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Top 10 Facts - John Lennon
11.28.2015
Fact #1

John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born lohn Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

Fact #2

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skif?e craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960.

Fact #3

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", "Working Class Hero", and "Imagine".

Fact #4

After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to lohn 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.

Fact #5

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.

Fact #6

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.

Fact #7

He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994.

Fact #8

Lennon's first son, lulian, was born as his commitments with the Beatles intensified at the height of Beatlemania during his marriage to Cynthia. Lennon was touring with the Beatles when lulian was born on 8 April 1963.

Fact #9

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and 0no returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 pm.

Fact #10

After Lennon's death, historian Jon Wiener filed a Freedom of Information Act request for FBI files documenting the Bureau's role in the deportation attempt. The FBI admitted it had 281 pages of files on Lennon, but refused to release most of them on the grounds that they contained national security information.

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