“Let me take you down
Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields Forever”
One of the iconic songs of Beatles, which describes each one of their journeys together with each other. The words came out from the dictionary of the legendary member of the band who was going to be remembered forever to eternity. John Winston Ono Lennon, singer, songwriter, and a peace activist. We’re going to talk about Dr. Dream himself:
1. Descendent Of The Keeper Of The Nation
Lennon was born on 9 October 1940 to Julia and Alfred Lennon. He was the grandson of Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and was also named after him.
2. Choose Your Dad Or Your Mom
When Lennon was a 5-year-old child, his mother and father met with divorce, leading him to choose between his father and mother. He chose his father two times, and when his mother would walk away, he would follow her. Too much for such a mild age.
3. Motherhood That Taught Him Music
Lennon spent his childhood in his aunt Mimi’s house. There his mother would frequently visit him, she was also the one to teach her Banzo. He met his father after 20 years, to which he once stated that it felt as if his father was dead.
4. A Choir Boy
Before becoming a legend, John Lennon was a choir boy as a child in St Peters Church in Liverpool.
5. The One Who Inspired Him
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll inspired him to make his skiffle band called ‘Quarryman,’ which was named after his school.
6. Making Of The Legendary Band
Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete, later inviting him to join his band Quarryman. McCartney introduced George Harrison to Lennon the following year, and art college buddy Stuart Sutcliffe also joined. The Beatles were made finally with the joining of Pete Best as their drummer. Their first recording was Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day” in 1958.
7. Onslaught Of The Beatlemania
Beatles were discovered by Brian Epstein in 1961 at Liverpool’s Cavern Club when they were performing regularly. They signed a record contract with EMI, and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) joined Beatles as their new drummer. They recorded their first single “Love Me Do” 1962. By 1964, Beatles had become the first British band to break out big in the United States.
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8. Pen Down The Names
Apart from John Lennon, he sang also by the name of Dr. Winston O’ Boogie, The Rev. Thumbs Gherkin, The Rev. Fred Gherkin, Long John, Mel Torment and others.
9. The Writer and Poet: Lennon
Lennon has written two books of poetry and stories. They are: “In His Own Write” and “Spaniards In The Works.”
10. I Am Forgetful And Mischievous
Lennon was not so good in studies as he got poor grades in school and college and even was thrown out of his college. He was later diagnosed with dyslexia. Lots of his activities in schools three to it. He was so mischievous in college times that once he sat on a nude model’s lap during drawing class.
11. Another Bothersome Disease
Lennon used to suffer from Food Fetishes or Bulimia. Unfortunately, he died before he could treat his condition.
12. First And Only
Lennon was the first to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and was the only member of the Beatles who wasn’t a vegetarian.
13. Please Me! Please Me
Lennon was so inspired by Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby’s lyrics “Oh, please, lend your little ears to my pleas,” from the song “Please” that he wrote group’s first follow up single named as “Please Please Me.”
14. Happily Married Once! No
Lennon married Cynthia Powell in 1962 and divorced her in 1968. He remarried to Yuko Uno in 1969, who he was in bond with until his death. He loved his wife Uno so much that after their marriage, he added her last name Uno to his name.
15. The Last Person You Want To Go Driving With
Lennon was the last of the Beatles to learn driving. He learned driving when he was 24. In addition to that, he wasn’t good at driving. Once he took his wife Uno and his two children for driving. Lennon got distracted while driving and drove his car into a ditch ending up in the hospital with his family.
16. Stoner Lennon
Lennon first experienced LSD when his doctor added some of it in his coffee during a dinner party. It was when they had to record the song “Getting Better” in their eighth album ” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
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17. Rejecting The Queen
Band’s impression on the Queen led her to name Beatles as Members Of The Order Of British Empire. Lennon later returned the honor with a letter to the Queen writing his disownment of the honor and him being against the Vietnam War.
18. The Remark That Almost Ended Beatles
On national television, Lennon once remarked that he was more famous than Jesus. The remark left the crowd against Beatles, music stations banning their song and even bonfire their records. Lennon formally asked for apology later.
19. The Split Of Beatles
Beatles split in the year 1970. It was Lennon who suddenly announced in public that he was going to divorce the band. Many believed that it was his wife Uno that he decided to leave the Beatles.
20. His Comments On Beatles
Lennon once said that he would rather be a part of Monty Python than Beatles.
21. Ono And Imagine
It was after the Ono came in Lennon’s life that the star of the Imagine was made. He made a band with her wife named Plastic Ono Band going solo. He was a misogynist, and after Ono, he started supporting peace.
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22. Enmity In Beatles
The enmity between former Beatles members had started when Lennon left the band. Lennon talked about McCartney in his songs often even after the split. Ono was blamed for their split up. Later McCartney talked about their split not being the fault of Ono and the band was already breaking up.
23. Lennon As An Actor
Lennon’s acting career started with A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, Help in 1965, Magical Mystery Tour 1969 and Let It Be in 1970 with his bandmates. He only has one movie so far in ‘How I Won The War’ (1968) as a solo actor.
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24. The Achievements Of Star
Lennon has won 4 Grammy, a Juno, a Brit and 3 NME awards including some won with Beatles, some as solo and some posthumously.
25. Stressful Relationship With Ono
Ono and Lennon were going to split up after an affair with May Pang came, who was a receptionist at Klein. After a course of time, Ono and Lennon reunited, giving birth to their child Sean.
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26. Ono, Made Him Househusband
After both the Lennon couple got back, they had a baby called Sean, who was born on the Lennon’s 35th birthday. Lennon agreed to be a househusband for the child for five years.
27. Sleeping As Dead
Lennon used to sleep in Coffin. According to Alan William, the early manager of Beatles, Lennon used to sleep inside a coffin in the premises of his Coffee Bar “The Jacaranda.”
28. His Famous Glasses
When Lennon was filming the movie “How I Won The War ” at the end of 1966, he was given a pair of “Granny Glasses” for his character in the movie. The spectacles became part of his Image.
29. Obsession With Monopoly
Lennon used to play Monopoly. He was so obsessed with it that he used to play it in hotel rooms or planes while he would be on tour.
30. Anger Issues Of Lennon
Despite being a big name, Lennon had a short temper. He used to abuse his woman. He once almost killed a man. Cavern Club’s MC Bob Wooler, a close friend to Beatles once said that he had an intimate relationship with Brian Epstein. Lennon was so drunk that he beat the man to the extent of hospitalizing him with a broken rib.
31. Lennon’s Fight With the US
FBI charged Lennon for trying to influence the radical politics in the nation’s youth. He conducted anti-Vietnam war rally “Give Peace to the Nation” and several others.
32. The End Of Star
The world lost the legend on September 8, 1980. He was shot dead by one of his distressed fan Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City. He was shot 3 times from back at short range.
33. Hall Of Fame After Death
Lennon has been inducted posthumously in Hall Of Fame, once in 1988 as a member of Beatles, and in 1998 as a solo artist.
34. Tribute To The Dreamer
Liverpool Airport was formally changed to Lennon Liverpool airport in 2001 in the honor of the Great Musician. Even his former bandmates wrote him a song “Here Today” in his memory.
35. World’s Most Expensive Tooth
Lennon’s Molar tooth was auctioned and brought by a dentist for 31,000 USD, marking it the most expensive tooth of the world in Guinness Book of World Records.