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Julian Lennon: The Forgotten Son

Shauna shares her passion for the artists who bring us music, create memories and make the world a better place.

Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon

Background For This Article

I watched the Grammy Celebration of the Beatles coming to America twice. The first airing was on February 9, 2014, the 50th anniversary of their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The second airing was on Lincoln’s birthday, February 12th.

I grew up with the Beatles. I was such a dramatic little fan at the ripe old age of 6. I had a Beatles poster in my room and favored Ringo because I felt sorry for him; he wasn’t as handsome as the other three (in my eyes). I’ve always favored the underdog; perhaps because my own childhood had me moving from state to state, never really having any friends to speak of. I was the underdog and related to my child’s impression of Ringo as being the same.


This is the poster I had in my bedroom when I was six

This is the poster I had in my bedroom when I was six

As I grew older, I gravitated towards John Lennon and his message. He was a rebel, had an idealistic view of life and I related completely. I, too, had become a rebel. Perhaps I always had been.

I remember hearing stories or reading stories about John’s first born son, Julian. They were sad stories in this little girl’s mind. He was withheld from the public eye, as was his mom, Cynthia. This maddened me, especially after Sean was born. Sean was a public figure. It seemed as though Julian never existed. Again, my heart reached out to the underdog.

I discovered Julian Lennon’s music in the 1980’s via his first album, Valotte. His songs touched my heart. His words spoke of regret, longing and time gone by that couldn’t be recaptured.

From the Valotte album

After viewing the anniversary celebration, my first thought was: I need to write an article about Julian Lennon. I will entitle it, “Julian Lennon: the Forgotten Son”.

The next day was Monday and I spent the morning researching information for my forthcoming article. The morning morphed into the afternoon and I became not only educated, but enlightened by the man, Julian Lennon. I became enamored all over again.

Julian has had a voice and a presence despite of - and perhaps because of - his genes.

His father was an icon.

His mother was a strong woman who raised her only child outside the infamy and frantic lifestyle of The Beatles.

She had no choice in the matter but was more than happy to raise Julian under the radar, so to speak.

Cynthia, Julian and John Lennon

Cynthia, Julian and John Lennon

A Bit of History

John Lennon met Cynthia Powell in 1957 while attending art school in Liverpool. They had a calligraphy class together and soon discovered they had much in common. A romance ensued over the course of several years. When Cynthia discovered she was pregnant, the couple married on August 23, 1962.

At the time, John was the only Beatle who was married. To maintain the Beatles image as heartthrobs, their manager, Brian Epstein, felt it best to keep John and Cynthia’s marriage out of the public eye; in fact he insisted it be kept a secret. Even more so once Julian was born less than a year later on April 8, 1963.

Cynthia accompanied John on the Beatles 1964 American tour for a brief period. Epstein was furious. This would be the last tour for Cynthia. She and Julian stayed behind in their 22-room English Tudor home, named Kenwood in Weybridge, Surrey until the marriage dissolved in 1968.

Although Julian and John spent very little time together, two of the hits written by John were inspired by Julian. “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was inspired by a painting Julian had made of a nursery school friend, Lucy. “Good Night” from The White Album was written as a lullaby for John Lennon’s first born son.

Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” for Julian to console him after John and Cynthia’s divorce. It was originally entitled, “Hey Jules” but was changed to “Hey Jude” because “Jude” was easier to sing.

Then tragedy struck. John Lennon was killed in 1980 and the world mourned.

Although John and Cynthia were no longer married, a commonality they shared was now one Julian did as well. John lost his mother, Julia, when he was 17 years old. Cynthia lost her father, Charles, when she was 17. Julian Lennon was 17 years old when his father was brutally murdered.

Julian’s birth name is John Charles Julian Lennon.

