Nature or nurture? Whichever way you look at it, parents influence their offspring in many ways – and this can be especially true of musicians. There are countless examples of musical Dads passing their talents on to their sons and daughters, so here are a few stories we’ve collected about musician fathers and their famous children. It’s a family affair…
John, Julian and Sean Lennon
Being a father often inspired Beatles songwriter John Lennon. His first son, Julian, drew the picture that prompted him to write Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, while his second son, Sean, was name-checked in the singer’s touching ode to fatherhood, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy). After John’s death in 1980, his children followed in his footsteps, with Julian emerging as a solo artist in 1984 and scoring a UK and US Top 10 hit with Too Late For Goodbyes. A little over a decade later, Sean also embarked on a musical career, releasing a pair of experimental solo albums before going on to form the psychedelic rock outfit The Lennon Claypool Delirium with Primus bassist Les Claypool.
Must hear: Too Late For Goodbyes