December 8, 2011, marks the 31st anniversary of the passing of John Lennon who was part of the Beatles considered by many to be the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
Hundreds of articles have been written about John over the past years including some which talked about the performers who influenced him, his early childhood growing up in Liverpool, and his uncanny ability to write a complete song in 55 seconds.
An article titled John Lennon: Ten Little Known Facts About Beatle John appeared in December of 2008.
This is a follow up to that article.
Ten More Little Known Facts About John Lennon of The Beatles
- After the Beatles broke up, John was given a pet flamingo by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. John named the flamingo "Ringo" after his childhood friend Ringo Schwartzowitz.
- Originally John wanted to name the Beatles the Four Seasons but decided against it since that name was already taken.
- Lennon once said that he wrote the words to his hit song "Imagine" on a piece of toast since at the time he could not find a piece of paper.
- John's second book A Spaniard In The Works was originally titled An Italian In The Works but the title was changed after the lawsuit threat.
- In 1979, John first revealed that the Beatles spiritual guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of India was actually an ex-carnival worker from Hackensack, New Jersey named Bernie F. Goldenberger.
- The Beatles multimedia corporation Apple Records was initially registered as Pomegranate Records but it was changed because Paul McCartney kept misspelling the name.
- John said that when he and Yoko Ono were married on March 20, 1969, that they received a total of 47 toasters as wedding gifts.
- The name of John's second wife Yoko Ono was actually Yoko Onomatopoeia, but she willingly changed it because John had a real hard time pronouncing it.
- The song "The Ballad of John and Yoko" was changed by a record publishing executive from "The Ballad of Yoko and John" on account of alphabetical reasons.
- During the recording of the Beatles song "Twist And Shout" John was screaming so loud that his left tonsil actually popped out and it hit George Harrison on the nose causing him to drop his guitar pick.
Long live the music of John, Paul, George, & Ringo.