John Lennon (left), Julian Lennon (right)

John Lennon (left), Julian Lennon (right)

Cynthia Lennon Talks About John

Cynthia Lennon Interviews Her and John's First Born Son, Julian

Julian Lennon's Career

Julian’s musical career began at the age of 11 when he sat in on his dad’s album Walls and Bridges as drummer. Then, in 1984 Julian made his first full length album, Valotte. It was a huge success, garnering two top 10 hits, “Valotte” and “Too Late for Goodbyes”. Julian took a break from recording during the years 1991 - 1998 to pursue other interests. His latest CD, Everything Changes was produced by Music From Another Room, Ltd. in 2011.

Julian is not only a talented, singer/songwriter/musician, but a creative photographer as well. He first discovered his love for photography in 2007 when he photographed Sean’s music tour. His work has since been exhibited at the MorrisonHotel Gallery in SoHo, New York and in Miami, Venice, California and various places around the world.

He has also appeared in several documentaries, films, and has provided voice overs for the animated films, David Copperfield and The Real Story of I’m a Little Teapot. WhaleDreamers, a documentary about an aboriginal tribe in Australia, was produced by Lennon and shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Julian Lennon has been an advocate for environmental and humanitarian issues for much of his life. In 2009 he founded The White Feather Foundation and is making a difference globally. The crux of the foundation is to raise funds for the betterment of life and to honor those who have made a true difference in this world. He’s passionate about providing clean water worldwide.

In an interview with David S. Levine (10/2/2013), Julian was quoted as saying:

“We all seem to forget that if we don’t take care of the world, we’re out of here. We’re done. The world is not an endless source of goodness and badness for us to screw around with. It’s far more complex than that.”

The White Feather Foundation

The story behind its name and the birth of Julian’s charity is one that will give you goose bumps.

Sometime during Julian’s childhood (I haven’t been able to pinpoint dates), John told him that if anything ever happened to him, he would let Julian know that he was okay by sending him a white feather.

When Julian was on tour promoting Photograph Smile in 1999, he received a call from the desk clerk at the hotel where he was staying in Australia. Julian was informed there was a group of people asking for him in the lobby. When he went downstairs, a tribe of aboriginal elders was there waiting for him. One stepped forward and presented him with a white feather. She asked him to help them because he has a voice. Julian saw this as a sign of his destiny and agreed to help.

His documentary WhaleDreamers, which is about a near-extinct aboriginal tribe, was released in 2006 and The White Feather Foundation was subsequently formed in 2009.

Since its inception, The White Feather Foundation has teamed with other organizations to provide clean water and sanitation to many areas of the world. But they can’t do it without your help. Check out the official website to see how you can contribute to his efforts.

You can also check out Julian’s personal website for other options. According to the insert on his Everything Changes CD, a portion of the royalties earned will go to The White Feather Foundation.

You'll Enjoy This Very Candid Interview

Conclusion

Despite growing up without his dad for pretty much of his life, and today having to live in the shadow of his famous father's legacy, Julian Lennon has found his way. His heart grieves for the world and he’s doing his part to bring awareness and healing.

Julian Lennon is a man of character and conviction. He is a man with a tender heart and a giving soul. He is a man with a sense of humor and is a lover of life.

He is a man I am proud to follow and support.

Is he the forgotten child? Not in my eyes nor the eyes of those whose lives he touches.

Mother Nature has opened her arms and called him to her bosom. He embraces his destiny and reaches out to those who are at the mercy of poor living conditions. He’s doing what he can to save lives.

He’s doing what he can to save the Earth.

Julian Lennon is larger than life. Imagine that!

Peace,

Bravewarrior




This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 02, 2019:

Devika, it's sad that John and Julian had such a strained relationship. They had reconnected just a few years before John was killed. I always resented what appeared to be John favoring Sean over Julian.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2019:

An interesting insight of Julian Lennon's life and of the distant relationship he had with John Lennon. I had no idea until ii read this hub.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 13, 2018:

Peg, I love the White Feather story, too. Julian's continuing John's legacy and hope for peace. He's actively doing his part to make this world a better place in which to live.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 13, 2018:

What a fascinating glimpse into the life of this talented musician, photographer, philanthropist. I loved the story about the White Feather. Learned a lot here about this "forgotten son."

