John Lennon, singing-songwriting sensation and iconic co-founder of the Beatles, is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians of all time.
Alongside Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Lennon successfully built the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music and inspired countless future musicians.
After calling time on the Beatles, Lennon began to record as a solo artist and later recorded numerous tracks with his wife Yoko Ono. What followed a string of hugely successful solo tracks was Lennon’s decision to seemingly disengaging himself from the music industry in 1975 to raise his infant son Sean.
It was that same year that Lennon was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album was released. Ono issued a statement the next day, saying: “there is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.”
Here, we take a look back at some of Lennon’s final photographs: