Before John Lennon was one of the most famous musicians in the world, he was a choirboy and a boy scout. He was born on October 9, 1940 in Liverpool. Let's take a look at some facts that you may not have known about the leader and founding member of the Beatles
1. John Lennon was a choir boy and a boy scout.
Yes, John Lennon, the great rock & roll & rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a boy scout. Lennon began his singing career as a choirboy at St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, England and was a member of the 3rd Allerton Scout Troupe.
. 2 John Lennon hated his own voice.
Incredibly, one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music hated his own voice. Lennon did not like the sound of his voice and loved to duplicate his notes. Often he asked the producer of the band, George Martin, to cover the sound of his voice: "Can not you choke it with tomato ketchup or something?"
. 3 John Lennon was dissatisfied with all the Beatles' records.
One night, after parting with his former producer George Martin, Lennon announced that he would like to re-record every song by the Beatles. Completely astonished, Martin asked him, "Even Strawberry Fields & # 39;" "Especially & # 39; strawberry fields & # 39 ;," Lennon replied.
. 4 John Lennon was the only Beatle who did not become a full-time vegetarian.
George Harrison was the first Beatle to become a vegetarian. According to most sources, he became a vegetarian in 1
. 5 John Lennon loved to play Monopoly .
During his Beatles era, Lennon was a devout Monopoly player. He had his own Monopoly set and often played in his hotel room or on planes. He liked getting up as he threw the dice, and he was crazy about the Boardwalk and Park Place properties. He did not care if he lost the game as long as he owned Boardwalk and Park Place.
. 6 John Lennon was the last Beatle to learn to drive.
Lennon received his driver's license at the age of 24 (on February 15, 1965). He was regarded by all who knew him as a terrible driver. He finally gave up driving after he had totaled his Aston-Martin on a trip to Scotland with his wife Yoko Ono in 1969; his son Julian; and Kyoko, Ono's daughter. Lennon needed 17 stitches after the accident.
When they returned to England, Lennon and Ono mounted the destroyed car on a pillar in their home. From then on, Lennon always used a chauffeur or driver.
. 7 John Lennon is said to have slept in a coffin.
According to Allan Williams, an early Beatles manager, Lennon liked to sleep in an old casket. Williams had an old, abandoned coffin on the grounds of his coffee bar, the Jacaranda. As a gag Lennon sometimes took a nap.
. 8 The last time John Lennon saw Paul McCartney was on April 24, 1976.
McCartney visited Lennon at his New York apartment. They watched together Saturday Night Live when producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a gag $ 3000 for the show. Lennon and McCartney almost took a taxi to the show for fun, but decided against it because they were just too tired. (A pity, it would have been one of the great moments in television history.)
9. John Lennon was originally intended to star in the first single of the Beatles, 1962 "Love Me Do".
Lennon sang the lead role in a large majority of early Beatles songs, but Paul McCartney took the lead role in the very first. The line was originally supposed to be Lennon, but because he had to play the harmonica, the line was instead transferred to McCartney.
10th "All you need is love" was the best text John Lennon ever wrote.
A friend once asked Lennon what the best text he ever wrote was. "That's easy," Lennon replied, "all you need is love."
. 11 The last photographer to take John Lennon's photo was Paul Goresh.
Ironically (and sadly), Lennon signed an album for the person who was to assassinate him a few hours later when he was shot by amateur photographer Paul Goresh on December 8, 1980.
Lennon bindingly signed a copy of his newest album , Double Fantasy for Mark David Chapman. Later that same day, Lennon returned from the recording studio and was gunned down by Chapman, the same person for whom he had so graciously signed his autograph.
Pathologically a photographer sneaked into the morgue and took a picture of Lennon's body before it was cremated the day after his murder. Yoko Ono has never revealed the whereabouts of his ashes or what happened to them.
This post originally appeared in 2012.