Eighth of "100 Greatest Britons", famed English singer and songwriter John Lennon had become an international sensation from as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful and influential band in the history of popular music that impacted the popular music scene like no other before, or since, to his fame as a solo artist and social activist and to his marriage to Yoko Ono. The Beatles became the first British band to break out big in the United States in 1964 and named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II of England. John’s solo album, 1971'sImagine, peaked at No. 3 on Rolling Stone magazine's "All-Time Best Songs" list and notably Double Fantasy, his best-selling solo album with three million shipments in the US and won him the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. He was awarded the BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music the following year.
John Lennon suffered from his parents’ separation at the age of 4. He was taught how to play the banjo and the piano and bought his first guitar by his mother Julia. He created the skiffle band called the Quarry Men and invited McCartney to join the group, and the two eventually formed one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in musical history. The group finally settled on Pete Best in 1960 with the presence of George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe. Their first recording Buddy Holly's "That'll be the Day" was made in 1958.
After his marriage to
Cynthia Powellin August 1962, with whom he had 1 son together John Lennon remarried the following year, on March 20, 1969, to Japanese avant-garde artist Yoko Ono.