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John Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. Lennon was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing and drawings, on film, and in interviews. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history.Born in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1956, he formed the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. Sometimes called "the smart Beatle", he was initially the group's de facto leader, a role gradually ceded to McCartney. In the mid-1960s, Lennon authored In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, two collections of nonsense writings and line drawings. Starting with "All You Need Is Love", his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, the multimedia artist Yoko Ono, held the two-week-long anti-war demonstration Bed-Ins for Peace, and quit the Beatles to embark on a solo career.

Between 1968 and 1972, Lennon and Ono collaborated on many records, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, his solo debut John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and the international top 10 singles "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma!", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". Moving to New York City in 1971, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Richard Nixon administration to deport him. Lennon and Ono separated from 1973 to 1975, a period that included chart-topping collaborations with Elton John ("Whatever Gets You thru the Night") and David Bowie ("Fame"). Following a five-year hiatus, Lennon returned to music in 1980 with the Ono collaboration Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release.

As a performer, writer or co-writer, Lennon had 25 number-one singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Double Fantasy, his best-selling album, won the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 1982, Lennon won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC history poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer and thirty-eighth greatest artist of all time. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (in 1997) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994).

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June 26, 2022

Paul McCartney duets virtually with John Lennon for Glastonbury headline set

The Beatle became the festival’s oldest ever headliner at age 80 The post Paul McCartney duets virtually with John Lennon for Glastonbury headline set appeared first on NME.

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June 20, 2022

Elvis Costello covers ‘Here, There And Everywhere’ for Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday

The song was also covered by John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon to celebrate Macca's milestone The post Elvis Costello covers ‘Here, There And Everywhere’ for Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday appeared first on NME.

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June 15, 2022

Sex Pistols singles owned by John Peel sell for £20,400 at auction

Rare records by the likes of The Smiths, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Nirvana also went up for sale The post Sex Pistols singles owned by John Peel sell for £20,400 at auction appeared first on NME.

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June 14, 2022

Exclusive: Comic-Book Superstar Grant Morrison Channeled John Lennon. Hear the Song They Wrote

Morrison also tells Rolling Stone why he's baffled by accusations against his former collaborator Ezra Miller, why superheroes are "infantile," and much more

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June 5, 2022

Watch Florence + The Machine cover John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’

The band's fifth album 'Dance Fever' came out earlier this year The post Watch Florence + The Machine cover John Lennon’s ‘Jealous Guy’ appeared first on NME.

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June 3, 2022

Jeff Beck Says Album With Johnny Depp Coming This Summer

The legendary guitarist released a cover of John Lennon's "Isolation" in 2020 with Depp.

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May 26, 2022

Yes, John Lennon Drummer Alan White Dead at 72

Alongside 50 years in Yes, Hall of Famer also played on George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and Lennon's "Imagine" and "Instant Karma"

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May 26, 2022

Alan White, drummer for Yes and John Lennon, has died aged 72

White also played on albums by John Lennon and George Harrison The post Alan White, drummer for Yes and John Lennon, has died aged 72 appeared first on NME.

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May 5, 2022

Ask Billboard: Pusha T’s Chart Connections to John Lennon, Tony Bennett & More

The rapper lands his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with 'It's Almost Dry.'

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April 29, 2022

Paul McCartney Wows Spokane Crowd With Virtual John Lennon Duet on Beatles Classic

Macca kicked off his "Got Back" tour in Spokane on Thursday night and gave the audience a truly nostalgic "feeling."

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April 29, 2022

Paul McCartney Duets With John Lennon, Honors George Harrison at Joyous Tour Kickoff

"We said we’d come back, and we got back,” McCartney told the crowd at his first show since the pandemic hit

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April 20, 2022

‘I Have No Shame About Nakedness’: When John Lennon Defended ‘Two Virgins’ in Court

An excerpt from new book 'Lennon, the Mobster & the Lawyer' finds the ex-Beatle championing his and Yoko Ono's infamous nude album cover in New York Supreme Court

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April 18, 2022

Christian Guardino Moves Judges to Tears With a John Lennon Classic on ‘Idol’: Watch

Guardino landed an impressive falsetto and made one judge visibly emotional with his rendition of "Imagine."

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April 11, 2022

Julian Lennon Covers John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ for the First Time: Watch

"The only time I would ever consider singing 'Imagine' would be if it was the ‘End of the World,'" he wrote.

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March 22, 2022

Watch Arcade Fire and David Bryne cover Plastic Ono Band’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ at Ukraine benefit show

The John Lennon protest song was played against the backdrop of escalating conflict The post Watch Arcade Fire and David Bryne cover Plastic Ono Band’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ at Ukraine benefit show appeared first on NME.

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March 8, 2022

Ukrainian duo Bloom Twins cover John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ for UNICEF

It's part of a campaign to help raise money for UNICEF's #IMAGINE initiative The post Ukrainian duo Bloom Twins cover John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ for UNICEF appeared first on NME.

