John Lennon was known as a great Beatle but he was murdered in 1980. I selected him because as I went down the list of people to pick from, John Lennon was the one I thought I knew most about. Then as I started research on him I found out things I didn't know. The era of John Lennon was contemporary. It was from 1960 to 2003. John Lennon died in 1980, which is part of that era. This era was the beginning of the British Invasion. It was rock and roll.
Many people enjoyed this era in the 60's and 70's. The Beatles were very popular. Some other great composers from this era were Duke Ellington, Ruth Seeger, Leonard Bernstien, and George Gershwin.
Right after Yoko and John were married on March 20th, 1969 they went on their went for their honeymoon.
But their honeymoon was not what you would think a honeymoon is. While the Beatles managers and lawyers fought over the group, John and Yoko were in bed. They stayed in bed for 7 days for a peace vigil at the Amsterdam hotel. They wore white pijamas while TV reporters were filming and shooting.
John Lennon was born in Liverpool on October 9th, 1940. His parents split up when he was four, so he had to live with his aunt Mimi. John didn't see a lot his dad when he was young because he was a merchant seaman.
As a kid, John Lennon enjoyed getting in trouble. He was also a prankster.
John Lennon thought of the name for the group when he was 12 years old. He had an image of a man in a burning pie saying, "From this day you are Beatles with an A."; Brian Epstein discovered the Beatles when they were performing at the Cavern Club. Then he became their manager. 'Love Me Do' was the Beatles first song ever released. It made it to the charts as number 17 the second day it was released. John Lennon wrote their first number one song on the charts. It was 'Please Please Me'
In 1970, the Beatles broke up after Paul McCartney had announced he was leaving. After that John Lennon went back to his own way and tried to spread the message. By doing that he released his first solo album, Imagine. In 1972 John Lennon had a charity concert for handicapped children.
John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in August 1962.
They also had a son named Julian. Because the Beatles were becoming very popular at the time, their marriage together would have to keep a very low profile. John divorced Cynthia and re-married Yoko Ono. On October 9, 1975 Yoko gave birth to their son Sean. John left his music career for 5 years to raise his son. Then he realized there was no life without music. Then he restarted writing songs for a new solo album called Imagine. This CD told everyone what he wanted to say to the world.
One highlight in John Lennon's life was that he was very popular, and still is. His music was great and everyone loved it. He wrote the music from his heart. I think another highlight in John's life was when he got married. Although he had to keep it in a low profile I bet he really liked his wedding. I think that it was one of the best times in his life. I also think that Yoko and John have had a great life together. One more highlight in John Lennon's life was probably all of the beautiful records the Beatles made. I think that is very important in a singer's life.
I would be very proud of my albums if I were a singer.
A setback in John's life would be when the Beatles were losing $40,000 dollars a week with their project called Apple. All of the people they had hired were steeling and wasting the band's money. Another setback in his life would be when he said he was as good as Jesus. Many people didn't like that so their money started going down. I think that no one should ever say that because people should know that Jesus is way better. One more setback in John Lennon's life would be when he divorced with his first wife Cynthia. I am sure it would have been hard for him because they had a kid together. Also many people started to know about it.
I think that a main contribution that John Lennon made to the music is that he was an impressive singer and songwriter. He wrote music that people had never heard or wrote before. He changed music life forever. It wasn't only his music, but all that came from his heart and imagination. He changed music to the way we know music today. Another contribution that John made to music was he did many charity concerts for the handicapped. Also he gave $100,000 to the NYPD to buy new bulletproof vests. He secretly donated all sorts of charity money for many things. John not only made contributions to the music world but he made some to art and world peace.
John Lennon dies at the age of 40. On December 8th 1980 in New York. Outside his home John signed an autograph for M. Chapman. Five hours later, as John was going back to his apartment block, Chapman called his name and then shot him 5 times to his upper torso. John Lennon dies in the back of the police car on the way to the hospital. He was a peace activist. What he did was campaign for peace in the world. John Lennon's life was full of interesting facts.
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Now that you know this things about John Lennon there isn't anything else I can really say about him, except that he was a great songwriter and a terrific singer. I really enjoyed doing this research because I learned a lot about John Lennon, and even something about the Beatles. I think that he changed music life forever. I have learned many things from this assignment like when he was born, when he died, his childhood, and many other interesting things that I would never known if I didn't do this assignment.
As Paul McCartney said in a final Tribute: "John
was a great man who'll be remembered for his unique contributions to art, music, and world peace."
I LOVE YOU JOHN LENNON!
~~~PEACE OUT EVERYONE!~~~