BBC: John Lennon’s Ex-Wife Cynthia Lennon Dies

The first wife of The Beatles’ John Lennon, Cynthia Lennon, recently died at her home in Spain, her family has announced.

Cynthia and John Lennon

A message on her son Julian’s website said she died “following a short but brave battle with cancer.”  It also said: “Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers.”

Cynthia Lennon was born in Blackpool, England on September 10th, 1939.  She was 75.

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McCartney: Studying The Beatles Ridiculous

Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney thinks university courses on The Beatles are ‘ridiculous’.

The rock star and John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr made history in the 1960s with the release of their music.

“For me it’s ridiculous, and yet very flattering. Ridiculous because we never studied anything, we just loved our popular music: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, etc.,” Paul explained on his website in a blog post entitled, Impossible Fans Q&A – Extra Questions #3.

The Hall of Famer thinks amazing music comes about organically.

Sir Paul co-founded an arts school called the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) in 1996.

In reference to the education the students receive, he says, “Give them as much info as we can. But you can’t tell them how to become a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon because, you know, nobody knows how that happens.”