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Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon on the cover of his first solo album, Valotte (1984).
Background information
Birth name John Charles Julian Lennon
Also known as Jules, Jude
Born 8 April 1963 (1963-04-08) (age 44)
Genre(s) Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Writer
Instrument(s) Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums
Years active 1984-present
Label(s) Atlantic Records, Music From Another Room, Pinnacle Records
Website Official Website

John Charles Julian Lennon known universally as Julian Lennon, (born April 8, 1963 in Liverpool, England) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of his first wife Cynthia Lennon. His godfather was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. His father's nickname for him was "JCJ", and he was named after John Lennon's late mother, Julia. Image File history File links Julian_Lennon_Valotte. ... Valotte is the debut album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping,popping or using a pick. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Music From Another Room was a 1998 Romantic Comedy film starring Jude Law and Gretchen Mol. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Cynthia Powell Lennon (born September 10, 1939) was the first wife of John Lennon. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... Julia Stanley Lennon (née Stanley) (12 March 1914 – 15 July 1958) was the mother of John Lennon. ...

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Early childhood

For a brief time John Lennon concealed the fact he was married and had a child, in keeping with the conventional wisdom of the era that female teenage fans would not be as enamoured of married male pop stars. However, when the British media discovered that Lennon was a married father, it did not affect his popularity with fans.


Julian Lennon attended the set of The Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour, and made his musical debut at age 11 on his father's album Walls and Bridges playing drums on "Ya-Ya". The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Magical Mystery Tour, starring The Beatles, is an hour-long television film that initially aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day in 1967. ... Walls and Bridges is an album by John Lennon released in 1974. ...


Julian Lennon has always lived in the shadow of his famous father, who split from Cynthia when Julian was only five years old. Julian has often been somewhat icy toward the subject of his father, and especially regarding Yoko Ono. He and his half-brother Sean Lennon have a renewed relationship, spending time together on Sean's tour in 2007. Despite some of Julian's comments about Yoko, it should be noted that for a period of time in the 1980s after his father's death he lived with her and Sean in The Dakota (where he learned to play drums). In the early 1980s, Lennon roomed for a time with percussionist Ray Cooper.[citation needed] Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko (ONO Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born October 9, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. ... Southeast view of the Dakota from Central Park West The Dakota in the 1880s The Dakota, constructed from October 25, 1880 to October 27, 1884,[1] is an apartment building located on the northwest corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... “Percussion” redirects here. ... Ray Cooper Ray Cooper (born August 19, 1942 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English musician. ...


As a child, Lennon directly inspired the title of one of his father's most famous songs, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", whose lyrics describe a picture Julian drew, a watercolour painting of a girl (a classmate named Lucy) surrounded by stars. Later, Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" as a way of consoling him because of his parents' divorce. "Hey Jude" was meant to be "Hey Jules", but McCartney changed the name because he thought "Jude" was an easier name to sing.[1] Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a song written mainly by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) in 1967, and recorded by The Beatles for their album Sgt. ... Watercolor is a painting technique making use of water-soluble pigments that are either transparent or opaque and are formulated with gum to bond the pigment to the paper. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Music sample Hey Jude ( file info) Problems? See media help. ...


"Good Night", a track from The Beatles' White Album, although sung by Ringo Starr, is a lullaby written by John Lennon for his son, causing tension with Cynthia, who thought it further distanced father and son to have Starr sing the song instead of Lennon.[citation needed] Good Night is the final song by The Beatles on their self-titled album (aka The White Album). ... The self-titled double album The Beatles, released by the Beatles in 1968 at the height of their popularity, is often hailed as one of the major accomplishments in popular music. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ...


Career

Julian Lennon has had an inconsistent career as a musical artist; he did enjoy immediate success with his debut album Valotte and hit song "Too Late for Goodbyes" in 1984, only to see his second album, 1986's The Secret Value of Daydreaming, fail both critically and commercially. Although further US success eluded him post-Valotte, Lennon hit #5 in Australia with the 1989 single "Now You're In Heaven". Two years later, "Saltwater" reached #6 in the UK and topped the Australian singles charts for four weeks. After 1991, Lennon left the music business for several years. Valotte is the debut album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... This article is about the year. ... The Secret Value of Daydreaming is the sophomore album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Lennon's debut album Valotte was produced by Phil Ramone, who also produced albums for artist Billy Joel. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Act in 1985, and produced two top ten hits, the title track "Valotte", and "Too Late For Goodbyes". This album was promoted with music videos made by legendary movie director Sam Peckinpah and producer Martin Lewis of these songs. Lennon's first-ever tour in the spring of 1985 was documented as part of the film Stand By Me: A Portrait Of Julian Lennon — a film profile started by Peckinpah but directed by producer Martin Lewis after Peckinpah's death. Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer born in 1934. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director who achieved iconic status following the release of his 1969 Western epic The Wild Bunch. ... Martin Lewis. ... Martin Lewis. ...


