John Lennon, one of the founders of The Beatles, would have turned 83 today. On December 8, 1980, the rock star breathed his last. He was shot dead as he and his wife returned to their New York apartment. He is survived by two sons, Sean and Julian, who continued the creative career of their famous father.
Julian Lennon was born on April 8, 1963 in Liverpool, UK, and is the son of John Lennon, founder of The Beatles, from his first marriage to Cynthia Powell. He would inspire his father to write some songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" or "Good Night".
Sean Lennon, the son of a rock star from his marriage to Yoko Ono, was born on October 9, 1975 in New York, an actor, composer and singer, known for his albums “Into the Sun” and “Friendly Fire.” He appeared rapping on Mother's 1981 album Season of Glass and then appeared on every Yoko Ono album with a single: "It's Alright", "Onobox" or "Starpeace".
John Lennon's bitter words about his sons
Thus, their father, the legendary Beatles member, had two relationships in his life: with Cynthia and with Yoko Ono, both of which gave him a son, but it seems John Lennon had some painful words to say about it. When asked in an interview with Playboy about his children, the rock star then gave an answer that revealed a clear difference between his sons.
“90% people on this planet, especially those in Western culture, were born from a bottle of whiskey on a Saturday night when there was no intention of having a baby. So the 90% of us are accidents. Julian falls into this majority, as do I and almost everyone else. Sean is a planned child, but this does not mean that I love Julian any less,” John said then, reports Adevărul.ro.
This difference between his two children was also seen later in the will, when John left his entire estate to Yoko Ono and son Sean, and Julien was excluded. . This forced the latter into a legal battle with Yoko over part of his father's inheritance, resulting in him being awarded an undisclosed amount of money.
Autograph followed by four bullets
John Lennon was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. He attended Doverdale Primary School, Quarrybank High School and Liverpool Art School (guitar, organ and harmonica), as well as fine arts courses in his town, where he met Cynthia Powell, who would later become his wife. He was part of numerous bands such as The Quarry Men, Johnny & The Moondogs and John & The Silver Beetles, in which he was accompanied by schoolmates including Stuart Sutcliffe.
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon's life was cut short in front of the house in which he lived. He looked the criminal in the eye and saw an ordinary man asking him for an autograph, which he offered. Around 10:50 p.m., the British singer and his wife Yoko Ono were returning to their New York apartment when Mark David Chapman, a 25-year-old man with mental illness, wanted to kill the legendary Beatles member. He shot him four times in the back. The artist was taken to a nearby emergency room but was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m.