Today is the 72nd birthday of John Lennon, the English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was born on 9 October 1940 in Liverpool, England.

He was a founder member of The Beatles.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Imagine” was Lennon’s “most famous post-Beatles’ track.” Like “Give Peace a Chance”, the song became an anti-war anthem, but its lyrics offended religious groups. Lennon’s explanation was, “If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion -not without religion, but without this ‘my God is bigger than your God’ thing- then it can be true.”

Imagine – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (w the Flux Fiddlers) (official music video HD)
Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try
No hell below us, above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace…
Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger – a brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world…
You may say 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
written by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

At around 10:50 pm on 8 December 1980, as Lennon and Ono returned to their New York apartment in The Dakota, Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times at the entrance to the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of the nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
John Lennon riding his bike
John Lennon riding his bike
John Lennon
John Lennon, riding his bicycle.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono on bicycles
John Lennon and Yoko Ono on bicycles

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