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 05, 2016:

Thelma, I've been a Julian Lennon fan since he first appeared on stage. I think he was in his late teens or early twenties. Then he just kind of disappeared from the limelight. I think he prefers it that way. I recently asked the local radio station I listen to why don't don't play any of Julian's music (they play John Lennon all the time). Their response was that their listeners don't like his music. What the hey????

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 05, 2016:

Cyndi, the number 17 is very eerie, indeed. John actually had two sons, Julian being the first (and forgotten for too many years). Julian has carried on in his father's footsteps with wanting to make the world a better place. The only difference is, Julian's actually doing it. Perhaps John would have as well, had he not been taken from us.

Thanks for sharing. Julian Lennon is an amazing man.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 05, 2016:

I have asked myself a few years ago what happened to the son of John Lennon. I saw Julian in the TV ages ago when he was singing. Thanks for writing this awesome article. Now I know what happened to him. Kudos to this man.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 05, 2016:

So interesting! The number 17 there - their ages when all those events happened. I didn't even know Lennon had a son, much less that he's a musician/photographer among other things.

Thanks for compiling this. Must share. I love Lennons vision and desire to make the world a better place.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 02, 2016:

He really is a wonderful man, Audrey. He's got a heart and a vision. Thank you for sharing this story.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 30, 2016:

Sadly I knew very little about Julian Lennon. So nice to be able to learn more about him, his talent and contribution to our planet through White Feather. Thank you Sha and will share this.

Audrey

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 19, 2016:

Nell, John actually had two sons. Julian is the eldest, born to John and Cynthia (first wife). Then came Sean, whose mother is Yoko. I've always liked Julian. He looks just like John and his earlier music is much like his dad's. I'm sure John would be very proud of the man Julian's become. I know Cynthia was.

Nell Rose from England on April 19, 2016:

He is someone who I totally forgot about! how strange! I was aware that john had son, but didn't even think about what he was doing etc! this was fascinating!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 14, 2015:

Nadine, I'm glad I was able to introduce you to John's first born. He's an amazing talent and does so much for the world through his White Feather Foundation.

Thanks for the read!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on September 14, 2015:

What a great post on the son of John Lennon. I never knew about Julian Lennon. Yes I did like the Beetles but I grew up in Holland and posters on English rock stars were not on my bedroom wall.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2015:

Shyron, I love that Julian is taking action on behalf of our Earth as well. And thanks for thinking of sending this post to him. Good luck on that!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 27, 2015:

I love this Shauna, and I too love the man Julian has become. I love that he's concerned with environment and the health of our earth and is working to doing something about it. Also a Beetle fan.

Thank you for sharing this. If I find a way I will send Julian the link to this article.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 29, 2015:

Peachpurple, there's no doubt he's John's son. They look so much alike!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 29, 2015:

Julian looks similar to his dad very much, duplicate

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 26, 2015:

That it is, Deborah!

Deborah Morrison from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on January 26, 2015:

Yes, I have checked out Julian Lennon's White Feather Foundation - a great non-profit that helps enrich the lives of many people throughout the world.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 25, 2015:

Amen, Deborah! That's why I so respect Julian. He truly is his father's son when it comes to wanting peace in the world. However, he goes beyond and does what he can to make that ideal become reality.

It's wonderful to see a comment from someone who knows of his work and tremendous spirit. Too many people (according to the comments) didn't even know John had a son before Sean.

Thank you for your comment. Did you happen to go into the White Feather Foundation link?

Deborah Morrison from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on January 25, 2015:

Julian Lennon is a great inspiration, and does carry on his father's vision of a world with more PEACE. Julian is actively involved in philanthropic endeavours worlwide in order to bring this dream into reality. His music and photography are both unique and highly creative. Throughout the interviews and videos with Julian Lennon he shares open and honest insights into his personal life, and his emotions. Julian would like to leave a legacy of "being the as good as he can be". Julian has had a lot to overcome in life, and because he is John Lennon's son, Julian has had the struggle of creating his own unique identity. Along with his creative works, Julian is a great philanthropist and brings joy to many worldwide.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 19, 2014:

Phoenix, I'm envious. I don't think Julian has played in the Orlando area or I would have gone. What you say is so true; he sounds like John but is his own person. I have a huge amount of respect for him.

