The late singer-songwriter was the founder and lead vocalist of The Beatles, which is arguably the greatest rock band of all time.
"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
You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us ... And the world will be as one."
Simple words, aren't they? Yet, if everyone, especially the political leaders, understood the profound essence of these words, the world would have been a much better place. I know it sounds like utopia, but that's the world that John Lennon envisioned; a world filled with compassion and unity; a world where peace takes centre stage; a world where there is love and not war.
John Lennon was an era in himself. He wasa musicalgenius whose legacy reshaped the entire world of music, bringing a transformative force to our popular culture. Through his music (whether solo or with the Beatles), he spearheaded nothing less than a cultural revolution, standing as a beacon of hope for generations to come. Be it "Give Peace a Chance", "Imagine", "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", "Oh My Love", " Working Class Hero", or "Whatever Gets You thru the Night"; each of Lennon's works is a testament to his incredible vocal prowess and his unwavering commitment to peace.
The legendary singer-songwriter breathed his last on the 8th of December back in 1980. To mark his death anniversary today, we share an interesting fact about him that you didn't know.
Yes, you read it right! Even though Lennon is hailed as one of the world's greatest singers of all time, he was a harsh critic of himself. Precisely, he hated his voice, so much so that he often asked producer George Martin to add effects to his recordings to make them sound different.
As engineer Geoff Emerick recalled from his time working with Lennon, "He was constantly imploring us to make him sound different. 'Can you squeeze that up there?’ he would say. Or, ‘Can you make it sound nasally?’ Despite the fact that [John] was one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time, he hated the sound of his own voice.”
(Credit: The Beatles)
The Beatles' producer George Martin once shared in an interview, "(Lennon) had an inborn dislike of his own voice which I could never understand, as it was one of the best voices I’ve heard."
“He was always saying to me, ‘Do something with my voice! You know, put something on it. Smother it with tomato ketchup or something. Make it different.' As long as it wasn’t his natural voice coming through, he was reasonably happy. But he’d always want his voices to get special treatment,” he added.
The first song Lennon learned to play as a kid was Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day”.
The late musician was an ardent Monopoly player. He often played Monopoly in his hotel rooms or on planes.
It may sound bizarre, but some reports do suggest that Lennon liked to sleep in an old coffin.
Lennon is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His words reflect the essence of life like no other and continue to resonate with us even after so many years since his demise. However, what you may not know is that the rockstar actually hated writing lyrics. In fact, he once revealed in an interview that songwriting was "absolute torture” for him. "I always think there’s nothing there, it’s sh*t, it’s no good, it’s not coming out, this is garbage ... and even if it does come out, I think, 'What the hell is it anyway?'"
According to Lennon, "All You Need Is Love” is the best lyric that he ever wrote.