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John Lennon

John Lennon was the radical Beatle, the political one who would shoot off his mouth at a time when pop stars were supposed to smile and sing. He’s the one who claimed the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, and he’s the one who, with wife Yoko Ono, staged a bed-in for peace. He posed naked on his album covers. He wrote songs with controversial lyrics. And he dismissed his Beatles years with casual cynicism. When the band broke up in 1970, Lennon released his first official album (there were a couple of experimental records before that), ‘John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band,’ a cathartic exercise that confronted his mommy issues and dismantled the Beatles’ myth. For the next five years he released increasingly easier records, until his retirement in 1975 to care for his young son. A few weeks after he released his comeback LP, ‘Double Fantasy,’ in 1980, he was killed by a deranged fan.

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Keystone / Evening Standard / Jack Kay / Michael Ledger, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

45 Years Ago: The Beatles’ Solo Singles All Hit the Charts

For two weeks in 1971, the Billboard Hot 100 had a sort-of Beatles reunion.

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Hilton Archive, Getty Images

The History of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Only Post-Beatles Session

A drug-fueled recording session featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney took place on March 28, 1974,

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Keystone, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Bed-In for Peace’

Most newlyweds like to spend their first few days as a couple far away from their hometown in some exotic locale, isolated from the rest of the world.

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Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Time John Lennon Was Ordered to Leave the U.S. by Immigration Authorities

On March 23, 1973, John Lennon was issued an order by U.S. immigration authorities to leave the United States.

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Hulton Archive / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Liam Gallagher Once Said He Was the Reincarnation of John Lennon

Sacha Baron Cohen told of an encounter he had with the former Oasis frontman on 'Conan.'

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Keystone Features, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

50 Years Ago: John Lennon’s ‘Beatles More Popular Than Jesus’ Comment Published

On March 4, 1966, an article appeared in the London Evening Standard that would cause an uproar and ripple for some time.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

A Lock of John Lennon’s Hair Sells for $35,000

Lennon had gotten this particular haircut when filming 'How I Won the War.'

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Central Press, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

When John Lennon Returned to His ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ Roots

In a way, John Lennon's 'Rock 'N' Roll' album is the back-to-basics record the Beatles' 'Let It Be' was supposed to be.

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The Story of John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma!’

Written, recorded and released over a period of just 10 days, John Lennon's 'Instant Karma!' was a huge hit, boasted one of rock's most inventive drum fills -- and had sweeping implications for the Beatles.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

When George Harrison Joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the Quarry Men

The third part of the equation that would become the Beatles fell into place on Feb. 6, 1958.

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