Lennon, singer, songwriter, producer
found in whale dreamtime, by Greg Tingle
John Charles Julian Lennon known universally as
Julian Lennon, (born 8 April 1963 in Liverpool,
England) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,
and first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only
child of his first wife Cynthia Lennon. His godfather
was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. His father's
nickname for him was "JCJ", and he was
named after John Lennon's late mother, Julia.
a brief time John Lennon concealed the fact he
was married and had a child, in keeping with the
conventional wisdom of the era that female teenage
fans would not be as enamoured of married male
pop stars. However, when the British media discovered
that Lennon was a married father, it did not affect
his popularity with fans.
Lennon attended the set of The Beatles' film Magical
Mystery Tour, and made his musical debut at age
11 on his father's album Walls and Bridges playing
drums on "Ya-Ya".
Lennon has always lived in the shadow of his famous
father, who split from Cynthia when Julian was
only five years old. Julian has often been somewhat
icy toward the subject of his father, and especially
regarding Yoko Ono. He and his half-brother Sean
Lennon have a renewed relationship, spending time
together on Sean's tour in 2007. Despite some
of Julian's comments about Yoko, it should be
noted that for a period of time in the 1980s after
his father's death he lived with her and Sean
in The Dakota (where he learned to play drums).
In the early 1980s, Lennon roomed for a time with
percussionist Ray Cooper.
a child, Lennon directly inspired the title of
one of his father's most famous songs, "Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds", whose lyrics describe
a picture Julian drew, a watercolour painting
of a girl (a classmate named Lucy) surrounded
by stars. Later, Paul McCartney wrote "Hey
Jude" as a way of consoling him because of
his parents' divorce. "Hey Jude" was
meant to be "Hey Jules", but McCartney
changed the name because he thought "Jude"
was an easier name to sing.
Night", a track from The Beatles' White Album,
although sung by Ringo Starr, is a lullaby written
by John Lennon for his son, causing tension with
Cynthia, who thought it further distanced father
and son to have Starr sing the song instead of
Lennon has had an inconsistent career as a musical
artist; he did enjoy immediate success with his
debut album Valotte and hit song "Too Late
for Goodbyes" in 1984, only to see his second
album, 1986's The Secret Value of Daydreaming,
fail both critically and commercially. Although
further US success eluded him post-Valotte, Lennon
hit #5 in Australia with the 1989 single "Now
You're In Heaven". Two years later, "Saltwater"
reached #6 in the UK and topped the Australian
singles charts for four weeks. After 1991, Lennon
left the music business for several years.
debut album Valotte was produced by Phil Ramone,
who also produced albums for artist Billy Joel.
The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for
Best New Act in 1985, and produced two top ten
hits, the title track "Valotte", and
"Too Late For Goodbyes". This album
was promoted with music videos made by legendary
movie director Sam Peckinpah and producer Martin
Lewis of these songs. Lennon's first-ever tour
in the spring of 1985 was documented as part of
the film Stand By Me: A Portrait Of Julian Lennon
— a film profile started by Peckinpah but
directed by producer Martin Lewis after Peckinpah's
Lennon has always had cordial relationships with
the other members of The Beatles, particularly
Paul McCartney. McCartney and his late wife Linda
visited him in 1974 to take photographs of him
for John Lennon. When Julian released Valotte,
Paul sent him a telegram wishing him good luck.
In 1984 the two met up backstage at the New York
studios of the TV show Friday Night Videos. In
1991, George Harrison and Dennis Tarczynski played
on Lennon's album Help Yourself but were not directly
credited. He also recorded the song "Because",
which was made famous by The Dave Clark Five,
in England for Clark's 1986 musical, Time (The
single is out-of-print).
he began his performing career there was occasionally
unfounded media speculation that Lennon would
undertake performances with Paul McCartney, George
Harrison and Ringo Starr. However, in the Beatles
Anthology series in 1996, the three surviving
Beatles confirmed that there was no idea of using
Julian Lennon as part of a Beatles reunion, with
McCartney saying "why would we want to subject
him to all of this?" Lennon has been seen
in several films including The Rolling Stones
Rock and Roll Circus (1996 - but shot in 1968),
Cannes Man (1996), Imagine: John Lennon (1988),
and Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987).
Julian provided the voice for the title role in
the animated David Copperfield (1993).
official website is currently undergoing reconstruction
- it is intended to return to coincide with the
release of his new album, which is going to be
called Conscious. Julian also has an official
MySpace profile, where early mixes of 3 new songs
and a remixed version of "Saltwater"
are available for listening.
Lennon is also the producer of the documentary
called "WhaleDreamers" about an aboriginal
tribe and its special relationship to the whales.
It also touches on a lot of environmental issues.
This film has received many awards and was shown
at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. For more information,
go to http://www.whaledreamers.com
* Valotte (1984) # 20 U.K, #17 U.S.Platinum
* The Secret Value of Daydreaming (1986) #32U.S.Gold
* Mr. Jordan (1989) #87 U.S.
* Help Yourself (1991)
* Photograph Smile (1998) #70 Japan
* VH-1 Behind the Music - Julian Lennon (2001)
* Conscious (working title) - Release Date TBD
(2007) - Go to Julian's MySpace profile for details.
releases: Dave Clark's Time (soundtrack album)
— Time Will Teach Us All, Because, If you
Only Knew. (Credit:
Lennon official website
and the environment