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Obituary: Johnny Guitar

"THIS NAME isn't getting us very far," Alan Caldwell said to his Raving Texans one night in 1959. "We'll call ourselves the Hurricanes and change our own names. I'll be Rory Storm, Johnny Byrne can be Johnny Guitar and Ritchie Starkey can be Ringo Starr." And so, with Lu Walters ("Wally") and Ty Brian (also pseudonyms), Rory Storm and the Hurricanes became the most popular band on Merseyside. That is, until the Beatles came along.

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.

Music Lyric Sheets: Everything I know about Layla

Eric Clapton is to auction 100 of his guitars to raise money for Crossroads, the treatment centre for drug addicts which he founded in Antigua last year. Among the guitars is "Brownie", the Stratocaster on which he played his 1972 hit "Layla".

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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.

Pop: High revs, poor handling

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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.

Music: Lyric Sheets: Long Lost Lennons

One of the great Beatles mysteries has been solved. The half-sister John Lennon searched for but never found has surfaced in Hampshire. Can new discoveries be far behind?

Pop: Ringo starr

The now bearded and bespectacled Ringo (right) will be running through his solo hits, Beatles favourites and material from his new Vertical Man album at this one-off show. He's joined by such rock'n'roll luminaries as bass-player Jack Bruce and guitarist Peter Frampton who, along with Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) and Mark Rivera (Billy Joel's band) make up the All-Starrs.

Apple fails to account for itself

APPLE Corps, the private limited company which receives royalties from the Beatles' music and films, has fallen foul of Companies House for not filing its accounts on time.

Beatles win historic ban on bootleg CD

IT WAS the "crummiest" recording ever to be associated with The Beatles. It brought the reclusive George Harrison into a courtroom in high dudgeon. And it resulted yesterday in a landmark victory for musicians.

Harrison tells court of Beatles `junk'

THE High Court was warned yesterday against "experts who wallow in Beatle trivia." It was "junk" said the man giving evidence - former Beatle George Harrison.

Beatles come together for `bootlegging' battle

FORMER members of the Beatles and Yoko Ono began a legal action yesterday to try to recover an amateur recording of them playing in Hamburg 36 years ago.

TV: The parents bicker and snipe during access visits, use their children as spies and catspaws, or even snub them with a playground brutality

Divorce is usually represented as a crashing disruption of family ties but, as Children of Divorce (BBC2) has been demonstrating, it also involves strange inversions too - leaving some relationships intact but upended. "You're supposed to be my mother and I have to look after you," one girl recalled thinking angrily, as she consoled her weeping mother. There are worse obligations too, ones which wrench against the grain of a child's natural instincts for solidarity or consolation.

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