Thank you for stopping by!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on December 19, 2014:

I saw Julian Lennon in concert many years ago. At the time, I thought how much he sounded like John and yet was still his own person. It's good to hear how much he has accomplished during his life. Great hub.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 19, 2014:

Kim, that's awesome that you still have a turntable. I bought one a few years ago for my son and gave him all my albums. Fortunately, he still lives at home, so I can listen to them whenever I want.

I'm glad to find another Julian Lennon fan. I discovered via the comments left on this that too many people weren't even aware of his existence. Hopefully, more people now know. I think he's awesome.

இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on November 19, 2014:

I remember walking to the neighbourhood strip mall and buying “Valotte” with money I probably earned from chores. I still have it, although its at my parents. My dad still has a working turntable and we have a "vinyl night" a few times a year. Julian comes out on those nights. Thanks for taking me back, Shauna!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2014:

SheGetsCreative, I can't think of a more awesome human being in today's age. He overcame rejection and living in his father's shadow. Perhaps that's why he reaches out to the underprivileged and is destined to make a difference. I think very highly of Julian Lennon. I think that's apparent in this post. I'm glad you respect him. White Feather Foundation rocks!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on September 11, 2014:

Beautiful tribute - I always thought Julian was a talented man in his own right. Love the white feather story!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on September 03, 2014:

Linda, when I hear the name Julian I think of Julian Lennon, too. I was amazed at how many people who commented here didn't even know he exists. That's very sad. He's a wonderful artist and an outstanding human being.

Thanx for reading. This article is pretty dear to my heart. I love it when it gets traffic.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 02, 2014:

Anytime I hear the name Julian, I've automatically thought of Julian Lennon. Not sure why, but I do. He is two months older than me, I didn't know that...until now. I always root for the underdog. The top dog has enough people rooting for them. I've learned more about Julian than I ever knew. Bravo to this awesome tribute!!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 23, 2014:

Rolly, it did take quite a bit of research. I've always like Julian Lennon and wondered why we haven't heard anything from or about him of late. I wanted to bring him back into the forefront. His music is wonderful and so is his heart. Thanx for reading!

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on July 23, 2014:

Hi Bravewarrior... what an interesting and in depth article, thank you so much for writing it. I found it fascinating and surprising at the amount of research you must have done... very well done.

Hugs and Blessings

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 13, 2014:

Sherry, that's one reason Cynthia kept herself and Julian out of the limelight (aside from Brian Epstein's insistence). However, it really galls me that John favored Sean over Julian once Sean was born. It wasn't until a few years before John's assassination that he made an attempt to rekindle his relationship with Julian. It's so sad.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on June 13, 2014:

It is sad that John did not have a close relationship with his elder son. It would have been difficult for him not to be swept a way by the sudden and overwhelming popularity of the Beatles.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 03, 2014:

Nadine, Yoko was not liked by the other Beatles. I don't much care for her myself. Julian was sent into obscurity once she hit the scene. But he overcame and is his own beautiful person with a good heart that reaches out to the world.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 01, 2014:

Thank you for writing this hub about Julian Lennon. I never knew anything about the background of John Lennon and that he was married before Yoko came into his life. what a great post. voted up

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 29, 2014:

Jackie, Faith is much newer to the HP scene and to my choice of genre than this article. (Well, she kind of shows up here and there) I'm kinda scattered; I write about whatever trips my trigger.

I recently contacted my favorite local radio station and asked them why they don't play Julian's music. Their response was that their listeners don' t like his music. WTF???? He sounds a helluva lot more like his dad than Sean does. Sean sounds like Yoko whose singing is reminiscent of a mouse being caught in a trap. Squeeeeaaaal!

It really irritates me that Sean was in the limelight while Julian was pushed aside. I'd like to chalk it up to drugs and Yoko's manipulative manner. Apparently, John was pretty insecure and needed to follow rather than lead.

