Kept firmly out of the spotlight from birth, Julian Lennon emerged not only as the firstborn child of music legend John Lennon, but a talented singer who made his own mark in music and the art world. Born to one of the most beloved and musically gifted men in music, Lennon inspired the classic Beatles tunes "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (1965) and "Hey Jude" (1968), as well as the song "Ya Ya," Lennon's only collaboration with his father. Yet his early years were also marked by his parents' divorce, his father abandoning him to raise a new family with Yoko Ono, and a bittersweet reconciliation shortly before his father's assassination in 1980. As if to put together pieces of a puzzle his father left behind, Lennon became an avid collector of Beatles memorabilia while laying the foundation for his own musical career. He released his first and most successful album Valotte in 1984, eerily reminiscent of his late father's introspective songwriting sensibilities and his singing style. He also endured a long legal battle with his stepmother to receive a portion of his father's estate. Even though Lennon's music career petered out earlier than many expected it to, it was often speculated he would join the remaining members of The Beatles as the perfect replacement for his father. While such a reunion never happened, Lennon continued to make music, expanded his artistic repertoire to include photography, while his storied life endeared him to millions all over the world.