For the past fifty years the songwriting duo between Paul McCartney and John Lennon has been considered the best of the best. Thanks to their forward thing, they could create sounds never heard before, which also led to big paychecks.
When the Beatles burst through the American door, they created the epidemic known as Beatlemania. In 1965, partially thanks to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, they became household names.
Soon after, of course, the band members separated, but John Lennon continued to write and perform. His song “Imagine” was likely the highlight of his solo career.
The Marketing Campaign Behind John Lennon
In the beginning, the Beatles were simply four clean-cut kids. They were the initial model for all other bands of the era. After the appearance on American television, their band manager ironically turned down more money.
Instead of asking for more money, he wanted more commercial exposure. This way, he could continue to spread the message of the Beatles and more money would follow. Clearly, the “risk” paid off in the end.
Between 1963 and 1970, the band created a dozen phenomenal studio albums, so their future royalties would be insane.
An Estimated Worth Of Over $800 Million
All together, the four members had enough money to power a small country but John Lennon also had a successful solo career. After their very public breakup, John Lennon joined his wife Yoko Ono for some new strange and wonderful music.
Around this time, he also became friends with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone. At the time, most musicians did not relate having a relationship with media to their success, but the magazine was one of the first to change all of that.
All in all, John Lennon sold over 14 million solo albums in the United States and he had over twenty-five #1 hit singles in the states. But, all of this came to an end when he was gunned down by Mark David Chapman in 1980 at his New York home.
Lennon died at the age of forty as one of the most influential musicians to ever have lived. He was inducted into the Songwriters HOF in 1987 and the Rock and Roll HOF a few years later in 1994. He was worth an estimated $800 million dollars.
What is your favorite solo song from John Lennon?