Happy Birthday, John Lennon!

John Winston Lennon was born on October, 9th 1940. The versatile artist has worked with everyone from The Beatles to Kanye West.

Emily Treadgold

Born and raised in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager; his first band, the Quarrymen, was named the Silver Beatles, and finally evolved into the Beatles in 1960.

When The Beatles broke up in 1970, Lennon embarked on a sporadic solo career that produced albums including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and songs such as "Give Peace a Chance", "Working Class Hero", and "Imagine".

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

Lennon had a controversial stance on everything from the music business to warfare. He was shot and killed in front of his Manhattan apartment.