Thirty-five years after death, John Lennon trends on Twitter


John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) a singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated song writing partnership.

His iconic songs such as “Working Class Hero”, “Give Peace a Chance”, and “Imagine” which were critically acclaimed albums (Lenon Ono Band). Lenon married to Yoko Ono and disengaged himself from the music business in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the new album Double Fantasy. He was murdered three weeks after its release. In 1980, while Lennon and artist wife Yoko Ono were entering their apartment at The Dakota on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Lennon was shot and killed.

Thirty five years after his death, John Lennon was trending on Twitter today. The late British rockstar and peace activist was assassinated for his pacifist views in New York on December 8, 1980 but his words and songs continue to resonate even today.

Fans across generations flooded Twitter with Lennon’s quotes and rare photos to mark the late rock star’s birthday.

He has an acerbic wit in his music, drawings, writing. In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. As of 2012, Lennon’s solo album sales in the United States exceeded 14 million and, as writer, co-writer, or performer, he is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Hot 100 chart.

Yoko Ono celebrated what would have been John Lennon‘s 75th birthday by celebrating peace — and trying to break a Guinness World Record in the bargain. More than 2,000 people joined Ono in New York’s Central Park to form a human peace sign as part of a commemorative event she announced last month. Though Ono missed her goal of amassing between 6,000 and 10,000 people — and fell short of the record, which remains at 5,814 people — she expressed gratitude for the crowd that turned out, which CBS notes “included everyone from aging hippies to schoolchildren not yet born when Lennon died.”

“New York was a very special place for John — his adopted home,” said Ono in a statement. “I’m so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday.”