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The Life and Influence of John Lennon One of the most prominent musicians ever to walk the face of the Earth was John Lennon He was a founding member of the Beatles the most successful rock band in history and later had a successful solo career Lennon had a remarkable voice He played rhythm guitar and piano as well He is arguably the greatest songwriter of all time with such classic hits as Imagine Cant Buy Me Love and A Hard Days Night Although he was shot in 1980 outside his New York City apartment his legend will live through his life songs and their influences on the popular culture John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool England in 1940 His middle name was given to him after the political leader of England at the time Winston Churchill As his mother Julia gave birth to John the sirens wailed because of the Nazi bomb raids His Aunt Mimi and Uncle George in a lower middle class family raised him as many of the families were trying to recover from Englands post-war era John stood out even at the age of five In his first school Lennons individuality rose quickly Coleman 30 When Lennon was seventeen he got his first guitar He and a few classmates of his formed the group called the Quarry Men Later that year John would meet his equivalent a younger Paul McCartney at a church picnic John was impressed by Pauls ability to play the guitar and later would invite him to join the band Paul would eventually become Johns tutor on the guitar The lessons were awkward because Paul was left-handed which meant that the dyslexic Lennon learned the chords backward and then had to restore them to their normal positions by studying his hands in a mirrorGoldman 69 When Paul arrived on the scene he brought along another great guitarist George Harrison Paul
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