23 Things You Might Not Know About John Lennon

Because you deserve to know everything about this rock legend on the day of his 73rd birthday!

1. John started his singing career as a choir boy at St. Peter’s church.

2. He was also a boy scout.

3. He was the last Beatle to learn how to drive.

4. And the only Beatle who didn’t become a full-time vegetarian.

5. The first instrument John learned to play was the harmonica.

6. He loved to play Monopoly.

He was crazy about the properties Boardwalk and Park Place.

7. He discovered that he had dyslexia in his later years.

8. John often said he’d rather have been a member of Monty Python than The Beatles.

9. He was dissatisfied with all The Beatles’ records.

10. He even hated his own voice.

11. Lennon said “All You Need Is Love” is the best lyric he ever wrote.

When a friend once asked him the best lyric he ever wrote, John replied: “That’s easy… all you need is love.”

12. John once almost beat a man to death.

Rumors that Lennon was gay were swirling when things came to a head with a DJ the Beatles knew named Bob Wooler. Wooler was a very close friend of the Beatles and had introduced them on stage some 300 times. This incident happened at Paul’s 21st birthday party, on June 18, 1963. At the party, Wooler was joking around with John and said (with heavy gay intimations): “Come on John, what really happened with you and Brian (Epstein)? Everybody knows anyway, so tell us.” John had been heavily drinking that night and, in a blind rage, he proceeded to beat the stuffing out of a very surprised Bob Wooler, literally kicking him repeatedly in the ribs as he lay on the ground in a bloody heap. According to John, the only reason he actually stopped the savage beating was because, “I realized I was actually going to kill him… I just saw it like a screen. If I hit him once more, that’s really going to be it. I really got shocked and for the first time thought: ‘I can kill this guy.’” Wooler was rushed to the hospital and given treatment for a variety of things, including broken ribs. Source.

13. Without glasses, John was legally blind.

14. He sometimes slept in a coffin.

15. The last photo of John shows him signing a copy of Double Fantasy to his killer: Mark David Chapman.

16. The location of his cremated remains is unknown.

17. The last time he saw Paul was on April 24, 1976.

Paul was visiting John at his New York apartment. They were watching Saturday Night Live together when producer Lorne Michaels, as a gag, offered the Beatles $3,000 to come on the show. John and Paul almost took a cab to the show, but finally decided against it.

18. John collected Beatles memorabilia.

Lennon was an enthusiastic supporter of the Beatlefest conventions that began springing up in the mid 70s.

19. He served as Best Man at Young Frankenstein actor Peter Boyle’s wedding.

20. John was a huge Bing Crosby fan.

The Beatles’ first big hit, “Please Please Me,” was partly inspired by a line from a Bing Crosby song that read: “please lend a little ear to my pleas.”

21. His all-time favorite album was by The B-52’s.

Lennon first heard The B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” in a Bermuda disco in 1979 and instantly recognized that singer Cindy Wilson’s song-ending “scream” was an homage to Yoko Ono. Ono has since said she and Lennon listened to the The B-52s incessantly while recording tracks for their Double Fantasy album. Prior to his death, Lennon proclaimed The B-52s’ eponymous debut album his favorite album ever.

22. He appeared on the first-ever cover of Rolling Stone magazine on November 9, 1967.

23. He had a strong affection for cats, actually having owned as many as six at a time.

Thank you John… for being just you!

And happy 73rd birthday!

You will always live on…

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