John Winston Lennon MBE was born & raised in Liverpool on 9 October 1940. The English singer and songwriter rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. When they disbanded in 1970, he embarked on a solo career producing the critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. After marrying Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon. He disengaged himself from music in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, re-emerging with Ono in 1980 with the album Double Fantasy. He was sadly murdered 3 weeks after its release.