John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England on October 9, 1940 the only child of Julia and Alfred Lennon. His mother bought him his first guitar in 1956, but it was in 1963 after forming the Beatles he began his historic rise as a singer, songwriter and musician achieving worldwide fame as the most successful band in the history of popular music. Joining with Paul McCartney, they became one of the worlds greatest songwriting teams of all time.
In 1964 the Beatles debuted in America with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, followed by a two year period of non-stop touring and motion picture making. Lennon decided to become a solo recording artist in 1969 and in 1975 began a five-year hiatus from the music industry. In October of 1980 he emerged from retirement topping the Hit Parade with a single, “Just Like Starting Over.” Two months later while returning to his New York apartment with his wife Yoko Ono he was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman, who earlier that evening Lennon had autographed a copy of his Double Fantasy album for. John Lennon was pronounced dead upon arrival at the nearby Roosevelt Hospital. His body was cremated with the ashes scattered in New York’s Central Park.
As a solo recording artist John Lennon achieved success with million selling singles, “Instant Karma,” “Imagine,” “Whatever gets you through the night,” “#9 Dream,” “Just like starting over,” “Woman,” “Watching the Wheels,” and “Nobody told me.”
John Lennon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007 along with the Beatles.