One of the most influential singers in the world, John Lennon’s life still continues to be examined thoroughly by the media, historians, and fans. Apart from his sensational musical prowess, people have a keen interest in his personal life. He was ambassador of peace, love, and happiness, and yet he was regularly assaulted by the press on wrong pretexts. Some good, some bad, here are the top 10 most interesting facts about John Lennon, you should know:
A devout monopoly player, Lennon would often indulge in a game of monopoly whenever he could have little time to spare. He would play the game aboard a plane or in his hotel room during free time. He was crazy for properties like the ‘Boardwalk’ and ‘Park Place.’ Whether he won or lost, if he had these in possession, he was the winner in his own eyes.
John Lennon was born during World War II and never knew his real father. When his father for namesake, Alfred Lennon returned from war, his wife was pregnant with another man’s child. So, when Lennon was born, he was sent away to live with his maternal aunt, Mimi Smith, who was always dismissive about Lennon’s interest in music. When he was 17 and visiting his mother, she died in a car crash and so he never got the chance to establish good relations with her, or learn about his father.
John Lennon’s eldest son, Julian was more of an unwanted child for Lennon. Problems had begun with his first wife Cynthia when Julian was conceived because this had forced Lennon into early marriage. Later, Lennon left his first wife and son Julian and started living with Yoko Ono, his second wife. After Lennon reconnected with his son, he berated the young boy and could never really be a good father.
John Lennon was a big fan of ‘Please Please Me’ by Bing Crosby and in fact the Beatles song, ‘Please lend a little ear to my pleas’ was an inspiration from the same Crosby song. In 1978, Yoko Ono, his second wife had gifted Lennon a vintage Bubbletop, and according to media reports Lennon had loaded his new ride with as many Bing 78 rpm records as he could.
Out of the four Beatle members, Ringo Starr and George Harrison have been spotted attending solo performances by other band members, but Lennon never came for any solo performance by Paul McCartney, the Beatle member with equal fan following as Lennon. According to press reports, it was only during Paul’s Venus and Mars sessions in New Orleans, when Lennon did consider visiting him.
The location where John Lennon was cremated still remains a mystery to the public. Speculation reveals that his remains are in the possession of his second wife, Yoko Ono. Some also assume that his ashes have been scattered at the Strawberry Fields Memorial in New York. Whatever be it, both McCartney and Yoko Ono, the two closest people to Lennon never like disusing his assassination.
During the 70s when Beatle fest conventions had started springing up, Lennon would send his assistants to the events to collect artifacts. Among the most famous of the artifacts were the photos of Beatles taken during their Hamburg days. These were clicked by an old friend Jurgen Vollmer, and were used for the cover of the 1975 album, Rock n Roll. Among other possessions, what Lennon also held very dear, were the Beatle Dolls that were gifted by Elton John.
Contrary to belief that the band broke spontaneously, or because McCartney decided to leave, it was John Lennon who destroyed the band. Because Lennon wanted to pursue his individual goals, he announced his departure during the 60s. This was kept secret for sometime as his leaving the band would lead to its inevitable death. Indeed it’s one of the most heart breaking facts about John Lennon!
The revered musical icon who has been the ambassador of peace and love has been allegedly victimizing his two wives with violence. Cynthia his first wife, and Yoko Ono, his second wife, both have been victims of his violence at one point in time in their relationship with Lennon. Lennon had serious psychological problems and would often get out of control and get into fits of rage, which he took out on women.