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John Lennon

October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980

John Lennon was born and raised in Liverpool, England. His parents were Julia and Alfred Lennon, but they did not raise him. His Aunt Mimi did. His father left them when John was very young. Julia left young John with her sister and left, too. She did show up again when John developed a taste for rock and roll. She taught him to play banjo cords on the guitar and supported him through and through. Julia was hit by a car and killed shortly after re-entering his life.

He started a band with boys from his school, Quarrybank. John first met Paul at one performance. Paul became an almost instant part of the "Quarrymen," simply because he could play the guitar very well already. George Harrison was younger than the two of them. He taged along with them and came to every gig with his guitar in hopes that he could play. Often enough, one boy or another wouldn't show and George would replace him. Soon enough, he became part of the group.

John went into art college, which is where he met a boy by the name of Stu Sutcliffe. They were the most promising and the least promising students in the school. John convinced Stu to take the money he earned from one of his painting, and buy a bass guitar. It was when he was a part of the group that they came up with the name "The Beatles." This name being a pun on John's part, seeing that they played "beat" music. Stu died of a brain hemorage in 1962. But, the band went on. Paul became the new bass guitarest, and they aquired a new drummer, by the name of Ringo Starr. Now the band was complete. John went on to write some of the most beautiful and enjoyed songs of all times with Paul McCartney. Some of these are "Help!" "Yesterday," "Julia," and "Come Together." He went through a divorce with his wife, Cynthia, who he married at the end of high school, and married Yoko Ono.

After the break-up of the Beatles, John went on the write just as highly applauded songs as a solo artist. Some of these being "Imagine," and "Working Class Hero." On December 8th, 1980 John Lennon was shot.






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I'm John, and I too play the guitar, but sometimes I play the fool

We are the Beatles.
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