I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War is Over)
that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.
December 8, 1980
John Lennon, is murdered by a deranged
fan in front of his New York apartment building.Lennon was born in 1940 in Liverpool, England. As a
boy, Lennon lived with his aunt after his father left the family. Lennon
attended Quarry Bank High School, from which he derived the name for his first
band, the Quarrymen, formed in 1955. In 1956, he met Paul McCartney, who joined
the band, and the two began writing songs together. George Harrison joined the
band in 1957, and the three played together under several different names and
with varying members until 1960, when they adopted the name the Beatles.
band toured German beerhouses in 1961 and debuted later that year at the Cavern
Club in Liverpool, where they gave more than 300 performances during the next
two years. Drummer Ringo Starr joined the group in 1962. The group scored
several U.K. hits in 1963, launching the "Beatlemania" tidal wave
that hit the United States in 1964. In a little more than 10 years, the group
transformed rock and roll, scoring 20 No. 1 hits on the Billboard pop
charts, more than any group in history. The group's records spent a total of 59
weeks topping the charts between 1964 and 1970.
divorced his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, the mother of his son Julian, and
married artist Yoko Ono in 1969. With Ono, he released the album Two Virgins
in 1968. He became more involved in liberal political causes and pursued
projects with Ono. In 1970, McCartney announced that the Beatles had broken up.
Lennon released his first solo album, Imagine, in 1971, and it rose to
No. 1 on the charts. During the next few years, he released projects with Ono
as well as his own solo albums, including chart-topper Walls and Bridges
(1974). He gave his last public performance in 1974 and released his last solo
album, Rock 'n' Roll, the following year. In 1975, Lennon and Ono had a
son, Sean, and in 1980 the couple released their album Double Fantasy,
which topped the charts and included the No. 1 single "(Just Like)
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