|Estimated value:||€500 million|
|Country of origin:||Great Britain|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940. He was the singer and guitarist for the Beatles. Together with Paul McCartney, he was jointly responsible for many of the group’s songs, which are now regarded as classics in music history. Lennon was shot dead by a mentally disturbed gunman on December 8, 1980 in front of his New York home.
John Lennon’s early life was not very happy. At the age of four his father left the family and his mother gave him to his aunt. For the following years there was no contact with his father and very little with his mother. It wasn’t until John turned 15 that the relationship between mother and son improved again. Tragically, his mother died in a car accident when John was just 17 years old. At school, too, his performance was below average. However, he found a welcome distraction in music during this period.
John Lennon’s musical career began in late 1956 when he formed the band The Quarrymens with a friend. It was here that he met Paul McCartney for the first time in 1957, whom he immediately accepted into his band. A year later George Harrison was added and in 1959 Stuart Sutcliffe and drummer George Best. The original line-up of “The Beatles” was complete.
In the following years the band often played in Hamburg and Liverpool. Stuart Sutcliffe got out again in 1961. 1963 was to be the breakthrough year, but first, in 1962, Pete Best was replaced by Ringo Starr. The band was also able to achieve respectable success with “Love Me Do”. But just a few weeks later, the phenomenon that would go down in music history as Beatlemania began with the album and the song of the same name “Please, Please Me”.
In 1966, Lennon met the artist Yoko Ono, with whom she had a relationship from 1968. Also in 1968, together with Yoko Ono, he published Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins” an album without the Beatles. However, the “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” released in 1970 is considered to be the first real solo album. In the same year, the breakup of the Beatles was announced. The chemistry between John McCartney and John Lennon in particular has not been right for several years. In 1971 John Lennon’s most famous solo work “Imagine” followed. With this album he was able to reach number 1 in the charts again and thus build on the successes of the Beatles era.
In the years that followed, John Lennon continued to publish music but primarily came to the fore in the peace movement. The year 1973 is also worth mentioning, when the Beatles almost reunited. John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded the song “I’m the Greatest” composed by Lennon. This was then published by Ringo Starr.
Lennon retired from private life for five years in the mid-1970s. According to his own statement, he wanted to devote himself to his family and the upbringing of his children. In 1980 he went back into the studio to record the work “Double Fantasy”. It appeared a few weeks before he was murdered by the mentally disturbed assassin. Ironically, the last photo shows John Lennon with his killer. He is pictured signing a copy of Double Fantasy for him. After his murder, not only did the last work reach number 1, but also older recordings came back into the charts.
1956: Formation of the band “The Quarrymens”
1957: First meeting with Paul McCartney
1959: Renamed “The Beatles”
1960: First appearances in Hamburg
1961: Meeting with Brain Epstein
1962: First single in the UK Top 20
1963: First number 1 single and number 1 album in the UK charts
From 1968: relationship with Yoko Ono and first album and first appearance without the Beatles
1971: “Imagine” is released and reaches #1 on the charts
1982: Posthumous Grammy for “Double Fantasy”
1986: Posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
1993: Posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
“Usually behind every idiot there’s a great woman.”
“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”
“You don’t need anyone to tell you who or what you are. You are what you are.”
“We’re more popular than Jesus today – I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.”
John Lennon still ranks among the macabre list of ‘highest earning dead stars’ decades after his death. The income is still 12.5 million euros a year. (as of 2019)
The copy of “Double Fantasy” that John Lennon signed for the later assassin just hours before his murder was auctioned in 2017 for 1.6 million euros.
John Lennon was cremated and the urn given to his widow. Where the urn is today is unknown.
|Estimated value:||€500 million|