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"Strawberry Fields Forever," "Let It Be" and "All You Need Is Love," - all of them bespeak the spirit of the late John Lennon, the man of peace, the man of music. And all of them too, are the result of one of the greatest collaborations in the history of modern popular music.

Winston Lennon was born October 9, 1940. He formed his first group, The Quarrymen, when he was barely 17. At almost the same time, he invited a friend, Paul McCartney, to join the group and subsequently to form a songwriting partnership with him.

In 1960, two name changes later (the first, in 1959, was to Johnny and the Moondogs) the group had become The Silver Beatles and finally, The Beatles. The band's first recordings, as a backing group of Tony Sheridan, came in 1961.

The following two years produced the beginnings of a virtually uninterrupted string of hit songs by Lennon and McCartney and records by The Beatles, including the three trailblazers, "Love Me Do," “Please Please Me" and "She Loves You."

The Beatles were perhaps the single most influential new pop entity in a generation. What came to be known as the British invasion of America was spearheaded by The Beatles, who arrived for their first triumphant visit on February 1964. They appeared during that frenetic week at Carnegie Hall in New York, in Washington, Miami and the West Coast. Later the same year, Lennon and his colleagues appeared in a Roy al Command Performance before Her Majesty the Queen of London, and later still, they watched with…

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