Celebrity Watch the Beatles' Best Live Performances on What Would've Been John Lennon's 77th Birthday By Isabel Jones Isabel Jones Instagram Twitter Isabel is an Oregon-born and Brooklyn-based writer and editor with a special interest in pop culture. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on October 9, 2017 @ 08:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Central Press/Getty Images Nearly 37 years ago, the world was robbed of one of its most influential musicians, the incomparable John Lennon. Today, on what would have been his 77th birthday, we look back on his peacemaking legacy and the imprint he left on popular culture. Lennon is perhaps best known as the founding member of Liverpool pop group The Beatles. The band’s astounding popularity propelled Lennon and his fellow Beatles into the watchful public eye when they were in their early twenties, leading to nearly a decade of No. 1 hits like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Eleanor Rigby.” In 1969, Lennon married artist Yoko Ono and progressively changed his name to John Ono Lennon. After The Beatles’s 1970 breakup, Lennon proved himself a talented solo artist with the release of Imagine the following year. Despite the success of Lennon’s solo career, his legacy is foremost as a Beatle. In honor of Lennon’s impressive and colorful life, here’s a look back at the group’s greatest performances. 20 Stunning Vintage Photos of the Best Dressed Stars at the Cannes Film Festival The Ed Sullivan Show — February 9, 1964 This milestone event marked the Beatles' so-termed "Invasion" of U.S. airwaves. Their first live performance in America, the broadcast attracted an unheard of 73 million viewers. Shea Stadium — August 15, 1965 Playing for a crowd of over 55,000, the group kicked off their Shea Stadium concert with a rendition of "Twist and Shout." London Rooftop Performance — January 30, 1969 The Beatles' powerful rooftop set marked their final performance as a collective. David Frost’s Frost On Sunday — September 8, 1968 In this intimate performance, "Hey Jude" was shared with television audiences for the first time. Royal Variety Performance — November 4, 1963 The Beatles performed for the Queen, asking wealthy members of the audience to "rattle [their] jewelry" in lieu of applause.