JOHN LENNON (a "quiet man")


Born October 9, 1940 Murdered December 8,1980

Pagina memorial - Memorial Page

John Lennon was introduced to me (as the president of the John Lennon Defense Committee [ha ha ha he didn't look like John Lennon] by David Rosario (aka David Peel, whom I worked with in concert, stage, T.V., and cable T.V. with as I was a member of the Lower East Side Band made famous by its association with John Lennon and Yoko Ono) on a wet rainy overcast day as we perchance met coming across each other while walking thru Washington Square of Manhattan. Mr. Lennon was in the company of his son Sean (I believe he was not introduced to me by David).  All of which occurred one month prior to John's assasination by Mark David Chapman (whom I later met on visiting the Attica Correctional Facility where where Mark David Chapman was housed in the Special Housing Section for high profile inmates.  To date I am to the best of my knowledge the only person to have ever met both John Winston Lennon and Mark David Chapman alive. John Lennon has been honored internationally as a man of peace by acts including the construction of a park built in his honor in Havana Cuba, and a section of Central Park in New York City called Strawberry Fields while lies a mosaic donated by the City of Naples, though New York City has capitalized, and continues to commercialize the work thru CD sales et al.

It is commonly believed (by those including myself) that John was assassinated, just as he was hounded by rightwing political and religious fanatics, besides J. Edgar Hoover, the F.B.I., the INS, and the U.S. government who relentless pursued him and to this day can not properly account for their agents' actions (who may have received the active assistance of dishonorable criminal elements. Though John was attacked by both those on his right and left it is pragmatically understood he reached the pinnacle of expression possible for a man in his position for if he had been able to do so we may have never know of him as he maybe would have been murdered earlier.

John Lennon born the 9th of October, 1940 while German warplanes  bombed all parts of the harbor city of Liverpool where he was born. He lived with his parents Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon, up until 6 years of age when he is left by his father. The mother, Julia, then went away to live with another man, and John was left to live with his aunt Mimi.



From a very young age he was already fond/loving of the arts, because he liked very much music and to draw. This why he has been said to insist his aunt Mimi buy him a guitar. He learned to play watching his mother play a Spanish guitar as if it were a banjo. In its school, he formed his own band, The Quarrymen. In addition he liked so much to draw making cartoons of his professors, who recommended to his aunt that he be sent to a school for  the arts.

From early age already anxious life. In the same school of art he met Cynthia Powell, with which she became pregant with  first son, the only one of that relationship, Julian. At that time the Beatles was professionally beginning.



After many name changes, like Rainbow and Johnny and the Moondogs, and changes of member Pete Best to Ringo Starr), the Beatles formed by John, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were the sensation of the moment. In addition a good songwriting duo in John and Paul that that created their first successes, like "Love Me Do", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "From me to you", which continued until 1970 when the Beatles as a band broke up.

The Beatles were to be in existence a very short time they were to have some notable effect of the music scene and the world. After becoming a hit sensation in the United Kingdom they toured world-wide making  numerous appearances on American TV and the Ed Sullivan Show (left: which was almost all powerful in those days). Where the emotion, the hysteria and madness was once restrained it became uncontrollable. It was a total revolution everywhere in the world, especially in the United States where they filled the airport to see them.

Around 1966, the hysteria and accumulative effect began to have its effects on the members of the group, which is the reason why began they began to become more private and "to shut in" in the studio. Brian Epstein, his manager, dies, and began the problems.



By the end of 1966, John falls in love with a Japanese nationalized American call Yoko Ono.  They married in March of 1969. In effect this was said to of causes his breakup with Cynthia and the rupture between John and Paul.

After his marriage with Yoko, he began  to show more interest in by the artistic demonstrations (artisticas manifestations).

As sometimes it said, their honeymoon for a peace cause. The world was in conflict by the war between  Vietnam and the U.S.A. and  one of the most famous manifestation was not more the series of "Bed-ins" that were publicized around the world. Personally I watched John perform in the demonstration to end the war in Viet Nam which was in front of, around, and Across from Bryant Park of Manhattan, New York City.

In 1970, the Beatles separates, and John creates a song thought to be one of the most beautiful in history, "IMAGINE", which according to him, was inspired by Yoko.

The years that followed for him were artistic and productive. He composed fantastic songs, like "Jealous guy", "9 Dream", "Mind Games", "Love", among others.

In 1975 they gave birth to Sean Lennon,  his second son, but first with Yoko. From then onward they took a break of 5 years to take care totally of their new born son. Already all cre˙ n that John took of the appears of a retired gentleman, as he wanted to make a family life.

 Things were looking up as he was no longer hindered from entering  the U.S.A., because his legal problems due to a minor charge of marijuana possession abated and stopped which culminated in his receipt of a residence card.

In 1980 John and returned to the studio to record "Double Fantasy", they didn't know that would be his last record. When this disc began to have repercussion, when the night of the 8 of December of 1980 John was assassinated while entering The Dokata while in the company of his wife. The news was unbeleivable to many and thousands of fans were congregated to NYC street 79 to find out happened to John. And still today many ask why. As John and Yoko were very wealthy there may have been some attempt to extort money from them, or target them for many reasons ...

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only skies

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
and no religion to

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
but I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
and the world will be as one

Imagine no posessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A bortherhood of man

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world.