Fortunately, Julian is his own man.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 29, 2014:

Well now what rock has Faith been hiding under? haha

Loved this and the videos; he is a real talent and I have always been sad how his life was without his dad. I don't think many of us was a Yoko fan but just shook our heads and wondered at what possessed John about that! And naturally we all thought of Julian when John's next son was pushed in our faces; knowing how it must hurt.

Great article.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 13, 2014:

Rachael, Julian was the little boy that was left behind. It's so sad. He and John didn't rekindle their relationship until 2 years before he was killed. Julian's efforts today seem to lean more towards helping the downtrodden peoples of the world, although he still records. I don't know why my local radio station doesn't play his music. It certainly fits into their genre of soft rock and roll. Perhaps I'll make the suggestion on their FB page. I love Julian's music.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on May 12, 2014:

Hi bravewarrior,

This was a very interesting article. I learned a lot about Julian. I always thought of him as the little boy left behind because once John took up with Yoko, everyone else fell by the wayside so it seemed. I heard Julian sing when he wasn't quite out of his teens although I can't remember what show he was on, it might have been Regis & Kathi Lee. He is a remarkable talent, keenly resembling his father in more ways than one. When I heard him sing, I thought to myself that he had a good career ahead of him. I expected him to be much bigger by now because of name value/recognition (as many sons/daughters of stars do) and I'm surprised at that. He is very talented.You have showcased him well in this article. Voted up and shared.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 12, 2014:

Prasetio, now you know about this wonderful man. I hope you buy some of his music. He's pretty amazing.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 12, 2014:

Wow...great hub. I had never heard about him before. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 10, 2014:

Cfin, John actually had two sons. Julian is the first born and Sean came 12 years later. Yoko Ono is Sean's mother and he's the only son who we ever really heard about. Julian is the epitome of what the 60's stood for - at least now - he truly is a Flower Child. He had so much to overcome. He is strong in his beliefs and his mission. I am proud of him as a person and want the world to know this amazing man. I hope you spend some time learning more about him. He's awesome!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 10, 2014:

Nell, I'm so glad you stopped by. I have such a tender spot in my heart for Julian. He's doing wonderful things to help our planet and the people on it. He's amazing!

cfin from The World we live in on April 10, 2014:

I had no idea that John Lennon had a son and never really even thought of it before. Very interesting article.

Nell Rose from England on April 10, 2014:

That was fascinating! I hadn't thought of him in a long time so it was great to read about what he is doing, and that white feather story! you can't get better than that! spooky stuff! what a great hub! voted all the way! nell

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on April 04, 2014:

Thank you, Crafty. Julian Lennon has always had a soft spot in my heart.

CraftytotheCore on April 04, 2014:

What a very nice article and a nice tribute!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 15, 2014:

Eddy, it must be so difficult to walk in the shadows of an iconic parent. Julian has overcome and has made his own place in the world. What an inspiration!

You have a great weekend, too Eddy. I think I'll get some yard work done this weekend. It's beautiful here right now. No humidity, sunny and breezy.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 15, 2014:

What a wonderful hub Sha and oh yes how this talented musician in his own rights is certainly slightly forgotten. One drawback of being the son of such a giant star as John Lennon. Thank you so much for sharing this gem and here's to wishing you a great weekend.

Eddy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 09, 2014:

Sheila, taking us on a trek in the woods is what attracted me to your work. You brighten my day every time you post!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 09, 2014:

I can't believe you remember my post! You just brightened my day! Spring is almost here, I will have to do that once the things begin to bloom! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 09, 2014:

Sheila, how nice to see you. It's been a while! I'm glad you tripped on this article that is very close to my heart. When are you going to take us on another trip through your woods?

