Musician John Lennon met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited McCartney to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969, and later released albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, among others. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman.
On October 9, 1940, during a German air raid in World War II, John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
Lennon’s parents divorced when he was four years old, and he was raised by his Aunt Mimi. A commercial seaman was John Lennon’s father. He was not present during his son’s birth, and he didn’t spend much time with him as a child.
Julia Lennon, Lennon’s mother, remarried but continued to visit him and Mimi. She bought Lennon’s first guitar and taught him to play the banjo and piano. Julia was killed by an off-duty police officer in a car in July 1958, and Lennon was distraught. One of the most devastating experiences of his life was her death.
The Quarry Men, a skiffle band named after Lennon’s high school, was formed in response to Elvis Presley’s meteoric rise to fame in rock music. On July 6, 1957, during a church feast, John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time. He quickly convinced McCartney to join the band, and the two went on to establish one of the most successful songwriting teams in music history.
The following year, McCartney introduced Lennon to George Harrison, who joined Lennon’s band alongside Stuart Sutcliffe, a friend from art college. In 1960, the band finally found a drummer in Pete Best, who was always in demand.
The album Double Fantasy, which featured the hit track “(Just Like) Starting Over,” saw Lennon return to the music industry in 1980. Mark David Chapman, a disturbed admirer, fatally assassinated John Lennon in front of his apartment complex in New York City mere weeks after the album’s release. On December 8, 1980, at the age of 40, Lennon died at New York City’s Roosevelt Hospital.
The assassination of John Lennon had a huge impact on mainstream culture, and it continues to do so. Millions of fans across the world wept as record sales climbed following the horrific occurrence. And, while he continues to be revered by new generations of followers, Lennon’s untimely death still elicits tremendous anguish around the world today.