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Lennon: A Tribute

In honour of what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, we take a look back at the legendary singer-songwriter's life in pictures...

  • Lennon: A Tribute

    1948

    Young Lennon is pictured aged eight in his Dovedale Primary School uniform. Chewing gum behind ears, no doubt.

    Photo: Pictorial Press/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 1

    1960

    The early Beatles are photographed standing outside Paul McCartney's Liverpool home in 1960. From left to right in this photo: George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Ringo Starr was not to join the band for another two years. Until then Harrison would kick a bin to provide percussion. Some of this is false.

    Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 2

    1961

    During the early years of the Beatles, Lennon performs live on stage at the, now world-famous Cavern Club, in Matthew Street, Liverpool, in December 1961.

    Photo: Evening Standard/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 3

    1964

    Lennon performs live aged 24. Rocks the geek chic look a full 50 years before Justin Timberlake.

    Photo: TERRY O'NEILL / Rex Features

  • Lennon: A Tribute 4

    1964

    The Beatles celebrate Lennon passing his driving test in the car park of EMI Studios. Actually, though.

    Photo: Daily Sketch/Rex Features

  • Lennon: A Tribute 5

    1965

    Lennon is snapped in his Triumph Herald convertible car on the 18 February 1965.

    Photo: Evening Standard/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 6

    1965

    Lennon dons dark glasses and a hat for an incognito flight to Cannes film festival with his then-wife Cynthia Lennon.

    Photo: H Wallace/Daily Mail/Rex Features

  • Lennon: A Tribute 7

    1967

    The Beatles take part in a colourful photo shoot, perfectly encapsulating the psychedelic vibe of the late sixties.

    Photo by David Magnus / Rex Features

  • Lennon: A Tribute 8

    1968

    Lennon is pictured on the 19 October 1968 on his way to appear at Marylebone Magistrates' Court after being arrested on charges of possession of drugs. He and girlfriend Yoko Ono were living at Ringo Starr's flat at 34 Montagu Square when the premises were raided by the drug squad. Busted!

    Photo: Daily Express/Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 9

    1968

    Lennon is photographed with his son Julian at their home in Weybridge.

    Photo: Keystone Features/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 10

    1969

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono, both dressed in white, hold aloft their marriage certificate after their wedding in Gibraltar on the 20 March 1969. Photobomber ruins the entire thing.

    Photo: Simpson/Express/Getty Images

  • Lennon: A Tribute 11

    1970s

    Lennon as he looked in the seventies, wearing his trademark specs and some seriously impressive man beard.

    Photo: Harry Goodwin/Rex Features

  • Lennon: A Tribute 12

    1969

    Lennon poses with Yoko Ono on the steps of the Apple building in London, holding one of the posters that they distributed to the world's major cities as part of a peace campaign protesting against the Vietnam War, entitled 'War Is Over, If You Want It'.

    Photo: Frank Barratt/Getty Images