John Lennon was born in England on October 9, 1940, Lennon’s parents went through a divorce, so he went to go live with his aunt. Lennon's mom often came to visit them, and even taught Lennon how to play the banjo, piano, and even bought him his own guitar. In high school, he was in a band called The Quarrymen, named after his school, Quarry Bank High. After Lennon graduated from high school in 1957, he formed the Beatles and made their first single, “Love Me Do,” in October of 1962, soon it was on the British charts at #17. In the mid 1960s, The Beatles became the world’s biggest band, and they toured all over the world. Lennon soon left the band in 1969 because he wanted to start writing his own music with his wife. He continued to write songs until a crazed fan shot and killed Lennon in 1980.