Julian Lennon has always had cordial relationships with the other members of The Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney. McCartney and his late wife Linda visited him in 1974 to take photographs of him for John Lennon. When Julian released Valotte, Paul sent him a telegram wishing him good luck. In 1984 the two met up backstage at the New York studios of the TV show Friday Night Videos. In 1991, George Harrison and Dennis Tarczynski played on Lennon's album Help Yourself but were not directly credited. He also recorded the song "Because", which was made famous by The Dave Clark Five, in England for Clark's 1986 musical, Time (The single is out-of-print). Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Linda Louise, Lady McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... Friday Night Videos is a music video show broadcast on the American NBC television network from July 29, 1983 to May 24, 2002, and was considered network television’s answer to MTV. // In the beginning, MTV was still a phenomenon that very few people actually could see in their homes... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Help Yourself is the fourth album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... The Dave Clark Five (abbreviated as DC5) were an English Beat group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present something of a commercial threat to The Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ...


Due to his similarities in looks, singing voice and style, it was occasionally speculated that Lennon would join Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to form a band. However, in the Beatles Anthology series in 1996, the three surviving Beatles expressed disdain at the idea of using Julian Lennon as part of a Beatles reunion, with McCartney nodding at the camera and saying "why would we want to subject him to all of this?" Julian has done some acting, and appears as himself in the videos The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (1996), Cannes Man (1996), Imagine: John Lennon (1988), and Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987). Julian provided the voice for the title role in the animated David Copperfield (1993). For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary, a series of three albums, and a television miniseries which focus on the history of the popular rock band The Beatles. ...


His official website is currently undergoing reconstruction - it is intended to return to coincide with the release of his new album, which is going to be called Conscious. Julian also has an official MySpace profile, where early mixes of 3 new songs and a remixed version of "Saltwater" are available for listening.


Julian Lennon is also the producer of the documentary called "WhaleDreamers" about an aboriginal tribe and its special relationship to the whales. It also touches on a lot of environmental issues. This film has received many awards and was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. For more information, go to http://www.whaledreamers.com/.


Discography

  • Chart certifications from [1][2]; (U.S.) [3]; (UK), [4]; (Japan).

Albums

Other releases: Dave Clark's Time (soundtrack album) — Time Will Teach Us All, Because, If you Only Knew. Valotte is the debut album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... The Secret Value of Daydreaming is the sophomore album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... Mr. ... Help Yourself is the fourth album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ... Photograph Smile is the fifth (and to date, last) studio album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ...


Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1984 "Valotte" #9 - #6 #55 Valotte
1985 "Too Late For Goodbyes" #5 - #11 #6 Valotte
1985 "Say You're Wrong" #21 - #18 #75 Valotte
1985 "Because" - - - #40 Dave Clark's Time Soundtrack
1985 "Jesse" #54 - #24 - Valotte
1986 "Stick Around" #32 - #1 (2 weeks) #86 The Secret Value Of Daydreaming
1989 "Now You're in Heaven" #93 #27 - #59 Mr. Jordan
1991 "Saltwater" - - - #6 Help Yourself
1991 "Help Yourself" - - - #53 Help Yourself
1992 "Get A Life" - - - #56 Help Yourself
1995 "Cole's Song" - - - - Mr. Holland's Opus Soundtrack
1998 "Day After Day" - - - #66 Photograph Smile

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР exclusively in Russia. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1995 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1995 Record labels established in 1995 // January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 // 1998 - The single Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls sets a new hot 100 airplay record, 18 weeks at number one. ... Photograph Smile is the fifth (and to date, last) studio album by singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. ...

External links

Notes

  1. ^ Barry Miles (1997). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 465. ISBN 0-8050-5249-6.

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