John Lennon
(1940-1980)

Died aged c. 40

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in musical history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator. Born in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1956, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. He was initially the group's de facto leader, a role gradually ceded to McCartney. Lennon was characterised for the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. In the mid-1960s, he had two books published: In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works, both collections of nonsensical writings and line drawings. Starting with 1967's "All You Need Is Love", his songs were adopted as anthems by the anti-war movement and the larger counterculture. From 1968 to 1972, Lennon produced more than a dozen records with Ono, including a trilogy of avant-garde albums, his first solo LP John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and the international top 10 singles "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma!", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". Controversial through his political and peace activism, after moving to New York City in 1971, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him. In 1975, Lennon disengaged from the music business to raise his infant son Sean, and in 1980, returned with the Ono collaboration Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon was inducted into 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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band member of The Nerk Twins , band member of The Quarrymen 1956-60, band member of The Beatles 1960-70 and band member of The Dissenters 1960

Commemorated on 17 plaques

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John Lennon 1940-1980 musician and songwriter

94 Baker Street, London, United Kingdom where they lived

John Lennon 1940-1980 musician and songwriter lived here 1945-1963

251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they lived

John Lennon 1940-1980 musician and songwriter lived here in 1968

34 Montagu Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1968)

This plaque commemorates the recording here of The Quarrymen's first disc. Percy Phillips recording studio was located here 1955-1969. The Quarrymen. John, Paul and George plus John Lowe (piano) and Colin Hanton (drums) paid Mr Phillips 17 /6 to record their first disc here on 17th July 1959. The two numbers were "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly and "In Spite Of All The Danger" by Paul McCartney & George Harrison. In 1960 they became The Beatles.

38 Kensington Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they first recorded (1959)

This is not here. To Julia Lennon, nee Stanley, a son John Lennon (1940-80) born here in the former Liverpool Maternity Hospital 6:30pm 9 October 1940

Oxford Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was born (1940)

This plaque commemorates John Lennon's 'other band' (which never played a note) The Dissenters writer Bill Harry (1939-) musician John Lennon (1940-80) artist Stuart Sutcliffe (1941-62) artist Rod Murray (1937-) In June 1960 these 4 art students attended a poetry reading by Royston Ellis (The 'Paperback Writer' in Paul McCartney's song 1966); Ellis's work was heavily influenced by Allen Ginsberg and other Americans. Afterwards, the 4 came here to discuss what they'd heard. They were unimpressed and decided to put Liverpool 'on the map' each in their own way as 'The Dissenters'; The rest is...

Ye Cracke, 13 Rice Stree, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they formed a band (1960)

Paul McCartney John Lennon. In this hall on 6th July 1957 John & Paul first met. The Quarry Men featuring, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, Rod Davies, John Lennon, Pete Shotton and Len Garry performed on the afternoon of 6th July 1957 at St Peters Church Fete. In the evening before their performance in this hall Ivan Vaughan, who sometimes played in the group, introduced his friend Paul McCartney to John Lennon. As John recalled ...... "that was the day, the day that I met Paul, that it started moving."

Simon Peter Centre, Church Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they was (1957)

John Lennon MBE 1940-1980 George Harrison MBE 1943-2001 worked here

94 Baker Street, London, United Kingdom where they worked

The Beatles 1960s rock band filmed the start of The Magical Mystery Tour here 1967

Rain Grill, High Street, West Malling, United Kingdom where they filmed (1967)

Ye Cracke. Famous local of Liverpool's most famous son, John Lennon, who attended art school nearby. Ye Cracke also boasts the 19th century war room, where men returning from the Boer War were banished to discuss the conflict, to avoid boring others.

Rice Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they drank

The Beatles. Ringo Starr made his official debut here on 18th August 1962

Hulme Hall, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they played (1962)

The Beatles on tour. St. Thomas' Hall. 50th anniversary of the appearance of Johnny Gentle and his group The Silver Beetles. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Tommy Moore & Stuart Sutcliffe 25th May 1960

, Keith, United Kingdom where they played (1960)

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John Lennon & Paul McCartney played their only gig as 'The Nerk Twins' at the Fox & Hounds on 23rd April 1960

Fox and Hounds Pub, Caversham, United Kingdom where they played (1960)

'The Beatles' played here, their first performance in Wales, formerly the Regent Dansette Ballroom, Rhyl on Saturday 14th July 1962

Former Dorothy Perkins store, High Street, Rhyl, United Kingdom where they played (1963)

John Lennon 1940 - 1980 Singer and Songwriter Member of "the Beatles" 1960 - 1969 Spent many childhood holidays here.

, Durness, United Kingdom where they stayed

The Beatles played their last live performance on the roof of this building 30th January 1969

3 Savile Row, London, United Kingdom where they played (1969)

Hessys Music Centre 1959-1996 62 Stanley Street Where the Beatles bought their musical instruments. In Tribute to all Liverpool musicians groups and entertainers

62 Stanley Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they bought musical instruments