John Winston Lennon
– Oct. 9, 1940
Julia Stanley, Fred Lennon – parents
Mimi and George Smith (Aunt and uncle) owned a dairy and raised John as parental guardians
Strawberry Fields – Salvation Army Hostel
At Quarrybank, John started his first band “The Quarrymen”
John’s mom run over by a drunk policeman, but the only witness was a teenager which weren’t
considered witnesses at the time so he got away. John never got over the death of his mother.
Important story: John’s dad came back when he was five and his parents fought over custody of
John. Eventually they told John to decide between the two of them and John, being excited,
chose his dad, but as he was walking away with his dad, he realized he was walking away with a
stranger and so ran back.
Though John was raised by aunt, during his teen years, he became good friends with his mom.
– June 18, 1942
Mother – Mary died of breast cancer, which gave John and Paul a similarity to be friends over
“Let it be” – song about his mom saying, “its okay”
– Feb. 25, 1943, making him the youngest of the Beatles
Mother – Louise – cool mother that supported the band
1956 – 3 influences
1. Skiffle fad – Lonnie Donegan – hit song “Rock Island Line” often considered to be the Skiffle
2. American movie “Blackboard Jungle” – title song “Rock around the clock” – Bill Haley and
the Comets. When kids heard this song, they went crazy, broke everything in the theaters, ripping
3. “Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
Though Mimi was against John going into music, she bought him his first guitar for 17lbs.
Paul’s first guitar was 15lbs
George’s first guitar was 3lbs
Cynthia Powell met John at 1958 at Liverpool Art College
Stu Sutcliffe – joined John’s band, was 19 and an art student
Won 65 pounds in a painting competition and bought a bass with it. Didn’t know how to play, but
looked like James Dean.
John’s band started as “The Quarrymen” then “Johnnie and the Moondogs” and finally Stu
suggested “Beetles” because insect names were ‘in’ at the time, but John changed it to “Beatles”
for the beat pun.
One day a man named Raymond Jones walked into a record store owned by Brian Epstein who
was homosexual and asked for “My Bonnie” by Beatles
“My Bonnie” was actually by Tony Sheridan who asked Beatles to be a backup band for him in
exchange for studio time.
So full name of record is “My Bonnie” by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers (Beatles wanted
to use this name)
Pete Best – drummer
Bside – “When the Saints go Marching In”
Polydor – “The Early Tapes of the Beatles”
“Cry for a shadow” – Harrison and Lennon