Julian Lennon

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8 April 1963 (1963-04-08) (age 47)

John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963) is an English musician, songwriter, actor, and photographer. He is the older son of John Lennon and the only child of Cynthia Powell (then married), with Beatles' manager Brian Epstein as godfather. He has a younger half-brother, Sean Lennon. He was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon.[1][2] He is friends with his father's former bandmate Paul McCartney.

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Early childhood

Julian Lennon was born in Liverpool. Initially, the fact that John Lennon was married and had a child was concealed from the public, 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 John Lennon was a married father, his popularity remained very high.

Lennon directly inspired one of his father's most famous songs, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", whose lyrics describe a picture the boy had drawn, a watercolour painting of his friend Lucy O'Donnell from preschool[3]) surrounded by stars. He later attended the set of The Beatles' film Magical Mystery Tour.

When he was five, Lennon's parents divorced, following his father's infidelity with Yoko Ono. Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" to console him over the divorce; originally called "Hey Jules", McCartney changed the name because he thought "Jude" was an easier name to sing.[4]

Lennon had almost no contact with his father after the divorce, until the early 1970s, at the instigation of his father's then girlfriend May Pang. Julian began to see his father more regularly, who bought him a Gibson Les Paul guitar and a drum machine for Christmas in 1973, and encouraged his interest in music by showing him some chords.[5][6]

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