Euan Buchan's Tribute To John Lennon
John Winston Lennon was born on 9 October 1940 to Julia. His father Fred was a merchant seaman and left John when he was 5 years old but he came back while Julia and young John were in Blackpool. John had to choose who he was going to live with. At first he chose to go to with his Dad then as his Mum walked away he ran after her. His father went back to sea and he didn't see John until he was grown up and famous. John felt his father had rejected him and when Fred turned up at John's door, John slammed it in his face. Julia felt she could not look after John so he went to live with Julia's sister Mimi. Julia was a regular visitor and it was she who taught John music. She played the banjo and they both played with each other until Julia tragically died in a car accident by an off duty policeman who was apparently drunk at the time. In 1957 John formed a skiffle group called the Quarrymen and met Paul McCartney at the Wooten Church fete where they were playing. Paul knew lots more chords than John asked if he could became a member and Paul said Yes the next day. Paul then got his school friend George Harrison to be a member and they recorded their first song a cover version of "That'll Be The Day" by Buddy Holly.
The Name Beatles came from John who said he had a dream of a man in a flaming pie and he said from now on you're Beatles With an 'A'. Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles In The Cavern Club in Liverpool and agreed to be their Manager and they had George Martin as their Record Producer. Their first Single was "Love Me Do" followed up by "Please Please Me" written by John Lennon. John married Cynthia Powell his girlfriend from College in 1962 but she had to keep a low profile as it may be a let down to many of John's female fans to know that John had a wife. They had a son together named Julian in memory of his mother. In November 1966 John met Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery, John left Cynthia for Yoko she was to be the love of his life. John divorced Cynthia and married Yoko Ono in 1969. When The Beatles broke up in 1970 John was free of the other Beatles to write and say stuff he wanted to say to the world and 'Imagine' a song that's been voted in poll after poll the best song he ever wrote. He got the idea from Yoko's book 'Grapefruit' that said Imagine all the way through.
In 1973 John and Yoko separated. John went for his famous Lost Weekend. He went to LA with his secretary May Pang, he also hung out with many celebrities eg Elton John and Harry Nilsson and made albums like "Mind Games" , "Rock and Roll" and "Walls and Bridges" John said he missed Yoko and wanted to be with her and could not live without her. They reunited in 1975 after John played at Madison Square Garden with Elton John. Yoko gave birth to Sean on John's 35th Birthday and John gave up music to be with Sean and became a house husband. After 5 years John had enough songs written during his break which made up "Double Fantasy". During 1980 he had plans of doing a 1981 World Tour but sadly it didn't happen because John was shot dead on December 8 1980 in front of the Dakota building after putting the finishing touches to some tracks which would be on "Milk And Honey". Mark Chapman had spoken to John earlier and got him to sign his copy of "Double Fantasy" he waited for him to return that night after a recording session at the Hit Factory. John died on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital in New York he was 40 years old. The news of John's death spread quickly around the world and millions of fans all turned up at The Dakota with cassette players playing Beatles and John Lennon songs . He was cremated on December 10, also on December 14 Yoko requested that his fans observe a worldwide 10 minute silence nearly thousands of fans went to Central Park opposite The Dakota to pay their respects. In 2002 Liverpool Airport was renamed "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" in honor of John, it was opened by Yoko. John may be gone but his legacy as a Beatle and a solo artist will live on forever he will never be forgotten.