Sean & Julian Lennon
Rock singers Julian Lennon
and Sean Lennon
are half-brothers and the sons of late legendary musician John Lennon
. Julian was the child of Lennon's first wife, Christie, and was born just as The Beatles were taking off in popularity. As a result, John was absent most of his first son's childhood. When John left Christie for Yoko Ono
in 1968, Paul McCartney wrote the song "Hey Jude" to comfort Julian. John immediately began treating Yoko, an established performance artist, as a co-creator, sharing room with her on his albums. When Sean was born to Yoko in 1975, John doted on his second son, staying home to help raise him, a fact that hurt Julian still further. Julian broke into the charts with 1985's #5 "Too Late for Goodbyes," a good-natured homage to his father, who was portrayed by an actor in the song's video. Julian had four Top 40 hits in America and three in the UK before throwing in the towel in 1998, the same year that his half-brother released his first album. Sean has released six albums to date, but never managed a hit single. He's also done some acting. He and Julian have become close, with Sean readily admitting that Julian has the better singing voice.