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Remembering John Lennon, founder of The Beatles

The famous John Ono Lennon, the founder of the worldwide known music band The Beatles, was born on this very day in the year of 1940. Over three decades after his death, John Lennon remains one of the most important and perhaps the most misunderstood artist in rock music history. Remembering John Lennon offers a unique and intimate look at the man beyond the legend. The Beatles tasted great success in Lennon’s presence until 1970. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Later he came up with critically acclaimed albums as his solo work. Here’s a look at some of his most famous songs of all time.

Give Peace a Chance: This song was Lennon’s debut solo single even though he was still a part of Beatles then. The song is based on an anti-war theme and interestingly was recorded in John-Yoko’s honeymoon room.

Imagine: Imagine is the most timeless song by John Lennon ever. It has been covered by a lot of artists but nothing can match with the original.

Instant Karma: Instant Karma is again one of the best he has written. The song was ready in just 10 days.

Revolution: One thing that makes this song special is John Lennon playing the guitar himself.

In My Life: This song was a Beatles production. The song originated with Lennon, and while Paul McCartney contributed to the final version.

Jealous Guy: This one is written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs.

Mother: Mother is actually a cry to both his parents, who abandoned him in his childhood. The song was first released on his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Mind Games: Mind Games was out when John Lennon began distancing himself from the political and social issues he had embraced in the previous 18 months. It was also around this time that he and his wife, Yoko Ono, were going through marital problems.

(Just Like) Starting Over: This was the first single released from Double Fantasy, and the first new recording Lennon had released since 1975. It was chosen by Lennon not because he felt it was the best track on the album, but because it was the most appropriate following his five-year absence from the recording industry.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over): This one has become a Christmas classic over the years. It was a part of Lennon and Ono’s peace campaign.

JohnLennon_soloBorn and raised in Liverpool, as a teenager Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze; his first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into the Beatles in 1960. When the group disbanded in 1970, Lennon embarked on a solo career that produced the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”. After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. Lennon disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy.

John was murdered three weeks after the release of Double Fantasy. The news that John Lennon was dead came as an immense shock, infinitely sad, not only because of his death but for the death of an era, and for the Beatles songs that played all through that time, delivering a message worth listening for in each of their songs. The silly, innocent songs, like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and the songs so deep they were poems, like “Eleanor Rigby,” and no wonder we try to listen between the words of the songs for the messages the Beatles had allegedly hidden there. Now Lennon has been shot dead and the Beatles are no more. Ringo, Paul and George brought new albums on to the shelves, and all the radio stations were playing them over and over. And John is still alive in the hearts of all music lovers around the globe.