Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of Beatle John Lennon and the mother of singer/ songwriter Julian Lennon, has passed away of cancer according to Julian’s website. The report was confirmed by the BBC. At the insistence of Beatles manager the late Brian Epstein, both Cynthia Lennon and Ringo Starr‘s first wife, Maureen, purposely were all but invisible and unmentionable from the earliest days of the band’s Liverpool days up through the heights of worldwide Beatlemania popularity and media exploitation.
(Beatles 1965 l-r George Harrison,Paul McCartney,Ringo Starr & wife Maureen, Cynthia Lennon & husband John)
Cynthia Lennon gave birth to their son Julian and stayed at home in England raising him while John Lennon immersed himself in the Beatles’ unparalleled worldwide success. Cynthia divorced John in 1968 when his affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono was revealed.
( Julian Lennon hugs his mother, Cynthia )
During a stop with me In the Studio, Julian talked at length about his parents, as well as his own career and the unique challenges to it. Julian also performed the song “Saltwater (Runs in My Eyes)”, which seems appropriate to share here at this time. ( Thanks to our man in London, Patrick Moore) –Redbeard