Imagining the perfect world

Oct 09, 2012, 08:18 IST | Special Features

John Lennon's widow is set to open an exhibition featuring artwork by the late singer in New York to mark what would have been his 72nd birthday today.

CS brings you some trivia on the English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles:

John Lennon

>> His mother bought him his first guitar in 1956, an inexpensive Gallotone Champion acoustic for which she ‘lent’ her son five pounds and ten shillings

>> The band O.A.R. (of a revolution) wrote ‘Dakota’ off of their album ‘Stories of a Stranger’ in his memory

>> After his marriage to Yoko Ono in 1969, he changed his name to John Ono Lennon

>> His ‘In my Life’ was played at the funeral of Kurt Cobain

>> In 2001 the Liverpool Airport was renamed the John Lennon Airport after him

>> He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 

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