John Winston Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow musician Paul McCartney, he wrote the Beatles' songs "Yesterday", "Let It Be", "Hey Jude", "Come Together", and "Free as a Bird". In 1972, Lennon left the Beatles to begin a family of his own. He was killed by Mark David Chapman on 8 December 1980 at age 40.
In addition to being a musician, John Lennon also has been a renowned writer
His works have been published in more than 18 languages and have been translated into more than 100 foreign languages. His first book, In His Own Write, was a collection of short stories published in 1970. The Day Tripper was his first album.
The title song from this album became one of the best-selling singles in US history. Next came Mind Games, another highly successful single from which came Imagine. In 1988 he wrote Wimp, a New York Times best seller.
In addition to writing novels and songs, John Lennon also authored several autobiographies including In My Life and A Spaniard's Song: An Autobiography.