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Profile of the Day: John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Today we remember singer John Lennon on what would have been his 80th birthday.

Image: John Lennon / Library of Congress

Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool, England to Julia Stanley and Alfred Lennon. He was named John Winston after his paternal grandfather, John “Jack” Lennon, and then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill. By the age of 4, his parents had separated and he was sent to live with his aunt and uncle. His mother visited often and taught him how to play the banjo and the piano.

Lennon first met Paul McCartney at the age of 15 while performing with the skiffle group, the Quarrymen, and invited McCartney to join the band. Lennon and McCartney would go on to form the Beatles, and become one of the most successful and influential bands in music history.

After the Beatles broke up, Lennon continued to find success as a solo artist. He became a vocal anti-war activist and supporter of peace. His song, “Imagine,” would become the best selling single of his solo career. Sadly, Lennon died on December 8, 1980 when he was shot several times in front of his apartment complex. He was 40 years old. Years after his death, Lennon’s legacy continues to be celebrated and inspire many around the world.

Explore John Lennon’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re connected to the legendary artist.

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