John Lennon Death Anniversary

December 8, 2011 by staff 

John Lennon Death Anniversary, The Beatles founder was shot and killed on this day in 1980. THR runs down his musical milestones, from the band’s first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” to solo hits like “Imagine.”
Thursday marks the 21-year anniversary of the death of John Lennon.

The legendary singer-songwriter was shot and killed Dec. 8, 1980, at age 40 in New York by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the building where he lived. His death came just three weeks after the release of his album Double Fantasy, which marked the first album for Lennon since the birth of his son in 1975.

Lennon was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England. His first band, the Quarrymen, evolved into what became the Beatles in 1960. He and fellow band member Paul McCartney would go on to form one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century, writing most of the group’s hits.

Lennon’s marriage to Japanese artist Yoko Ono in 1969 played a part in the disintegration of the Beatles a decade after the band’s formation. He went on to have a successful solo career, with hits including “Mother,” “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine.”

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