Why McCartney can never really sing at the Beatles' hallowed Cavern again

TONIGHT, FOR the first time since 3 August 1963, Sir Paul McCartney will sing in the cramped, sweaty Liverpool cellar which will be forever known as the Cavern - the stage which gave birth to the brightest band in the rock firmament.

Man called John Lennon is first in queue for tickets to see McCartney at Cavern

FANS OF Sir Paul McCartney endured a hard day's night for the chance to see their hero turn back the clock at the Cavern Club - and the first person in the queue yesterday was one John Lennon.


He has cheated death countless times and brushed off charges of racism, Fascism and misogyny. But this time Tintin, the quiffed boy reporter of cartoon fame, is in a stickier predicament than ever before. According to a controversial new book, the comic-strip character - who is 70 this year - is being suffocated by stifling modern- day management as the costs of his merchandised products have risen and sales of his books have slumped by half from a peak of three million copies a year in 1992. And - blistering barnacles! - the villain of the story is a Brit.

Columns: Imagine there's ... nothing

OK. OK, how about this one, Life With Billy, OK?, see, Billy's this lovable mutt, a terrier, and he lives with these, um, goofy people, right?, they think they're his owners, but Billy, see, Billy knows it's the other way round and ... No, hear me out, what we get is this sort of concept where Fliss - that's the woman character, a cross between the Breatharian one, come on, you know, looks like a twig in a hoar-frost, Ally McBeal, right, and the other one, the annoying one there's a new book out about. Bridget Thing. Exactly. Um. Yes. Yes! So Billy, see, offers this mordant commentary on Fliss and her chap. Billy, you see, he's the narrator of their...

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You ask the questions: (Such as: Cynthia Lennon, if you could ask Yoko Ono one question about John Lennon, what would it be?

Cynthia Lennon, 59, from Hoylake in the Wirral, is an artist and the first wife of John Lennon. She met John in 1957, when they were students at the Liverpool College of Art. They married in 1962 and had one son, Julian, now a singer. They divorced in 1968, when John left her for Yoko Ono. In 1995, Cynthia enjoyed a fleeting taste of pop stardom, releasing a cover version of "Those Were the Days". She has been a regular on the Beatles convention circuit, but recently announced her intention to retire. Cynthia currently has an exhibition of drawings and paintings at Portobello Road's KDK Gallery. She lives in Normandy.

Obituaries: Brian O'Hara

THE FOURMOST were the clown princes of Merseybeat. They had a distinctive name and six Top Forty hits, and yet their potential was unfulfilled. Maybe with the right management - and they were managed by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein - they could have had lasting success. "It went wrong for the Fourmost," recalls Bill J. Harry, the editor of Mersey Beat newspaper. "They were as talented as the Barron Knights, who are still going to this day. The Fourmost could have been so much bigger."

Music: God is in the Details No 8: (SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY OTIS REDDING, 1967


Words: amputee, n.

PAUL MCCARTNEY'S "Yesterday" has been much recorded, but a version that receives little airplay in our politically correct era is an off- the-cuff 1974 one by John Lennon: "Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be / 'Cos now I'm an amputee."

Lyric Sheets; The Beatles' Last Single

The Beatles are to release their last song ever. The song was lost during the `Yellow Submarine' sessions at Abbey Road in 1968. As yet untitled and featuring John Lennon on vocals, it will go on sale this autumn un-remixed and in its original form

Education Letter: The sixth Beatle

Your Views

Words: Chrestomathy, n.

THE JOHN Lennon box, blandly titled Anthology, merited a pun upon chrestomathy. Greek for useful learning, it is less random. The last OED instance is 1883, but new, wide currency came in 1949 with The Mencken Chrestomathy. Mencken, Alistair Cooke's hero, ignored the word's recent nuance, an aid to the acquiring of a language; nor was he deterred by

Words: Osculation, n.

"YOU MUST must remember zis, / A kiss is just a kiss, / A fly is just a fly," doodles John Lennon on Anthology. His penchant for pun and wordplay makes one wonder what he could have done with osculation in popular song. From the Latin for kiss, it might sound technical - passion enacted upon a microscope slide - and there are indeed zoological usages.

From the erotic to domestic, John Lennon's private sketches finally find an audience

INTIMATE - and on occasion too intimate - artworks by some of the best known musicians of the century went on show at a gallery yesterday. The exhibition included seven erotic lithographs by John Lennon.
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