Two, One, Two, Three, Four
Evr'ybody is talkin about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, that-ism, is-m,is-m

All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Let me tell you about ministers, sinisters, banisters
And canisters, bishops and fishops
Rabbis, and popeyes, bye bye, bye bye

All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Let me tell you now
Revolution, evolution, masturbation, flagellation, regulation, integrations, meditation, United Nations

All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

Ev'rybody is talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary, Tommy Smoothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Grinsberg, Hare Krishna
Hare Hare Krishna.

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Quick Facts

  • John Lennon was born to Julia Lennon after 30 hours of labor on October 9, 1940.

  • John was expelled from school for misbehavior at age 5.

  • John was raised by his mother's sister, Mimi Smith.

  • Later in life, John discovered that he had dyslexia.

  • By age fifteen, John was a big fan of Elvis Presley.

  • John decided to become a rocker after hearing Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel."

  • Without glasses, John was legally blind.

  • John had brown hair and brown eyes.

  • John was about 5'11" tall and weighed about 165.

  • John's favourite colour was green.

  • John's favourite foods were corn flakes, bread, and vegetarian dishes.

  • John's favourite group was The Shirelles.

  • John had a strong affection for cats, at one time owning as many as six of them.

  • John's mother taught him to play an old Spanish guitar as if it was a banjo.

  • The first instrument John was given as a child was an accordion.

  • John formed his first band, The Quarrymen in 1956.

  • John was 15 when he met Paul McCartney, who was 14.

  • John didn't want George Harrison in The Quarrymen, at first, because he was too young.

  • It has been reported that John got a big thrill out of shoplifting when he was young.

  • In the late '60's, John purchased his own island off the coast of Ireland.

  • John Lennon married Cynthia Powell on August 23, 1962, after finding out she was pregnant.

  • Brian Epstein was the best man at the wedding.

  • Brian reportedly wanted to keep the marriage secret because he didn't want to ruin John's rock star image.

  • John and Cynthia did not go on a honeymoon until 13 months after their wedding.

  • John did not appear at the hospital until a full week after his son Julian was born.

  • In 1965, John wrote the biographical songs, "I'm a Loser," "Help," and "Nowhere Man."

  • John and Yoko first met in 1966.

  • John often referred to Yoko as "it."

  • Yoko referred to John as "businessman" early in their relationship.

  • John and Paul were never as close as they appeared publicly.

  • On the road, John would room with George, and Paul would room with Ringo.

  • The dissension between John and Paul probably started the long decline that ultimately broke up the group.

  • At first, John was apprehensive about divorcing Cynthia because he did not want a public scandal.

  • John saw his father for the first time in seventeen years in 1964.

  • In October 1967, John invited his father to live at this home at Kenwood.

  • Cynthia read about John's affair with Yoko in the paper while she was on vacation in Italy.

  • In November 1968, the divorce was final.

  • John and Yoko were married in March, 1969.

  • John kept a light on while he slept, because he hated the dark.

  • John travelled with his own huge supply of books, music and videos.

  • John ate very little after a reporter labeled him "the fat Beatle" in 1965.

  • John was said to drink 20 to 30 cups of tea or coffee every day.

  • John gave Yoko Ono power of attorney and responsibility for his estate.

  • John frequently chose to wear no clothing, even when he had visitors in his home.

  • John believed in reincarnation.

  • On March 5, 1970, John and Yoko checked into the London clinic, a private hospital for wealthy addicts.

  • The St. Regis Hotel in New York City became home to John and Yoko in 1971.

  • In 1973, the Lennons rented an apartment in the Dakota for $1800 a month; they later bought the apartment.

  • Sean Ono Taro Lennon was born on October 9, 1975, John's birthday.

  • By 1978, John Lennon had wasted away to a mere 130 pounds.

  • John signed his autograph for Mark Chapman six hours before he was shot.

  • Mark Chapman shot John as he was walking into his apartment building around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 1980.

  • John's will was a simple four page document which he wrote the year before he died.

  • Yoko had John's body cremated on Wednesday, December 10, 1980.

    Yoko Ono - Born in a Prison Lyrics

    We're born in a prison, raised in a prison,
    Sent to a prison called school.
    We cry in a prison, we love in a prison,
    We dream in a prison like fools.
    Wood becomes a flute when it's loved,
    Reach for yourself and your battered mates.
    Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken,
    Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate.
    We live with no reason, kicked around for no reason,
    Thrown out without reason like tools.
    We work in a prison and hate in a prison,
    And die in a prison as a rule.
    Wood becomes a flute when it's loved,
    Reach for yourself and your battered mates.
    Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken,
    Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate.
    We live in a prison among judges and wardens
    And wait for no reason for you.
    We laugh in a prison, go through all four seasons,
    And die with no vision of truth.
    Wood becomes a flute when it?s loved,
    Reach for yourself and your battered mates.
    Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken,
    Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate.
    Born in a prison!
    (born in a prison!)
    (born in a prison!)
    (born in a prison!)
    Born in a prison!
    (born in a prison!)
    (born in a prison!)
    Born in a prison!
    Born in a prison!
    Born in a prison!
    (born in a prison!)
    (born in a prison!)
    Born in a prison!

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