paul & john: film vs. real life
"This was taken by Mum or Dad. What I remember best of this time are the cozzies [bathing costumes]. They were made of wool, and as you went through the water they became heavier and heavier until they’d start slipping down and eventually the bloody things came off.
We were typical brothers, always fighting (and we still are). Paul was bigger and stronger than me at first, and when he started to put on some puppy fat, the only way I could get back at him was by calling him ‘Fattie.’”
- Mike McCartney
Dangerously ill from the eve of his seventh birthday, Richy in Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital a happy shot that belies a bleak and tedious yearlong recovery from peritonitis. Three times doctors predicted he wouldn’t last the night.
From the book The Beatles All These Years Tune In Vol. 1 by Mark Lewisohn, Page 218
He proved them wrong
“His Liverpool College of Art roommate, Rod Murray, recalled how Stuart had occasional severe headaches while enrolled at school. ‘Stuart fell over from time to time. We thought he just has a bad sense of balance’”.——biographer Bob Spitz: The Beatles
This quote, if accurate, is important: it reveals that Stuart had health problems before Hamburg’s long nights, alcohol, overwork and pills.
Happy Birthday, George!
Julian Lennon with John’s Uncle Charlie (Alfred’s Brother)
Also found this cute story that Charlie Lennon told about young John:"It was a Saturday morning in Liverpool in 1945. Four-year-old John Lennon stood in Penny Lane, gazing longingly at the toys in a sweetshop window while he and his Uncle Charlie, home on furlough from wartime service, waited for John’s mother to return from an errand in a nearby fish shop.
"We’re lookin’ in the window, and John’s pointin’ at this tin bus in the window," recalls Charlie, now a robust 79. "I said to him, ‘You want that?’ So we go in and I buy it for him, don’t I? I asked, ‘How much for the bus?’ They said, "Well, the bus is two pounds fifty, and the Donald Duck…’ I said, ‘What Donald Duck?’ They said, ‘The one he’s walking out with.’ John was walking out the door with a Donald Duck on wheels, pulling it with a piece of string. Mind you, he’d broken it before he got home!
"When I was invited to John’s home [in 1967], his dad said to me, ‘What are you going to say to John when you see him? You haven’t seen him since the Newcastle Road days.’ I said, ‘I’ll ask him for me bus back!" He’d still got the bus-it was up in the music room when I last saw it."
At the Cavern
This sexy thing right here is a recording of a rehearsal made by Paul and John at Paul’s house in 1960. (That’s why its really shitty quality and I’m missing a lot of words :/)
Paul - P, John - J
P- Well oh Johnny, oh Johnny, oh god Johnny boy
How are we gonna tell him
Why don’t we go somewhere where he don’t own me
Where can i go?
Oh Johnny boy you wore me out.
Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, oh Johnny boy
Oh Johnny, you got me, you be my boy
Well, a long time ago, I called you Johnny boy.
J- Hey little boy, I’m packing my shoes, and I’m leaving you.
I told my Mama I’m going to see my sister
She don’t see me, I don’t know what I’m going to do.
P- A long time ago I called you Johnny boy.
I don’t know what to tell the fellas.
Please, oh please, Johnny.
J- Well I’ll tell the fellas that I do love you.
P- I don’t know what I’m gonna do.
I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I tell my father
You love me Johnny, I love you Johnny
I’m not gonna let you go.
P- I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I tell my father
You wore me down, you wore me down.
You’re gonna leave, you’re gonna leave me
Please, oh, I’m not gonna let you go
J- Take the next bus out of town
Then you won’t let your father down.
I don’t know what good I am since I see life in front of us.
P- Well get out of town,
don’t hold me down.
I don’t care.
J- Get out of town,
I don’t know (3x)
I want to leave right now
To get out of town.
P- You know I want to do it all.
I want to go far away, far away,
I want to go far away.
J- No, no, no, no
P- Yeah, I’m going far away.
Yeah, we’re going far away.
We’re gonna leave.
J- We’re going away,
Yeah, we’re going away,
Gonna leave town right now.
And my friends, if that isn’t McLennon, i don’t know what is.
jfc these boys
Paul at The Cavern: color edit
this would be your view
”John Lennon and Paul McCartney pose on the streets of Liverpool before fame and moptop hairstyles take hold”
John Lennon and his cousin Stanley Parkes outside his Aunt Mimi’s house (“Mendips”) circa 1948.