John Winston Ono Lennon (born October 9, 1940, Liverpool, England, UK – died December 8, 1980, Manhattan, New York, U.S.) was an English singer, songwriter, activist, and co-founder of English rock band the Beatles.
Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon started his music career by creating the skiffle band named the Quarrymen in 1956. After Lennon met Paul McCartney and invited him to join the group, the group soon evolved into the Beatles in 1960, and the two formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships and groups in musical history.
John Lennon’s work includes 12 studio albums, 2 live albums, over 10 compilation albums, 21 singles, and 4 box sets. Some of the most popular albums are John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970), Imagine (1971) and Double Fantasy (1980), alongside with songs such as “Give Peace a Chance”, “Imagine”, and “Working Class Hero”.
Lennon was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1994. He was also posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.