John Lennon achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s as a singer, songwriter and guitarist in one of the most successful bands of all time — The Beatles. After the "Fab Four" disbanded in 1970, Lennon immersed himself in the counterculture scene, becoming an outspoken peace activist and producing avant-garde albums with his second wife, Japanese born, conceptual artist, Yoko Ono. John Lennon impacted society with his profound songwriting, innovative artistry and social views and continues to live on as an icon of musical genius.
Did you know?
- The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine in 1967 featured John Lennon on the cover. Of "Imagine," the magazine sums up the song as "22 lines of graceful, plain-spoken faith in the power of a world, united in purpose, to repair and change itself."
- John Lennon's song "Imagine" was broadcast simultaneously in 130 countries on October 9, 1990, what would have been his 50th birthday.
- In 2001 the Liverpool Airport was renamed the John Lennon Airport.
- An area in Central Park was named "Strawberry Fields" in honor of John Lennon in 1981.
- Yoko Ono unveiled the Imagine Peace Tower in honor of John Lennon on October 9, 2007, what would have been his 67th birthday. The tower is a stories-tall beam of light that radiates from a wishing well bearing the words "imagine peace" in 24 languages.
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