32 Facts About John Lennon

1. John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time at a garden fete at Woolton Parish Church, Liverpool.

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2. John Lennon was responsible for 25 Billboard Hot 100 number one singles as performer, writer or co-writer.

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3. John Lennon was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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4. John Lennon said, "I couldn't sing the damn thing, I was just screaming.

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5. In 1969, John Lennon wrote "Four in Hand", a skit based on his teenage experiences of group masturbation, for Kenneth Tynan's play Oh! Calcutta!.

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6. On 23 March 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days.

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7. Along with his estrangement from McCartney, John Lennon always felt a musical competitiveness with him and kept an ear on his music.

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8. John Lennon eventually signed the papers while he was on holiday in Florida with Pang and Julian.

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9. John Lennon changed his name by deed poll on 22 April 1969, adding "Ono" as a middle name.

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10. John Lennon detailed this period in the Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko".

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11. John Lennon was intrigued by Ono's "Hammer A Nail": patrons hammered a nail into a wooden board, creating the art piece.

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12. John Lennon was distant from Julian, who felt closer to McCartney than to his father.

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13. John Lennon was touring with the Beatles when Julian was born on 8 April 1963.

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14. John Lennon delighted in mocking Epstein for his homosexuality and for the fact that he was Jewish.

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15. John Lennon was jealous by nature and eventually grew possessive, often terrifying Powell with his anger and physical violence.

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16. John Lennon met Cynthia Powell in 1957, when they were fellow students at the Liverpool College of Art.

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17. John Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00pm.

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18. John Lennon performed the song along with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There", which he introduced as "a song by an old estranged fiance of mine called Paul".

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19. John Lennon had settled back in New York when he recorded the album Walls and Bridges.

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20. John Lennon decided to produce Nilsson's album Pussy Cats, and Pang rented a Los Angeles beach house for all the musicians.

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21. In early 1974, John Lennon was drinking heavily and his alcohol-fuelled antics with Harry Nilsson made headlines.

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22. John Lennon contributed "I'm the Greatest" to Starr's album Ringo, released the same month.

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23. John Lennon became involved with Ali during a protest against the prosecution of Oz magazine for alleged obscenity.

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24. At the end of 1968, John Lennon was featured in the film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus in the role of a Dirty Mac band member.

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25. John Lennon was approached by Allen Klein, who had managed the Rolling Stones and other bands during the British Invasion.

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26. As with the other band members, John Lennon was introduced to Preludin while in Hamburg, and regularly took the drug as a stimulant during their long, overnight performances.

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27. John Lennon thought that Harrison, then 14 years old, was too young.

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28. At age 15, John Lennon formed the skiffle group, the Quarrymen.

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29. John Lennon failed his O-level examinations and was accepted into the Liverpool College of Art after his aunt and headmaster intervened.

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30. In September 1980, John Lennon commented about his family and his rebellious nature:.

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31. John Lennon was twice posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: first in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again in 1994 as a solo artist.

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32. In 2002, John Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time.

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