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John Lennon

Born: October 9, 1940, Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980 (aged 40), New York City, New York

John Lennon - Trivia powerd by ABEJohn Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (John Winston) was an English rock musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. Lennon along with Paul McCartney formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history".

What do you know about John Lennon? Rock to this quick quiz.

1. John Winston Lennon was born in the Liverpool Maternity Hospital, Oxford Street, Liverpool, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred (Alf, or Freddie) Lennon, during the course of a German air raid in World War II. 

  • Fact or Myth?

2. On 15 July 1958, when Lennon was 17, his mother Julia was killed on Menlove Avenue (close to her sister's Mimi's house). How did she die?

  • Struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer
  • Drug overdose
  • Breast cancer

3. When did Lennon start The Quarrymen?

  • March 1957
  • February 1947
  • July 1958

4. Lennon married Cynthia Powell on August 23, 1962 at the Mount Pleasant Register Office in Liverpool. When was their son, John Charles Julian Lennon born in Sefton General Hospital?

  • April 8, 1963
  • March 8, 1963
  • February 8, 1963

5. The Beatles first smoked cannabis with Bob Dylan in New York in 1964; Dylan mistakenly interpreted the lyric "I can't hide" from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as "I get high" and presumed that The Beatles were already familiar with the drug. 

  • Fact or Myth?

6. Who were Dr Winston O'Boogie, Mel Torment (a play on singer Mel Tormé), and The Reverend Fred Gherkin?

  • John Lennon's pseudonyms
  • John Lennon's guest artist
  • John Lennon's medical staff

7. Lennon and Yoko Ono were never married? 

  • Fact or Myth?

8. In June 1973, Ono decided that she and Lennon should separate. Ono suggested that he take their personal assistant, as a companion. Lennon soon moved to California with her, and embarked on an eighteen-month period he would later call his "Lost Weekend." Who was their personal assistant?

  • May Pang
  • Myra Richardson
  • Astrid Kirchherr

9. On the night of December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot in the back four times (the fifth shot missed) in the entrance hallway of the Dakota. Who shot Lennon?

  • Mark Daniel Randolph
  • Mark David Chapman
  • Seymour Stuart

10. Where is John Lennon buried?

  • Quarry Bank Cemetery, Liverpool, England
  • Ferncliff Cemetery, London, England
  • Cremated, ashes given to family or friend


1. Fact

2. Struck by a car driven by an off-duty police officer

3. March 1957

4. April 8, 1963

5. Fact

6. John Lennon's pseudonyms

7. Myth. The couple were married in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969, and spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace.

8. May Pang

9. Mark David Chapman

Angels on your pillow10. Cremated, ashes given to family or friend

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