30 Things You Probably Didn't Know About John Lennon

Written by Kennita Leon Rose

Anyone who knows anything about 1960's music knows who the Beatles are, or sadly, were. The four-member band made waves for years with their tunes. They had fans from every corner around the world and they seemed to be pretty invincible.

John grew up with an aunt who wasn’t very supportive of his musical talent. Aunt Mimi often told her nephew that it was fun to play the guitar, but he would never make a proper career out of it. How wrong was she?

Unfortunately, tragedy struck when John Lennon, one of the band's singer's and songwriters decided to leave. The rebellious and controversial artist didn't live a quiet life after quitting the band. If anything, he became more popular because of the way he lived and the things he had going on.

John Lennon lost his life when he was shot outside his hotel. His music is still being sold and played today, and he will forever remain in our hearts. Here are 30 things you may not have known about John Winston Ono Lennon. 

Very few people knew that John Lennon was legally blind- without his glasses that is. With them on, he was pretty good to go. Later on, it became public knowledge that John was also dyslexic. 

When John was a child, a close friend of his gave him a challenge. The challenge was to masturbate ten times in one day. Well John accepted the challenge. He actually came very close to reaching his goal; he fell short one.

John Lennon, Beatles singer and songwriter didn’t like the sound of his voice. This information came from the Beatles manager at the time, George Martin. George said that John would constantly ask for special effects to change the sound of his voice.

John was a Monopoly enthusiast. For those of you who didn’t know, the game has been around since 1935, three years before John was born. It was said that his goal (during every game) was to own Boardwalk and Park Place, even if it cost him the game.

The Beatles were made members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II but John returned his medal, telling the Queen “Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love. John Lennon."

John Lennon was very controlling when it came to his wives. He wanted his first wife, Cynthia, to look like Bridget Bardot. When she cut her hair, he refused to talk to her for days. He also demanded that his second wife, Yoko Ono, write him a complete list of all the people she slept with. 

John Lennon hit women. In an interview with Playboy, he said "I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically -- any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace."

Not only did he hit women, he was violent towards women too. He once repeatedly kicked his friend DJ Bob Wooler for making fun of him for having a relationship with Brian Epstein (who was in fact gay). DJ Bob had to be rushed to the hospital.

John Lennon was bisexual. His own wife Yoko Ono claimed that he had bisexual tendencies and interests in men, although she says that she didn’t think he ever acted on it. He was rumored to have a gay relationship Brian Epstein.

John Lennon bought an island off the coast of Ireland. He established a commune there which went well for two years before their supplies were burned in a fire. His wife, Yoko Ono, sold the island after John’s death.

 John and his second wife Yoko liked making films together. The most controversial one being a 15 minute slow motion movie of John’s penis going from flaccid to hard. The film was called Self Portrait. 

John was one of the worst drivers on the planet. He got his license at the age of 25 and crashed his infamous Rolls Royce two short years after getting it; he ended up injuring his wife and each of their kids in the accident.

John was the only member of the Beatles to not become a vegetarian. Paul and George adopted the lifestyle for philosophical reasons, Ringo took it up for health reasons, while John kept on eating meat. 

John had a strained relationship with his son Julian. The unexpected pregnancy forced him to marry his first wife Cynthia. After John’s death, Julian said this about his father , "There was some very negative stuff talked about me ... like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that?"

John thought that the best music the Beatles ever made were the songs they never recorded. John said the price that the group paid to make the music that people liked drained their creative juices. 

 John Lennon was the first Beatle to perform solo. Although Paul McCartney was the first to announce his departure from the group, it was John who performed on his own out of the four former band mates. 

John was the one who broke the band up. Contrary to popular belief, Paul McCartney wasn’t the one who split them up. It was John and his woman Yoko Ono who brought about the death of the Beatles. John wanting to leave was kept secret for some time. 

John Lennon and his babe Yoko Ono hired a psychic to help them make business decisions. Said psychic had it pretty good. The psychic on staff made as much money as their financial advisers and lawyers.

Apparently we shouldn’t be mad at Justin Bieber for demanding that his fans stop screaming during his performances. John felt the same way. He said “Beatles concerts are nothing to do with music any more. They’re just bloody tribal rites.”

John Lennon, rock and roll legend, was a boy scout and choir boy. His choir boy stint was at the St. Peter’s church and he was a member of the 3rd Allerton Boy Scout troop. Who knew?

Cynthia said that her and John’s relationship started falling apart when he started taking large amounts of LSD. His first experience with the drug was with his dentist, who slipped some into John’s coffee during dinner.

John Lennon claims to have seen a UFO levitating just outside his Manhattan apartment. He was on the roof naked at the time. He called his secretary May Pang and she also claims to have seen it. The police were called but by then, the UFO was gone.

John Lennon loved animals. Throughout his extremely busy life, he had an array of pets, including a cat named Elvis, a black and white cat named Major and Minor, and two more cats who he named Salt and Pepper. 

John used to nap in a coffin. One of their earlier managers, Allan Williams, had an old coffin at his bar, which John frequently took naps in. Apparently everyone, including John thought it was hilarious.

He was a true Englishman. You know how people say the English love tea? Well John was one of those Brits who liked his caffeine. Rumors are that he drank between twenty and thirty cups of tea and coffee daily. 

The morning of John’s death he did a shoot for the Rolling Stone, with him naked and Yoko Ono fully clothed, to promote his new album, Double Fantasy. The picture was later used on the album’s cover. 

John Lennon is rumored to have been a pathological liar; lying about the reasons why he left the Beatles, about how he met his second wife, Yoko Ono and about what he was up to before he made his comeback. 

The last autograph John Lennon signed was for his killer Mark David Chapman. The record he signed was John’s Double Fantasy album. Mark shot him as he was about to enter his hotel building with Yoko Ono. 

The details after his death remain unclear. His wife, Yoko Ono, did not have a funeral in her late husband’s honor, nor did she disclose the location of his ashes. Rumors are that they were scattered somewhere in New York; Central Park is one place that keeps popping up.

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Kennita Leon Rose


Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.