John Lennon (The Beatles)

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Legal name: John Winston Ono Lennon


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 founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. Lennon's work was characterised by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit of 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. Lennon soon expanded his work into other media by participating in numerous films, including How I Won the War, and authoring In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, both 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 of the 1960s. 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 left the Beatles to embark on a solo career.

Between 1968 and 1972, Lennon and Ono collaborated on many works, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, several more films, 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 deportation attempt by the Nixon administration. Lennon and Ono separated from 1973 to 1975, during which time he produced Harry Nilsson's album Pussy Cats. He also had 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 murdered 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 38th 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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1968Unfinished Music No. 1: Two VirginsYoko Ono / John Lennon56
1969Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the LionsJohn Lennon / Yoko Ono46
1969Wedding AlbumJohn & Yoko3.56
1970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band420
1971ImagineJohn Lennon4.140
1972Some Time in New York CityJohn & Yoko / Plastic Ono Band415
1973Mind GamesJohn Lennon3.818
1974Walls and BridgesJohn Lennon415
1975Rock ’n’ RollJohn Lennon3.212
1980Double FantasyJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono3.826
1984Milk and HoneyJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono413
1996Litolff: Scherzo / Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave / Offenbach: Dances from "Gaite Parisienne" / Lennon-McCartney: YesterdayLitolff, Tchaikovsky, Offenbach, Liszt, Lennon/McCartney; Dame Moura Lympany, BBC Concert Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler1

Album + Compilation

1975Shaved FishLennon / Plastic Ono Band48
1986Menlove Ave.John Lennon3
1989The John Lennon CollectionJohn Lennon312
1990LennonJohn Lennon2
1993Karaoke Lennon & McCartneyJohn Lennon & Paul McCartney1
1994Beatles Classic HitsJohn Lennon & Paul McCartney1
1997Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John LennonJohn Lennon39
1997A Spaniard in the WorksJohn Lennon1
1998AnthologyJohn Lennon2
1998WonsaponatimeJohn Lennon3
2001Instant Karma: All‐Time Greatest HitsJohn Lennon2
2004AcousticJohn Lennon43
2005Working Class Hero: The Definitive LennonJohn Lennon44
2005Peace, Love & TruthJohn Lennon1
2006RememberJohn Lennon1
2008Descubriendo a LennonJohn Lennon1
2010Power to the People: The HitsJohn Lennon4
2010John Lennon Signature BoxJohn Lennon2
2010Gimme Some Truth (box set)John Lennon1
2014IconJohn Lennon2
2019Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes)John Lennon1
Greatest HitsJohn Lennon1

Album + Compilation + Interview

2003Lennon Legend: In his Own WordsJohn Lennon1

Album + Compilation + Remix

2020GIMME SOME TRUTH. (The Ultimate Mixes)John Lennon9

Album + Live

1981Live! 28th November 1974Elton John & John Lennon3
1986Live in New York CityJohn Lennon7
2004Sweet TorontoJohn Lennon1

Album + Remix

2010Double Fantasy Stripped DownJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono53

Album + Soundtrack

1988Imagine: John Lennon: Music From the Motion PictureJohn Lennon5
1998バッハ on アビイ ロードPaul McCartney , John Lennon1
2006The U.S. vs. John Lennon: Music From the Motion PictureJohn Lennon1

Album + Spokenword

1983Heart Play: Unfinished DialogueJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono1


1970Instant Karma! / Who Has Seen the Wind?John Lennon / Yoko Ono58
1970Mother / WhyJohn Lennon / Yoko Ono3
1971Power to the PeopleJohn Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band3
1971ImagineJohn Lennon54
1971Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir4
1972Woman Is the Nigger of the WorldJohn Lennon2
1973Mind GamesJohn Lennon3
1974Whatever Gets You Through the NightJohn Lennon4
1974No. 9 DreamJohn Lennon2
1975Stand by MeJohn Lennon52
1975Be Bop a Lula / Move Over M S.L.John Lennon51
1980(Just Like) Starting Over / Kiss Kiss KissJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono2
1981WomanJohn Lennon2
1981Watching the WheelsJohn Lennon2
1982LoveJohn Lennon1
1984Nobody Told MeJohn Lennon2
1984Borrowed TimeJohn Lennon3
1984I'm Stepping OutJohn Lennon3
1984Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves HimJohn Lennon2
1985Jealous GuyJohn Lennon2
1988Imagine / Jealous GuyJohn Lennon1
2020Mind Games (Ultimate mix)John Lennon1
2021Mother (ultimate mix)John Lennon1
2021Look at Me (ultimate mix)John Lennon1


1981Elton John / John LennonElton John, John Lennon1

EP + Compilation

2010SinglesJohn Lennon1
20144John Paul George Ringo2
2020Cold Turkey.John Lennon1
2020Truth.John Lennon1
2020Rock’n’Roll.John Lennon1
2020Deep Cuts 1. Imagine: The Ultimate Collection.John Lennon1
2020Peace.John Lennon1
2020Love.John Lennon1
2021Imagine.John Lennon41
2021Karma.John Lennon1
2021Acoustic.John Lennon1
2021Hero.John Lennon1

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