John Lennon (Beatle)

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Legal name: John Winston Lennon, John Winston Ono Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group would ascend to worldwide fame during the 1960s. After the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon pursued a solo career and started the band Plastic Ono Band with his second wife Yoko Ono.

He was born as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, where he became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1957, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. Lennon began to record as a solo artist before the band's break-up in April 1970; two of those songs were "Give Peace a Chance" and "Instant Karma!" Lennon subsequently produced albums that included John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and songs such as "Working Class Hero", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". 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 album Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album was released.

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 from London to Manhattan in 1971, where his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a lengthy attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. 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 had exceeded 14 million units. He had 25 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as a writer, co-writer, or performer. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon was twice posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: first in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again in 1994 as a solo artist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Best Friends Cleo Laine & John Williams 2
1982 Portrait of John Williams John Williams 3
1983 Classics Meet Pops Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1986 Classic Rock - The Original London Symphony Orchestra 1
1986 Lover’s Romance, Vol. 6 Various Artists 1
1990 Bridges Gene Bertoncini & Michael Moore 1
1990 Posaunenquintett Berlin Posaunenquintett Berlin 1
1990 Transformations Lubomír Brabec & Karel Vágner 1
1994 Manuel Barrueco plays Lennon & McCartney Manuel Barrueco 1
1995 Steelin' the Hits: A Steel Guitar Thriller! Various Artists 1
1995 By the Fireside Turtle Island String Quartet 1
1996 Décade Angelo Bearpark Brass Ensemble 1
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 3 2
1996 Once A Beatle Always The Pete Best Band & Vinnie Camilleri 1
1997 Bizarre or baRock Elizabeth Anderson 1
1997 In Memoriam Takemitsu; Shin‐ichi Fukuda 2
1997 The Art of the Toy Piano Margaret Leng Tan 1
1999 Classical Guitar by Yang Xuefei Yang Xuefei 1
2000 Hey Jude / Yesterday Kazuhito Yamashita 1
2000 Un dia de noviembre 大萩康司 2
2000 still echo; HEAVEN Various Artists 1
2002 Kids Celebrate America Various Artists 1
2002 Instrumental Moods of the Piano Various Artists 1
2003 Pure Celtic Chill Various Artists 1
2004 Bror lUrt Klub Klam 1
2004 Synthesizer Feelings Various Artists 1
2004 Transformations 村治佳織 2
2005 Complete BML, Volume 2 Stringfever 2
2006 Romance de amor Xuefei Yang 1
2007 Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino Various Artists 2
2008 Tambourine Dream Unmixed Versions Pocketknife & Cousin Cole 1
2009 Wooden Arms Patrick Watson 4
2009 Great Wall Tour Heinz Chapel Choir 1
2010 Now! 1970's Various Artists 1
2013 Old New & Blue Holland Baroque Society meets Eric Vloeimans 1
2014 Birds on a Wire Rosemary Standley & Dom La Nena 2
2015 Craig Ogden and Friends: The Perfect Summer Guitar Album Craig Ogden 1
2016 Made to Measure Countermeasure 1
2017 Gold The King’s Singers 1
2018 Mozart, Bernstein, Lennon Iiro Rantala, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen & Florian Donderer 1
Baby Road Various Artists 1
Klassik & Jazz Lounge Various Artists 1
Ressun rapsodia Ressun lukio 1
Swinging Trombones Berlin Trombone Quintet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 MagnifiCathy: The Many Voices of Cathy Berberian Cathy Berberian, Bruno Canino 1
1983 The New Collection Elton John 1
1984 Every Man Has a Woman Various Artists 1
1985 Now That’s What I Call Music: The Christmas Album Various Artists 1
1989 Celebration John Williams 1
1989 It's Christmas 18 Original Christmas Hits Various Artists 1
1990 To Be Continued... Elton John 4
1991 The Very Best of Classic Rock, Volume 3 Symphonic Rock Orchestra 1
1991 Missing You Various Artists 1
1991 Missing You: An Album of Love Various Artists 1
1991 Now This Is Christmas Various Artists 2
1991 The Haunting Sound of the Pipes of Pan [unknown] 1
1991 The Vaults Queen 1
1992 Capitol Records 50th Anniversary 1942-1992 Various Artists 1
1992 Classic Rock Box: WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
1992 Flight of the Condor: The Magical Sound of the Pan Pipes [unknown] 1
1992 It's Christmas Time Various Artists 1
1992 Pirate Radio Jingles From the Seventies Various Artists 1
1993 The Rolling Stone Collection: 25 Years of Essential Rock Various Artists 2
1993 All You Need Is X-Mas Various Artists 1
1993 Here is Christmas '93 Various Artists 1
1993 Tribute Various Artists 1
1994 100 Fiedler Favorites Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler 1
1994 The Exotic Beatles, Part Two Various Artists 1
1994 That's Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Greatest Hits John Williams 4
1994 Absolute Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Absolute More Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 The Best Pop Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1994 Wetten dass..? It's Christmas! Various Artists 1
1995 Hand in Hand (Songs of Parenthood) Various Artists 1
1995 Anthology 1 The Beatles 2.25 7
1995 Essential Themes Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Het Beste uit de Top 100 Allertijden: Editie ’95 Various Artists 1
1995 Hits for Xmas Various Artists 1
1995 Liverpool Pops at Home: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Beatles & Other Favourites Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbara Dixon & Carl Davis 1
1995 The Best Xmas Party Ever! Various Artists 1
1996 Momentos Various Artists 1
1996 Absolute Christmas Various Artists 1
1996 Rock Christmas, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1997 Superstar Christmas Various Artists 5
1997 The Best Christmas Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 3 4
1997 Absolute Christmas Various Artists 1
1997 Switched on Classics The Neon Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
1998 Ö3 Christmas Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1998 A Pop Aranykora 4 Various Artists 1
1998 The Ultimate Beatles Christmas Collection The Beatles 1
1999 A música do século, volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 The Exotic Beatles: Part Three Various Artists 1
1999 Backwell Choirs Backwell Junior Choir & Backwell Choirs 1
1999 Music of the Millennium Various Artists 1
1999 The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy’s Collection of Award Winning Music Various Artists 2
1999 Absolute Christmas Various Artists 1
1999 Absolute Christmas 1999 Various Artists 1
1999 De Janequin aux Beatles The King’s Singers 1

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