John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono used to accuse Lennon of being "a closet fag" because when they started living together, he used to say, "You know why I like you? Because you look like a bloke in drag." They were, by some way, the oddest couple in rock history - he the no-nonsense working-class Merseyside hero, she the well-bred, Japanese-American avant-garde artist, seven years his senior. They met in 1966 at the Indica Gallery, London, where Lennon was attending a preview of Yoko's exhibition. She sent him innumerable postcards in the next 18 months and in 1968, after visiting India, Lennon invited her to his home while his wife Cynthia was away in Greece. Cynthia returned to find the couple in bed together drinking tea. "Oh, hi," John reportedly said.
He and Yoko lived a strange life of eccentric musical collaboration, hard drugs, crackpot diets and bizarre public events such as the Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal or the Bag-In in Vienna. They memorialised themselves in "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and, though temporarily estranged in the mid-1970s, were reconciled for five years of calm domesticity before he was murdered in 1980. He used to call her "Mother".