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 09, 2014:

This was so interesting! I never really was a huge Beatles fan, but still liked them and enjoyed most of their music. I enjoyed learning so many things about John and his family through this post, thank you! :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 04, 2014:

He's very talented, Mylinda. Thank you for stopping by!

mylindaelliott from Louisiana on March 03, 2014:

Great hub. I didn't know a lot about him. Julian Lennon is and sounds so talented.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 03, 2014:

Dianna, Julian is awesome. I felt so bad for him as a child. I'm glad he's risen above and is putting his own stamp on the world.

Thanks for reading. I hope my little article helps to boost awareness of the great man that he is and the wonderful things he's doing for our world.

Dianna Mendez on March 03, 2014:

This is the first I have heard of Julian Lennon. What a wonderful story. I am surprised we don't hear more about him from the media. He is very talented and represents what his father artistically.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 03, 2014:

Cris, I had Valotte too, in cassette form. After I did my research I ordered the CD and also his new one, "Everything Changes". It's awesome. I highly recommend it.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 03, 2014:

Awesome hub Sha! I always love Julian and I used to own his single album Valotte in the 80's. You are right on your title- "Julian Lennon: The Forgotten Son", indeed he was. Pity!

Thank you for reminding me about him. My friend whom I share the same passion for Julian will absolutely enjoy this hub. I will post his music now on my Jukebox Page.

Cheers!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 01, 2014:

Mom, I agree with you. I never liked Yoko. Her singing, if you can call it that, is irritating. Julian, on the other hand is awesome! I wonder why the radio stations don't play his music?

Barbara Cook on February 28, 2014:

Kudos to you if you could bring the Magnificence of Julian and his wonderful talent back to the fore. With your support and admiration for his background this could bring about another "Renaissance" man to our musical culture. We could surely use that. Very interesting article. I never got Yoko Ono. Her talent did nothing for me. Must have been just riding on John's coattails. I found her strident and screeching.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 28, 2014:

Deb, neither Julian nor Cynthia were there. Did you also notice that Yoko and Sean were way down the row from Paul and Ringo? I thought that was quite appropriate. Yoko never was really accepted by the other Beatles. I didn't accept her either.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 28, 2014:

Funny that you wrote this. I watched that Beatles special myself a few weeks ago and saw Yoko and Sean sitting in the audience and found myself wondering whatever became of Julian. Was he even there? Thanks for writing this and satisfying my curiosity.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 27, 2014:

Yeah, I don't get it either, Ghost.

Ghost32 on February 26, 2014:

Wow. If Epstein was best man at John & Cynthia's wedding, we probably don't know what the worst man at the wedding was like! What a--never mind.:)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

Jodah, judging from your profile you and I have more in common than you think. I'm fixing to follow you. You are into environmental issues and so am I. My blog is all about what we've done to Mother Earth. That's one discovery about Julian Lennon that made him even more dear to my heart than he already was.

He is an awesome man that had huge obstacles to overcome. And yet, he gives himself to the planet. He's walking his dad's talk!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 26, 2014:

Thank you so much for writing a hub about Julian Lennon. I was a huge fan of his earlier couple of songs that were quite big. I remember him coming to Australia and doing interviews. Then suddenly he seemed to drop off the radar. He had huge shoes to fill and it must have been difficult, but I am so glad he succeeded in his own way, with both music and photography. He does look and sound a lot like his father, and hoe the White Feather foundation came about is eerie. I can't wait to buy his most recent album. Loved the videos. You and I have things in common, because Ringo Starr used to be my favourite Beatle too, until later on when John took over....lol. This was a great read. Voted up.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

Pearl, you're not the first one to state they had forgotten - or didn't know about - Julian. Hopefully that is a thing of the past. He is awesome and always has been, in my opinion. His destiny is a good one. I hope to see him go far with his charity work. We can all help by purchasing his music and donating directly to The White Feather Foundation.

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on February 26, 2014:

To tell you the truth, I had forgotten all about Julian! I am so glad you researched and shared this awesome man's life and destiny. The white feather gave me chills, as I truly believe we can all receive help from those who have passed on, if only we 'listen'.

