John Lennon
Lennon old
Lennon in June 2007
Born 9 October 1940
Liverpool, England (age 75)
Title Musician, singer–songwriter, artist, peace activist, writer
Spouse Yoko Ono (1969-present)
Children Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE, (born 9 October 1940) is an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, author, and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. With Paul McCartney, Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history". He is ranked the second most successful songwriter in UK singles chart history after McCartney.

Lennon revealed a rebellious nature, and biting wit, in his music, on film, in books, and at press conferences and interviews. He was controversial through his work as a peace activist and visual artist. After The Beatles, Lennon enjoyed a successful solo career with such acclaimed albums as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine and iconic songs such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine". After a self-imposed "retirement" to raise his son, Lennon reemerged with a comeback album, Triple Fantasy, yet again went into retirement, all though appearing in Beatles reunions. The album would go on to win the 1982 Gramny Award for Album of the Year.

In 2002, respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon second. In 2004, Rolling Stones magazine ranked Lennon number 27 on its list of "Immortals: The Hundred Greatest Artists of All Time" (The Beatles being number one). He was also ranked fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2008. He was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

As of 2015 Lennon has retired from his career.

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