Strawberry Fields Forever
On Oct. 9, 1940 John Winston Lennon was born in Liverpool, England, the only son of a merchant sailor who was away at sea that day.
It wasn't until 13 years later that the schoolboy with a penchant for mischief picked up a guitar and began to write some tunes.
By his early 20s, the skinny lad with long brown hair became a worldwide sensation--- the master songsmith behind a little British band known as The Beatles.
By 1969 the super group had broken up. He went out on his own and wrote several chart topping album. He penned more than a few memorable melodies. He was still one of the most popular musicians in the world.
On Dec. 8, 1980 Mr. Lennon was walking toward the entrance of his home in the Dakota on Central Park West when a man called out to him.
Mr. Lennon turned. It was in that moment that Mark David Chapman pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and shot the Beatles frontman four times.
"Do you know what you just did?" The Dakota doorman shouted at Chapman, whose face was sprayed with blood.
"I just shot John Lennon," the assailant replied, coolly.
Only hours before Mr. Lennon had signed an autograph for Chapman.
It was a violent end for a man who once wrote the lyrics: "You may say that I'm a dreamer/ But I'm not the only one/ I hope someday you'll join us/ And the world will live as one."
Today, on Mr. Lennon's birthday, Beatles fans are celebrating the artist's momentous achievements in the world of music.
Here's my favorite song by Mr. Lennon:
What's your favorite Lennon tune? Leave your thoughts and memories of him below.
T. Rees Shapiro
| October 9, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
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