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January 31, 2022

Paul McCartney still gets emotional listening to the John Lennon inspired ‘Dear Friend’

The track released as part of Wings' debut album 'Wild Life' The post Paul McCartney still gets emotional listening to the John Lennon inspired ‘Dear Friend’ appeared first on NME.

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January 25, 2022

John Lennon and The Beatles memorabilia to be sold as NFTs

Julian Lennon, the late artist's eldest son, is behind this new sale The post John Lennon and The Beatles memorabilia to be sold as NFTs appeared first on NME.

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January 24, 2022

John Lennon and Beatles History to be Auctioned as NFTs — Julian Lennon to Keep the Originals

Lennon's son has minted non-fungible tokens of several items for his personal collection, including Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" notes and John's Help! cape

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January 21, 2022

Valerie June’s Cover of Nick Drake’s ‘Pink Moon’ Is Gorgeous Dreamy Soul

The vocalist includes the Nick Drake cover, along with John Lennon's "Imagine," on a deluxe edition of her album 'The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers'

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January 13, 2022

Frank Zappa and the Mothers’ Epic 1971 Fillmore East Shows Get 50th-Anniversary Reissue

8-CD set also includes band's encore with John Lennon and Yoko Ono and a recording of infamous London's Rainbow Bridge gig that left Zappa nearly paralyzed

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January 5, 2022

Gal Gadot Admits Her Star-Studded Cover of “Imagine” Was in “Poor Taste” | Billboard News

It’s been nearly two years since Gal Gadot received backlash for her star-studded cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” when COVID-19 first began to spread. The ‘Wonder Woman’ star is now reflecting on the poorly received video, and has a different opinion on it.

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December 16, 2021

Hear Yoko Ono’s ‘Listen, The Snow Is Falling’, which is finally available to stream

The 1971 track was the B-side to John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ The post Hear Yoko Ono’s ‘Listen, The Snow Is Falling’, which is finally available to stream appeared first on NME.

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December 3, 2021

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett and All the Collabs That Have Received Grammy Nods for Album of the Year

'Love for Sale' is the third male/female collab to receive a nod, following John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s 'Double Fantasy' and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ 'Raising Sand.'

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November 24, 2021

John Lennon’s son Julian says new Beatles documentary “made me love my father again”

"It has made me so proud, inspired & feel more love for my/our family, than ever before" The post John Lennon’s son Julian says new Beatles documentary “made me love my father again” appeared first on NME.

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November 8, 2021

George Harrison’s Liverpool Childhood Home Up For Auction

George Harrison's childhood home in Liverpool where he rehearsed with Paul McCartney and John Lennon as teens is up for auction.

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November 7, 2021

Paul McCartney: “I never got round to telling John Lennon that I loved him”

"Life was like walking up a staircase, and we both went side by side up that staircase" The post Paul McCartney: “I never got round to telling John Lennon that I loved him” appeared first on NME.

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October 29, 2021

Paul McCartney claims he wrote The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ instead of John Lennon

And he looks to have changed the backstory The post Paul McCartney claims he wrote The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ instead of John Lennon appeared first on NME.

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October 28, 2021

Elton John Remembers Friendship With John Lennon as Highlight ‘Of My Life And My Career’

“Never in a million years could I have expected what’s happened to me in my lifetime,” Elton admitted to Jimmy Fallon.

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October 22, 2021

Why “Don’t Let Me Down” Is the Whole Beatles Story in One Song

The John Lennon ballad didn't even make the original 'Let it Be' album, but it's the star of the band's new box set. As the song evolves over multiple versions, you can hear the Beatles try to reach across their differences to find a moment of connection

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Discs

Plastic Ono Band (The Ultimate Collection)

April 23, 2021

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Look At Me (Ultimate Mix)

April 1, 2021

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Mother (Ultimate Mix)

March 4, 2021

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GIMME SOME TRUTH. (Deluxe)

October 9, 2020

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Mind Games (Ultimate Mix)

September 18, 2020

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Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) [Ultimate Mix]

August 26, 2020

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Jealous Guy (Ultimate Remix)

October 3, 2018

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How Do You Sleep? (Takes 5 & 6 / Raw Studio Mix)

September 21, 2018

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Crippled Inside (Evolution Documentary / Mono)

September 7, 2018

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Imagine (Demo)

August 23, 2018

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Beatles Baroque (Vol. 3)

October 3, 2006

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Beatles Baroque 2

August 12, 2002

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Music of The Beatles

January 1, 1997

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Live Peace in Toronto 1969

January 1, 1995

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Milk And Honey

January 27, 1984

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Double Fantasy

November 17, 1980

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Double Fantasy Stripped Down

November 17, 1980

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Rock 'N' Roll

February 17, 1975

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Walls And Bridges

September 26, 1974

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Mind Games

October 29, 1973

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Sometime In New York City

June 12, 1972

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Imagine (The Ultimate Mixes)

September 9, 1971

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Imagine (The Ultimate Collection)

September 9, 1971

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Imagine

September 9, 1971

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Plastic Ono Band

December 11, 1970

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Wedding Album

October 20, 1969

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Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions

May 9, 1969

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Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins

November 11, 1968

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