John Lennon’s Birthday: The Beatles’ Birthday Celebrations Are the Best Ever
Posted On July 2, 2021
John Lennon died Sunday at age 90.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Linda McCartney, and two daughters, Jillian and Mary.
The news of his passing came after the release of the Beatles’ 45th birthday album, which was the first album by the group since 1968, and as Lennon’s granddaughter, Jilli Lennon, celebrated her 40th birthday.
This year marks the anniversary of the release, as well as Lennon-era anniversary concerts, which were staged in various locations around the world.
The Beatles’ first album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released in 1968.
In their final album, All My Loving, the group’s fifth, Lennon-produced, follow-up, released in 1979, the band also released songs from their live shows.
Lennon’s daughter, Jillie, wrote in her book, McCartney: From Rock and Roll to Life, that the Beatles are “one of the most cherished and enduring musical and artistic works in history,” and that she and her family are “deeply saddened” to hear of Lennon’s death.
McCartney’s book also details how Lennon was influenced by the music of his friend Pete Townshend, and how he often recorded the songs while riding his bicycle.
“He would always sit at the back of his bike and jam,” McCartney wrote.
“He would sit in the back and he would be on the bike and it would sound like this, and he’d be singing this.
He would start to sing and the bike would start rocking.
And then, boom, the song came out.”
In addition to McCartney, Lennon also recorded music with his wife, Yoko Ono, and his band, The Beatles.
He wrote the theme song to the 1993 Disney film, “The Little Mermaid.”
“John was a tremendous artist, and there’s something really special about him, which is why I think it’s great that he’s going to be remembered by so many people for his music,” McCartney told NBC’s Matt Lauer in December.
“I think he’s a wonderful human being, and I think he will be remembered for a long time.”
The Beatles are known for their distinctive styles of music.
During their decades in the studio, they recorded songs such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You.”
In the 1970s, Lennon recorded a song with his girlfriend, Paul McCartney, about his feelings of abandonment and loss after the Beatles broke up.
“I’m sorry to be a piece of trash, but I’m really sad to have lost the one person I loved, the one that was always there, the woman who made me feel at home, the person I could fall in love with,” he sang in the song, “She’s Leaving Home.”
The band also recorded a number of covers, including a Beatles song called “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Lennons first hit singles included “She Wrote,” “Sgt. Pepper,” “I’ll Be There,” and “All My Loving.”
The group released the albums Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Band and Sgt. Peach in 1975 and Sgt., Peppers Happy Hearts Band in 1977.
They went on to tour the world with a number, including England, Australia, and Japan.
More recently, Lennon was a founding member of the Foo Fighters, a band he formed in 1976 with Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl.
In 2010, the Foo Fighter released their second album, The Complete Foo Fighters: Live at the BBC Studios.
John Lennon’s son, John, is the lead guitarist for the Foo Fight, and is also an accomplished musician.
In 2016, he co-founded a company called John Lennon Music Group, which produces and distributes music.
The band’s newest album, Luscious, is set for release in 2018.
The Beatles, who died Sunday, are survived by their sons, George, Paul, Ringo, Ring, and Ringo’s brother, George.