John Winston Ono Lennon; MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician; singer; songwriter; artist; and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. As a member of the group; Lennon was one of the lead vocalists and co-wrote the majority of the band-s songs with bassist Paul McCartney.Lennon had two sons: Julian Lennon; with his first wife Cynthia Lennon; and Sean Ono Lennon; with his second wife; avant-garde artist Yoko Ono. After a self-imposed retirement from 1976 to 1980; Lennon reemerged with a comeback album; but was murdered one month later in New York City on 8 December 1980. In 2002; respondents to a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted Lennon into eighth place. "Jealous Guy" is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album Imagine. It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs, with at least ninety-two recorded cover versions, the most notable Roxy Music's version, which reached number one in several countries directly after John Lennon's death.John Winston Ono Lennon; MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9.