Original air date Sept 28, 2013 | Time 56:00
Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's First Wife
We celebrate John Lennon's birthday with excerpts from the 2005 book by Cynthia Lennon, his first love and wife during the years he was with the Beatles. We listen to early Beatles "Ain't She Sweet", "She Loves You", "You Can't Do That". One of John's early influences was Lonnie Donegan and we hear him sing a Leadbelly song Take This Hammer". From a rehearsal in 1960 in Paul McCartney's bedroom we hear the Quarrymen do four songs with John singing lead "When Your Heartaches Begin", "Hello Little Girl", "That'll Be the Day" and "I'll Always Be in Love With You". Finally we hear the Beatles with John's song to his mother "Julia".