Music legend John Lennon in 1971 ©AFP PHOTO / FILES

Music legend John Lennon in 1971

(Relaxnews) – October 9 marks what would have been the 75th birthday of John Lennon, whose musical legacy as a Beatle and a solo artist is being celebrated in New York, Los Angeles and around the world.

Lennon was born in 1940 in Liverpool and rose to fame as co-founder of the Beatles. In 1970, when the Beatles disbanded and soon after he married Japanese artist Yoko Ono, he launched his solo career and became increasingly involved in peace activism, writing songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine.”

Rolling Stone, placing “Imagine” at number three in its 2011 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, called the 1971 track Lennon’s “greatest musical gift to the world.”

In New York City, where Lennon moved in 1971 and where he was assassinated on December 8, 1980, Yoko Ono is behind the official event that’s being organized around the 75th anniversary of Lennon’s birth.

There, on Tuesday, October 6, she will be aiming to organize the world’s largest human peace sign in Central Park. With hopes to gather 6,000 people in the park’s East Meadow, she’ll be seeking to hit a Guinness World Record.

Registration can be done online at or at the park on Tuesday; an aerial photograph capturing the resulting peace sign at 12:30pm EST.

The event is also being organized by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, state-of-the-art recording facility for students that is in its 18th year of touring.

Other cities where fans will mark the occasion include Los Angeles, where Lennon’s Walk of Fame star will be the gathering place for speeches, a cake-cutting ceremony, and the signing of a birthday card that will be sent to Yoko Ono. That event starts at 6pm on October 9.

In Lennon’s hometown, The Cavern — where the Beatles performed nearly 300 times in their early days — is hosting a 75th Birthday Tribute Concert to Lennon on October 9 headlined by the Original Quarrymen, Lennon’s first band.