Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The passing of Lucy O'Donnell

I wonder how many of you, especially the local Beatles fan, still remember that psychedelic album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band? The cover design was an art of the period and whoever possesses that album, hang on to it for it may be worth a fortune in the years to come. Quite frankly, they don't make album cover designs like that anymore.

One of the tracks in the album is "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" which has remained very popular till today. Because of the initials, "LSD", the conservatives said it was drug related song. Others said it represented "pound, shilling and pence" due to the devaluation of the sterling currency during that period. Whatever the case maybe, sad to say the person who inspired The Beatles to write the song has passed away. Her name was Lucy O'Donnell.

Beatles' 'Lucy in the sky' dies aged 46
The woman who inspired The Beatles' legendary song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds has died aged 46 from an autoimmune disease, the charity that supported her announced on Monday.
Lucy O'Donnell was at school with John Lennon's son, Julian, when she was three and it was his picture of her in 1966 that inspired the classic song.
According to various biographies of The Beatles and O'Donnell herself, the young Julian took the picture home to his father and explained: "It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds."
The song, which featured on the Fab Four's 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, caused huge controversy at the time because of its psychedelic theme and supposed reference to the drug LSD though its initials, a charge always denied as pure coincidence by the songwriter Lennon.
Julian Lennon and O'Donnell - who became Lucy Vodden after her marriage - resumed their friendship in recent months after she became ill with lupus, the disease of the immune system that led to her death last Tuesday.
"Everyone at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit was dreadfully shocked by the death of Lucy," said Angie Davidson, campaign director of the St Thomas Lupus Trust that helped Vodden during her illness.
"She was a great supporter of ours and a real fighter. It's so sad that she has finally lost the battle she fought so bravely for so long."
The trust added that Lennon and his mother Cynthia were "shocked and saddened".

Footnote: If you have The Beatles white album, hold on to that too.

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