John Lennon (Beatle)

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Legal name: John Winston Lennon, John Winston Ono Lennon

Also performs as: Booker Table and The Maitre D's


John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English guitarist, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful and musically influential band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager; his first band, the Quarrymen, first became the Silver Beatles, and finally, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a sporadic solo career that produced albums including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and songs such as "Give Peace a Chance", "Working Class Hero", and "Imagine". After he married Yoko Ono in 1969, he added "Ono" as one of his middle names. 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.

By 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 twice, in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and in 1994 as a solo artist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins Yoko Ono / John Lennon 5
1969 Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions John Lennon / Yoko Ono 5
1969 Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album John & Yoko 2 3
1970 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 3.35 14
1971 Imagine John Lennon 3.5 16
1972 Some Time in New York City John & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band 3 11
1973 Mind Games John Lennon 3.5 14
1974 Walls and Bridges John Lennon 9
1975 Rock ’n’ Roll John Lennon 3 12
1980 Double Fantasy John Lennon & Yoko Ono 4 19
1983 Milk and Honey John Lennon & Yoko Ono 10
1986 Menlove Ave. John Lennon 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Shaved Fish Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 4 6
1989 The John Lennon Collection John Lennon 3 7
1990 Lennon John Lennon 2
1993 Karaoke Lennon & McCartney John Lennon & Paul McCartney 1
1994 Beatles Classic Hits John Lennon & Paul McCartney 1
1997 Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon John Lennon 3 5
1998 Anthology John Lennon 2
1998 Wonsaponatime John Lennon 2
2001 Instant Karma: All Time Greatest Hits John Lennon 1
2004 Acoustic John Lennon 4 2
2005 Working Class Hero: The Definitive Lennon John Lennon 4 3
2006 Remember John Lennon 1
2008 Descubriendo a Lennon John Lennon 1
2008 Greatest Hits John Lennon 1
2010 Power to the People: The Hits John Lennon 3
2010 John Lennon Signature Box John Lennon 2
2010 Gimme Some Truth John Lennon 1
2012 The Gold Collection John Lennon 1
2014 Icon John Lennon 2
Best John Lennon 1
Greatest Hits John Lennon 1
Peace, Love & Truth John Lennon 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Elton John & John Lennon Live! 28th November 1974 Elton John & John Lennon 1
1986 Live in New York City John Lennon 3

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Down John Lennon & Yoko Ono 5 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Imagine: John Lennon: Music From the Motion Picture John Lennon 4
2006 The U.S. vs. John Lennon: Music From the Motion Picture John Lennon 1

Album + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Heart Play: Unfinished Dialogue John Lennon & Yoko Ono 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Instant Karma! / Who Has Seen the Wind? John Lennon / Yoko Ono 7
1970 Mother John Lennon 3
1971 Power to the People John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 3
1971 Imagine John Lennon 4
1971 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 3
1972 Woman Is the Nigger of the World John Lennon 1
1973 Mind Games John Lennon 2
1974 Whatever Gets You Through the Night John Lennon 3
1974 No. 9 Dream John Lennon 2
1975 Stand by Me John Lennon 2
1975 Be Bop a Lula / Move Over M S.L. John Lennon 1
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
1982 Love John Lennon 1
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

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 4 John Paul George Ringo 2

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Lennon Legend: In his Own Words John Lennon 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Unplugged John Lennon 1

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