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date: 12 November 2019

Lennon, John (Winston Ono )locked

  • Jonas Westover

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(Winston Ono )

(b Liverpool, England, Oct 9, 1940; d New York, NY, Dec 8, 1980). British singer and songwriter. He was a founding member of the Beatles, the, which gained national renown and then international superstardom in the early 1960s. As the band went through changes and began to drift apart in the late 1960s, Lennon started to work on other musical projects, especially in the United States. He married Yoko Ono in 1969 and released John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band the next year; “Mother” and “God” were seen as impressive departures from Lennon’s work with his former band. Less praise met his second release, Imagine (1971), although the title track has since become an anthem representing Lennon’s message of peace and love. As he continued to write and record anti-Vietnam-War songs such as “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (1971), he became the target of a heated but unsuccessful effort by the US government to deport him. Lennon’s output (often in conjunction with Ono) over the rest of the decade mixed challenging protest songs and catchy pop tunes. He also wrote songs for other stars, including Elton John and David Bowie. By ...

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