This is an awesome article, my friend ;) Pearl

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

DDE, hopefully Julian will no longer be the forgotten son. He's too kind to be left behind. Julian has a huge heart and is working to make the world a better place. How awesome is that?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

Ghost, what's ironic is Epstein was best man at John and Cynthia's wedding. Even more ironic is he is Julian's Godfather! That ought to keep your steam going for a bit!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

Epi, it was in the years that Julian disappeared from the limelight that he pursued photography, sculpting, film and even wrote a book. He is a man of many talents. Perhaps he developed those talents to offset his loneliness and search for acceptance. We all have ways of dealing with longing and grief. He shares his with the world. For that, I am thankful.

Thanx for sharing, Colin!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2014:

Vicki, that's what Julian has had to deal with all his life - that John was THE Lennon. I think John will always be remembered as a strong voice in the world. But Julian has gained his rightful place in the world as well. And yes, I'm a staunch follower. I believe in his causes and have always supported his struggles. He's strong and has made his way. I admire him for that.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 26, 2014:

Interesting and well approached. The forgotten son I did not know of and have learned so much from this hub.

Ghost32 on February 25, 2014:

Never having been much of a Beatles fan (though I do remember them from the Ed Sullivan show and a few other things), I barely paid attention when John Lennon was murdered, let alone the fact that (as you discuss here) he had a couple of sons. However, I, too, liked Ringo best--not as underdog, because I never saw him that way, but because I thought he was the coolest. Saw him a B grade movie set in a fictional prehistoric culture once, too; don't recall the name of it.

But I did have one gut reaction when reading your (extremely) well written Hub: I wanted to kick manager Epstein's tail clean up between his ears. Still do; I'm not done steaming yet.

epigramman on February 25, 2014:

A lovely tribute Shauna and one full of dignity and respect and of course your obvious love of music. I have always thought of Julian as the forgotten son after his dad left his mum back in the 60's and then found Yoko. Julian had some stardom in the 80's and then disappeared from the limelight and now ironically it is the other son who seems to be more prominent. Thank you for the update and where he is at now both in mind and in spirit - this is a world class presentation Shauna and it shows off your journalistic integrity and communication skills so I am proud to say I will post your awesome work on my wall at FB - sending warm wishes to you at Canada time 7:45pm

Vickiw on February 25, 2014:

Shauna, great Hub. I learned a lot from it, including the fact that you are a staunch follower of Julian. Funny, even in my mind today, I think of John as being THE Lennon! So guess poor Julian was overshadowed, but it is great that he has carved his own satisfaction in the world. Nice writing my friend.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2014:

Randy, I haven't seen you in a coon's age! So glad this post drew you in. Julian has a place in my heart and I want to share. He's awesome all by himself!

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on February 25, 2014:

Pleased to see someone giving Julian his due, Shauna. As a life-long Beatles fan, I'm happy to see Julian make his own mark on the world. Great article!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2014:

Maria, I agree with you about wife number one. I never really cared for Yoko. She was manipulative and really has no talent if you listen to her music and look at her art.

As Cynthia mentions, John was very much in need of someone to govern him. He was insecure. What's ironic is that he was demanding in his insecurity; the woman of choice had to be there regardless of the fact that he was a cheat and a womanizer. He could not live without a steadfast woman in his life.

What I didn't bring out in this article (because it's about Julian, not John) is John was also violent. He stuck Cynthia more than once, even before they married.

I have the utmost respect for Cynthia. She held credence in the vows of marriage. Yoko, on the other hand was not respective of those vows, but held a chain over John's neck: Yeah, I'm tired of you. Go be with May, but when I beckon, you will come running.

Julian had a lot to deal with in his life. He had a lot to overcome. His mother was his strength. Yes, Julian is John's son, but Cynthia is Julian's strength. She is the force that led this phenomenal man to carry on and be a much needed force in today's world.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on February 25, 2014:

Listening to the radio and being reminded of George Harrison's Birthday triggered my noggen that I wanted to see these videos and I am so happy I came back, dear Sha. Actually, George was my all time favorite and John came in at #2...

I must say I prefer wife #1...what a class act. I did not realize the role that art has played in the lives of John, Cynthia and now Julian.

