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1994 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee John Lennon

John Lennon

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    Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
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John Lennon

In the Beatles, the alliance of John Lennon and Paul McCartney produced some of music's greatest songs.

Never content with the status quo, Lennon then launched a solo career marked by experimentation, political activism, embrace of the counterculture and more enduring songs: "Imagine," "Working Class Hero," "Instant Karma!" and "#9 Dream."

Hall of Fame Essay


Dave Marsh

Imagine no John Lennon. A dozen years after his assassination, it remains no easier to even try. 

That’s so not only because John should be with us tonight, feisty and fiftyish, but because in many ways, he, his  music and his ideas remain with us, day in and day out, as powerfully as any figure in the history of rock & roll.  

Lennon still speaks to us so often and so directly because he was rock’s first true polymath. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1994
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John Lennon, you made it.

Paul McCartney






Photography: Bob Gruen

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