Julian Lennon Biography

Julian Lennon is a popular British musician and the son of John Lennon. Explore this biography to learn more about his childhood, life, works, achievements and timeline.

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Birthday: April 8, 1963

Nationality: British

Famous: Quotes By Julian Lennon Humanitarian

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: John Charles Julian Lennon

Born in: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

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father: John Lennon

mother: Cynthia Powell Lennon

siblings: Sean Lennon

City: Liverpool, England

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Julian Lennon is a famous English musician and the son of the legendry John Lennon, the co-founder of ‘Beatles’. Enamored by music from a very young age, Julian was introduced to the glitz and grime of showbiz from very early on, owing to his father’s immense popularity and showmanship. It is believed that Julian, as a child, inspired many of the Beatles compositions - one particular single being ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. Although his parents got divorced when he was very young, Julian was besotted by his father’s work and vowed to become just as popular as him one day. He debuted on record as a drummer for the track ‘Ya Ya’ on his father’s album, ‘Walls and Bridges’ and then went on to release his very own album, ‘Valotte’, which generated four chart singles. He has had the opportunity to work under numerous music labels including ‘Virgin’, ‘Atlantic’, ‘Charisma’ and ‘Music From Another Room’. Apart from his musical endeavors, he is also devoted to a number of philanthropic causes, most notably his own foundation, the ‘White Feather Foundation’. He has also ventured into his own internet business, ‘MyStore.com’, along with Micheal Birch. Although he dreamt of becoming a successful artist like his father, his career graph has been quite erratic, as many of his albums were not very successful.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Julian Lennon’s musical career got off to a brilliant start with his 1984 debut album, ‘Valotte’. His second album, ‘The Secret Value of Daydreaming’, was not as successful as the first, but still managed to top the ‘Album Rock Tracks’ chart.
  • Though his first two albums were successful, he never managed to garner the same amount of success with any of his following releases.
  • He appeared in Mike Batt’s musical, ‘The Hunting of the Snark’, which was based on Lewis Caroll’s poem.
  • His first ever musical tour in 1985 was documented as a part of the film, ‘Stand By Me: A Portrait of Julian Lennon’. He then went on to appear in a number of other films such as ‘Imagine: John Lennon’, ‘Cannes Man’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’.
  • In 1991, he released the album ‘Help’, from which, one of the singles, ‘Saltwater’ reached the number six position in UK and topped a number of Australian singles charts for weeks in a row. Post-1991, he left the music industry for a couple years and ventured out to do other things such as cooking, sculpting and sailing.
  • In 1998, he was back with the album ‘Photograph Smile’, which garnered little commercial success. In 2002, he went on to record an adaption of the Beatles song, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, which was criticized by a number of die-hard Beatles fans.
  • In 2006, along with the Bebo founder, Michael Birch and Todd Meagher, he created a new partnership and began an internet business, which included, ‘MyStore.com’. The following year, he took up an interest in photography and subsequently, conducted his own exhibition titled, ‘Timeless: The Photography of Julian Lennon’.
  • In 2009, he founded the ‘White Feather Foundation’, a humanitarian initiative, whose mission embraces environmental and social issues from around the world.
  • Shortly after his father’s death, he began collecting Beatles mementos and published a book featuring the collection in 2010, titled, ‘Beatles Memorabilia: The Julian Lennon Collection.’
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Major Works
  • His debut album, ‘Valotte’, catapulted him to fame and was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist’ in 1985. The album also produced a number of hits, which charted the US, UK and Australian music countdowns. The title track, ‘Valotte’ and ‘Too Late For Goodbyes’, became hit singles and remained popular for weeks together on radio stations across the country.
  • He produced a documentary, ‘WhaleDreamers’, which narrated the story of an aboriginal tribe in Australia and the special bond they shared with the whales. The documentary was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and also received numerous awards.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Julian’s relationship with Yoko Ono, his father’s girlfriend and his half-brother, Sean, was a strained one, following the divorce and the death of his father. However, they soon became ‘cordial’ with each other and Yoko Ono became the trustee of John Lennon’s will.
  • ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ (The Beatles) was inspired by a drawing created by this musician.

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