Happy Birthday John Lennon!! I cannot resist writing about John Lennon on his 70th birthday today. He was born and raised in Liverpool in 1940, becoming involved at an early age in the skiffle craze. This was a jazz music style, the basis of his first band, The Quarrymen that evolved into The Beatles in 1960. He and Paul McCartney were to form one of the most successful songwriting duos of the century. When the Beatles broke up in the late 60’s, Lennon went on to establish his solo career. But what many do not realize is that he was incredible at drawing and sketching as well, actually began as a visual artist long before he ever picked up a guitar. The self portrait below is titled 9 Portraits.