John Lennon prototype character jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, in 1971. John Winston Lennon (1940 - 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as founder, co-songwriter, co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. Lennon's work was characterized by the rebellious nature and acerbic wit of his music, writing and drawings, on film, and in interviews. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. Following a five-year hiatus, Lennon returned to music in 1980 with the album Double Fantasy. He was murdered by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release. This jug was commissioned by Alan Harrington Collectables and depicts Lennon from 1969. A keyboard and peace sign form the handle.