29 September 2009

Will the real Lucy please stand up

Julian Lennon came home from school one day with a drawing that inspired his father to write the song Lucy in the sky with diamonds, but there seems to be some confusion about which Lucy inspired the original drawing. BBC NEWS | Beatles song 'inspiration' dies:
The woman who was said to have inspired the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds has died at the age of 46 of the immune system disease Lupus.

It was rumoured the song featured on the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was about the drug LSD.

But Lennon insisted it was inspired by a drawing by his son Julian of Lucy, a classmate while they were at a nursery in Weybridge, Surrey in 1966.

But then there's this Lucy Richardson (I) - Biography:
She was a few years older than Julian Lennon when he enrolled at the private Heath House School, in Weybridge, Surrey. However, because John Lennon and the other Beatles used to visit the Richardson family's antique and jewellery shop, she knew Julian. So when he became homesick and unsettled she would be called out of class to sit with him while he drew pictures. One of those pictures was of Lucy. One day John Lennon came into the shop and said, 'Hello, Lucy in the sky with diamonds', but they thought it was just John being John. However, when a song with that same name appeared on 1967's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the family began to wonder.

How many more claimants are there? Will the real Lucy please stand up.


James Higham said...

I thought that Lucy was a chemical on a piece of blotter paper.

Real estate Toronto said...

Hi, since now I believed in the urban legend about LSD. The real story is really sweet. It is sad when someone so young die. Elli


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