John Winston Ono Lennon, born John Winston Lennon; (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980), was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the rock band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Born and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Working Class Hero”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. 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.
“When I was 5 years old my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down Happy and they told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” John Lennon
“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” John Lennon
“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon
“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” John Lennon
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” John Lennon
“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” John Lennon
“It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.” John Lennon