Also, as you had already shared with me, the coincidence of the 17th year is mind boggling. I am incredulous that Julian is 50...he seems eternally young (what am I saying, 50 'is' young...LOL)

I know that when I get this CD...it will be committed to memory...every time I listen to a Youtube, I am simply blown away. Next week is Spring Break for me (whether the snow knows it or not) and this purchase is on my to-do list...again, my friend, you have done a superb job with this article!

Love, Maria

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2014:

Ann, thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Julian does indeed look and sound like his dad. He also seems to be carrying forth John's vision for the world. At the same time, he's doing so as his own person. I can only imagine how hard it must be to struggle for your own identity when being the son (or daughter) of such an iconic figure.

I would love for this hub to be instrumental in helping Julian's efforts. He's an amazing man!

Ann Carr from SW England on February 25, 2014:

This is a great article, very informative.

My favourite Beatle was George; he was quieter with a quirky smile and was the overlooked composer.

I knew that Julian existed but was astounded when I first heard his voice, so much like his father's. John's voice was so distinctive but Julian has it too.

I love the story of the white feather and there are is much of great interest here. I didn't realise he did so much charity work.

Good to hear about the lesser known people who 'grew' from the Beatles and great that he is a character in his own right now, despite being kept 'under the radar'. Superb hub! Ann

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Thank you, DJ. This actually did become very personal for me. When I was young I was pissed and hurt that Sean was made public by John and Yoko, while many people didn't know John had a first born son. My heart bled for Julian. I felt a connection with Julian when he released his first album and still feel that connection. Even more so now. I have subscribed to his site; I want to keep in touch with what he's doing in this world.

DJ Anderson on February 24, 2014:

Sha, this is an outstanding article giving great historical information.

You stepped inside their world and seemed to gain insight in a personal

biographical write.

Congratulations on a job well done!

DJ.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Wow, chuckd! Talk about kismet, karma and happenstance! That's amazing.

Charles Dawson from Bartow, FL on February 24, 2014:

It's ironically funny that I was listening to "Valotte" on my phone when I got the email from HubPages with this hub suggested.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Awesome, Victoria! I hope I've sparked your interest enough to follow him and add some of his music to your library. I love Julian's mindset.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 24, 2014:

I didn't even know this guy existed. You did a wonderful job writing a very informative article about this guy. I've learned something new today.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Flourish, my first thought after watching the anniversary celebration was, "where is Julian these days?". Needless to say, I was thrilled by what I discovered.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 24, 2014:

I always wondered what happened to him. Thanks for this well-written update. I'm glad he's working to improve the world.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Me, too Faith. The world needs more men like Julian Lennon.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Martie, I love his songs too. His songs still speak of yearning and seeking but now it's not just for his own identity, but that of the world's too. He's an awesome human being. His dad would be proud. I know his mom is!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 24, 2014:

I remember my husband, who is one of the biggest Beatles fans around, telling me a very long time ago about John's other son, Julian, now. I am glad he made a name for himself despite everything else!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on February 24, 2014:

Shauna, this is a superb article about Julian Lennon. I take my hat off for him. Achieving the success he had managed to achieve in spite of being in the shaddow of so many others, takes guts and a strong character. I love his songs. Voted up and remarkable :)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Faith, Julian will be 51 this April. Sean was born the year I graduated high school: 1975.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 24, 2014:

Oh ...no wonder he looked so much younger!!! I am sorry I am confused and now I understand why he looked so much older in these photos ...because he is! Great article!!! Thanks for setting me straight and I guess he was forgotten : ( Have a great day.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Bill, Julian was forced to fly under the radar when his dad was alive. Now he has to deal with being John Lennon's son. I can imagine how hard it must be to always be compared to such a monumental figure such as John Lennon. I've always had a soft spot for Julian. Now even more so.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 24, 2014:

Randi, I've always liked Julian. The more research I did the more I fell in love with who he's become. I absolutely love the fact that he started The White Feather Foundation. He is amazing, indeed!