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John Lennon

Born: October 9, 1940 | Died: December 8, 1980    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

John Lennon

John Lennon was the Beatles' most committed rock & roller, their social conscience, and their slyest verbal wit. After the group's breakup, he and his second wife, Yoko Ono, carried on intertwined solo careers. Ono's early albums presaged the elastic, screechy vocal style of late- '70s new wavers like the B-52's and Lene Lovich. L7 and Babes in Toyland have also been influenced by and benefited from Ono's attitudinal, emotionally trailblazing work. Lennon strove to break taboos and to be ruthlessly, publicly honest. When he was murdered on December 8, 1980, he and Ono seemed on the verge of a new, more optimistic phase. In the years since Lennon's death, many critics and music historians have revised their view of Ono to recognize her contributions as a pioneering woman rock musician and avant-garde artist....
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Studio albums
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
Imagine (1971)
Some Time in New York City (with Yoko Ono) (1972)
Mind Games (1973)
Walls and Bridges (1974)
Rock 'n' Roll (1975)
Double Fantasy (with Yoko Ono) (1980)
Milk and Honey (with Yoko Ono) (1984)
Other
Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins
Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions Live albums 1969 Live Peace in Toronto 1969 10 - 29 19 Gold 1986 Live in New York City 41 55 13 12 Gold 1975 Shaved Fish 12 8 22 9 28 5 Platinum Gold[14] 1982 The John Lennon Collection 33 1 8 1 4 - 3x Platinum 3x Platinum Gold 1986 Menlove Ave. 127 - 32 - - - Compilation comprises outtakes recorded in 1973-74 1988 Imagine: John Lennon 31 64 14 - - - Gold Gold[15] Gold Soundtrack album for the same-titled motion picture 1990 Lennon - - 53 - - - Box-set compilation 1997 Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon 65 3 46 - 28 5 Platinum 2x Platinum Platinum 1998 John Lennon Anthology 99 64 30 - - - Gold Box-set compilation comprises previously unreleased recordings 1998 Wonsaponatime - 76 57 - - - Singles 1969 "Give Peace a Chance" (credited as Plastic Ono Band) #2 UK; #14 US 1969 "Cold Turkey" (credited as Plastic Ono Band) #12 UK; #30 US 1970 "Instant Karma!" (credited as John Ono Lennon) #3 US; #4 UK; #12 NL (Full song title: "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)" RIAA: Gold 1970 "Mother" #43 US; #8 NL 1971 "Power to the People" (credited as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) #6 UK; #11 US; #7 NL 1971 "Imagine" (credited as John Lennon) #3 US; #6 NL 1971 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (US only) (credited as John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir) #3 US (Xmas chart) 1972 "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" (credited as John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir) #4 UK; #6 NL 1972 "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" #57 US; #24 NL 1973 "Mind Games" #26 UK; #18 US; #15 NL 1974 "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" #36 UK; #1 US; #25 NL 1975 "#9 Dream" #23 UK; #9 US; #33 NL 1975 "Stand by Me" #30 UK; #20 US, 1975 "Imagine" (UK only) #6 UK 1980 "(Just Like) Starting Over" #1 UK; #1 US RIAA: Gold; #8 NL 1980 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (UK re-entry) #2 UK 1980 "Give Peace a Chance" (with The Plastic Ono Band) (UK re-entry) #33 UK 1980 "Imagine" (re-entry) #1 UK; #5 NL 1981 "Woman" #1 UK, #2 US RIAA: Gold; #21 NL 1981 "Watching the Wheels" #30 UK; #10 US 1981 "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (re-entry) #28 UK; #6 NL 1982 "Love" (from 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) #41 UK 1984 "Nobody Told Me" #6 UK; #5 US; #16 NL 1984 "Borrowed Time" #32 UK 1984 "I'm Stepping Out" #55 US, #88 UK * 1984 "Every Man has a Woman who Loves Him" 1985 "Jealous Guy" #65 UK 1988 "Imagine"/"Jealous Guy" #45 UK 1988 "Jealous Guy" (US only) #80 US 1999 "Imagine" (UK re-issue) #3 UK 2003 "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (with Yoko Ono, The Plastic Ono Band and The Harlem Community Choir) (UK re-issue) #32 UK

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