Beatle John Lennon with record producer George Martin, 2 October 1964.
© Manchester Daily Express / Science & Society Picture Library
Caption reads: 'John on tambourine. Beatle recording sesions, mainspring of succes, are strictly private'. John Lennon (1940-1980) formed the Beatles in 1960 with Paul McCartney (1942-), George Harrison (1943-2001) and Ringo Starr (1940-) in Liverpool, England. They went on to become the most succesful pop group of all time and finally split in 1970. In 1965 Lennon, along with the other Beatles, was awarded the MBE although Lennon later returned his as a protest about British involvement in the Vietnam War. Lennon was murdered on 8 December 1980 in New York by Mark Chapman.