But who was John Lennon? What was he like when he wasn't a teeny-bopper's dream date in the Beatles? We've poured through interviews and facts for some of the best Lennon stories that will begin to paint a picture of the real man behind all the fame. This list compiles John Lennon trivia, quotes, anecdotes, and history. Consider this your own personal John Lennon biography!
This John Lennon anthology tracks everything from the epic tales in the recording studio to the exact moments that inspired iconic songs. Interested in his infamous and wild drug experiences? What about his movie-esque personal life and multiple wives? These facts are some of the things that shaped the enigmatic, multi-faceted artist that was John Lennon.
He Loved the Ocean
Lennon was raised in a port town, Liverpool, so it's no surprise that he loved the ocean. He wrote about it in many songs ("You Are Here," "Beautiful Boy," and more). He even used it as a means of meditation and relaxation. He chartered a sailboat ride from NYC to Bermuda to record demos for Double Fantasy and took that time with the ocean to quit smoking.
He Planned to Write a Book of Children's Stories
Lennon was a fairly prolific writer of poetry and short stories. He even published three books: In His Own Write, A Spaniard in the Works, and Skywriting by Word of Mouth; the latter was published posthumously in 1986. In a number of interviews, Lennon said he always hoped to write a book of children's stories when he was old and retired.
His Last Concert Performance Was During Elton John's Set
Back in 1974, Elton John bet Lennon that if "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" (a song on which they had collaborated) hit #1 on the Billboard charts, Lennon would play it with him at Madison Square Garden. Well, it hit #1 and Lennon was a man of his word. But they didn't just play "Whatever Gets You Through the Night." They also treated fans to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
It would be Lennon's last major concert appearance.
His Final Resting Place Remains Unknown
Lennon was cremated after his tragic murder on December 8, 1980. Fans have theorized that his ashes were spread at Strawberry Fields - is a section of Central Park that Lennon often visited and which was posthumously named for his famous Beatles song. However, this has never been confirmed or denied by Ono, and the location of his ashes is still unknown.