This man needs no introduction. On this day, in 1940, one of the most prolific songwriter-musicians in history, John Lennon, was born.
John Winston Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, England, to Julia and Alfred Lennon on October 9, 1940. He was named after his paternal grandfather and the then-British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Throughout the rest of his childhood and adolescence, following the deterioration of his parents’ relationship, Lennon lived with his aunt and uncle, Mimi and George Smith, who had no children of their own. Lennon was raised as an Anglican and attended Dovedale Primary School, after which he attended Quarry Bank High School.
At an early age, Lennon was already exposed to music, having received a mouth organ from his uncle, and having learned how to play the banjo through his mother.
He was chiefly the founding member of The Beatles, which was basically an evolution of his first band, The Quarrymen. He met Paul McCartney at the Quarrymen’s second performance, after which the latter was asked to join the band. George Harrison then joined as the lead guitarist, and with Lennon’s friend Stuart Sutcliffe, the four made rounds as The Beatles in early 1960s. It was only two years later, that Sutcliffe would depart from the band, and Ringo Starr would come in as the drummer.
And the rest, they say, is history.
After his separation from the band in 1969, Lennon then went on to develop his solo music career, releasing the albums John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band in 1970, and Imagine in 1971, both of which garnered critical acclaim. It was also around this time that he has started to fashion his political stance and activism, advocating peace and most notably, criticizing the US for their part in the Vietnam War.
His untimely death in 1980 may have been a great tragedy, but Lennon continues to influence dreamers all around the globe, thanks to his music and his legacy.
All information for this article was taken from the John Lennon Wikipedia page.