beatlemania occured in 1964 when the band went on the Ed Sullivan Show. They then had another huge hit, A Hard Day's Night.
John wrote a book called In his Own Write before he remarked, "We're bigger than Jesus Christ!" The quote resulted in banning of all Beatles albums. Lennon publicly apoligized, and the albums were let back in the stores.The band stopped touring in 1966 to work in the studio. Lennon then appeared in the movie, How I won the War, in 1967.
Lennnon was the only married Beatle from 1962-1968 to Cynthia Powell. The couple had a son named Julian before divorcing in 1968. Lennon started to then associate more with Yoko Ono, a women he met in an art gallery in 1966. That couple married in 1969.
The band broke up then in 1970 which caused great sadness. Lennon continued perfoming in 1971 before he was arrested for drug use. He won the case and split up with Ono in 73 when she moved to Los Angeles. The couple got back together in 1975 before their son, Sean, was born on Lennon's birthday.
Sadly, John Lennon was shot by a fan, Mark David Chapman, on December 8th, 1980.
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