Sydney Recording Studio: Famous singer/songwriter John Lennon founded the Beatles, a band that impacted the popular music scene like no other before, or since.
Sydney Recording Studio: Who Was John Lennon?
John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited McCartney to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969 and later released albums with his wife, Yoko Ono, amongst many others. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman. This is the official story anyway…
Sydney Recording Studio: John Lennon Early Life
When he was four, Lennon’s parents separated and he ended up living with his Aunt. Lennon’s dad was not present at his son’s birth and did not see a lot of his son when he was young.
Lennon’s mother, Julia, remarried, but visited him and Mimi regularly. She taught Lennon how to play the banjo and the piano and purchased his first guitar. Lennon was devastated when Julia was fatally struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer in July 1958. Her death was one of the most traumatic events in his life.
As a child, Lennon was a cheeky prankster and he enjoyed getting into trouble. As a boy and young adult, he enjoyed drawing grotesque figures and cripples. Lennon’s school master thought that he could go to an art school for college, since he did not get good grades in school but had great artistic talent.
Sydney Recording Studio: Forming the Beatles
Elvis Presley’s explosion onto the rock music scene inspired a 16-year-old Lennon to create the skiffle band called the Quarry Men, named after his school. Lennon met Paul McCartney at a church fete on July 6, 1957. He soon invited McCartney to join the group, and the two eventually formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in musical history.