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John's mother, Julia Stanley, was one of five sisters, along with Anne, Betty, Harriet, and Mimi all born in Liverpool. Stubborn and headstrong, Julia gave her parents an uphill battle when they disapproved of the hotel bellboy, Alfred Lennon she started seeing at the age of 14.

Then Alfred became a ship's steward, and his life and relationship with Julia survived long absences at sea and the war that followed. In 1938 they secretly married in a register's office because Julia's family still didn't accept him. Then Julia fell pregnant with John.

However, Alfred then sailed out of the picture entirely, and so Julia went back to live in her childhood home under her disapproving father's roof, but it didn't stop the string of romances that followed.

Julia then fell pregnant by a passing Welsh soldier. She gave the little girl up for adoption and then started dating "Bobby" Dykins whom she met while waitressing. During this time, 5-year-old John was being looked after Julia's sister, Mimi, as she basically moved out and into Dykins' arms.

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Paul McCartney revealed in a recent interview with British GQ that he hadn't returned to his childhood home in Liverpool until James Corden convinced him to for a "Carpool Karaoke" segment.

The former Beatle appeared on a 2018 episode of Corden's "The Late Late Show," and told GQ that filming with Corden in his former hometown, where he lived for the first 20 years of his life, was "really great."

"I'd never been inside my old house. I hadn't been back since I left it," McCartney explained, adding, "James suggested doing it."

"I was always a little apprehensive about going back. I didn't know if it was going to be nice or whether I would get bad memories or whatever, although I don't really know what I was worried about," the musician continued.

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John Lennon’s aunt recalls buying him his first guitar in 1981

John Lennon could be pretty candid when it came to Beatles tracks he didn’t like. But the late star was also very honest about his favourites. During an interview with Playboy in 1980, Lennon revealed which of George Harrison’s tracks he was particularly fond of.

Spotted by Far Out Magazine, Lennon saw Harrison’s Within You Without You as one of his favourite Beatles songs.

On the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band track, the late Beatle said: “One of George’s best songs.

“One of my favourites of his, too. He’s clear on that song.

“His mind and his music are clear.”

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Paul McCartney recently got candid about The Beatles' split in an interview with British GQ.

The 78-year-old music legend said the fallout was "pretty hurtful," largely thanks to his decision to sue the band.

"Well, as you can imagine, that was horrendous and it gave me some terrible times," he said. "I drank way too much and did too much of everything."

In 1970, after the four Beatles went their separate ways, McCartney filed a lawsuit to dissolve the band's contracts with its publishing company, Apple Corps, and notorious manager, Allen Klein. McCartney told GQ that his distrust of Klein was the catalyst, twice calling him a "f---ing idiot."

According to McCartney, Klein would have owned the band's music if not for the lawsuit.




Hail, Macca. Sir Paul McCartney is not only GQ’s September cover star, nor – discounting a couple of brash pretenders – merely the king of rock'n'roll, but ultimately the godfather of modern British music. A perennial presence for nigh-on 60 years, McCartney’s output is astounding: 12 Beatles albums, seven with Wings and 17 more solo, plus countless other credits on original songs performed and covered by artists around the world. He’s one half of the most famous musical writing pair ever and has collaborated with everyone from U2 to Nirvana to Kanye West. To put it bluntly, he’s produced a lot of very good music in his life.

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Back in 1971, the beloved music icon Sir Paul McCartney formed the band, Wings, following the break-up of the Beatles in 1970. So today, let's take a walk down memory lane as we examine one of Macca's No.1 hits, 'Silly Love Songs'. Forty-four years ago, back in 1976, McCartney and his musical project, Wings, wrote a self-aware rebuttal to his critics regarding McCartney’s penchant for writing love songs. The resulting hit ‘Silly Love Songs’ was a clap back at the singer's naysayers, including John Lennon, who had once slammed his former bandmate in an interview, saying that all Macca ever wrote anymore were silly love songs. McCartney promptly responded with this gem and went on to top the chart with his 27th overall No.1 hit. So let's revisit Sir Paul McCartney at his groovy, goofy and sentimental best. You can check the light-hearted music video out here below, which also serves as a charming tribute to Linda McCartney, the rockstar's wife.

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John Lennon and his bandmates started one of the most important bands in history: the Beatles. Sir Paul McCartney and John were the main writers, while George Harrison and Sir Ringo Starr also contributed in many ways. The group split in 1970 but at one point, a reunion may have been on the cards for the band.

Beatles fans are, even to this day, debating whether a Beatles reunion could have happened before John Lennon’s death in 1980.

John was shot outside his home in New York on December 8, 1980, though his legacy in his work with the Beatles has lasted.

However, fans have often wondered whether the band may have got back together at some point, and one fan on a Quora forum has even suggested John wrote a song, signalling his return.

The song (Just Like) Starting Over, released by John on his final album Double Fantasy, speaks of a relationship blossoming and starting again.

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Residents of Southern Illinois, especially those of the original Beatles-loving Baby Boomer generation, are well aware of the fact that George Harrison visited Benton in September of 1963. The first Beatle to come to America, George traveled across the pond to visit his sister Louise, who had recently purchased a home at 113 McCann St. in Benton with her husband, Gordon Caldwell, who had found work as a mining engineer in Franklin County.

Louise, the eldest of the Harrison children — George being the youngest — promoted her brother’s band on the radio waves of Southern Illinois and to anyone who would listen on the street. When George visited just four months before the Beatles’ big debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, he and the Beatles were still unknown in the United States and he was able to enjoy a carefree excursion in the region, playing on stage with a local band, purchasing a Rickenbacker guitar in Mount Vernon, visiting Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, and hitting up the local root beer stand and drive-in movie theater. In 2017, a mural was even constructed near the Benton exit on Interstate 57 commemorating George’s visit in early fall of 1963.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney had an incredible writing partnership during The Beatles years. But did you know they once finishing writing and recording one of their many No 1 hits in just a single day? The track in question is The Ballad of John and Yoko.

According to Far Out Magazine, Lennon and McCartney managed the feat while George Harrison and Ringo Starr were away.

John said in 1969: “It doesn’t mean anything.

“It just so happened that there were only two of us there.

“George was abroad and Ringo was on the film and he couldn’t come that night.”




The co-lead vocalist and bassist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney has made the last call to his fans to take part in the ‘Great Day Fan Video‘ project which will premier in McCartney’s YouTube channel.

Paul McCartney has announced the chance to star in a special video to his followers on  Twitter. He asked his fans to submit a video of themselves having fun with the people they love. The videos, which fans show that they are having a great day, will be collected and edited for a fan video.

On the announcement made for the project on McCartney’s website, it was stated that they expect his fans to share their favorite moments at home from the past couple of months. The videos may range from water fights in the garden to lockdown crafts with the kids. There is no limit to the content.

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