John Lennon (Beatle)

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John Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. 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" and "Working Class Hero". After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John 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.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. Controversial through his political and peace activism, he moved to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by Richard Nixon's administration to deport him, while some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture.

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. 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. He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1980 (Just Like) Starting Over / Kiss Kiss Kiss John Lennon & Yoko Ono 2
1981 Woman John Lennon 2
1981 Watching the Wheels John Lennon 2
1984 Nobody Told Me John Lennon 2
1984 Borrowed Time John Lennon 3
1984 I'm Stepping Out John Lennon 3
1984 Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him John Lennon 2
1985 Jealous Guy John Lennon 2
1988 Imagine / Jealous Guy John Lennon 1
Imagine John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Instant Karma! Compilation John Lennon 4

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Heart Play: Unfinished Dialog John Lennon & Yoko Ono 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Lennon Legend: In his Own Words Interview John Lennon 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Unplugged John Lennon 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Джон Леннон Compilation John Lennon 1
The John Lennon Collection Compilation John Lennon 1

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