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John Winston Ono Lennon, (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, songwriter, artist, and peace activist.
He was a founding members of The Beatles.
Lennon along with Paul McCartney formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history".
In 2002, respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon into eighth place.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lennon number 38 on its list of "The Immortals: The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time" and ranked The Beatles at number one.
He was also ranked fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2009.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
On the night of 8 December 1980, at around 10:49 p.m., Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the entrance of the Dakota. Chapman had been stalking Lennon since October.
While still a Beatle, Lennon was asked how he might die. Lennon replied: “I'll probably be popped off by some loony.“
Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
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