It was 46 years ago today (November 9th, 1966) that John Lennon and Yoko Ono first met. Yoko was preparing a conceptual art show at a London's Indica Gallery, which was owned by Lennon's friend John Dunbar. Lennon was invited to peruse the exhibition the night before the show opened, which led to the future couple being introduced.
Lennon recalled the meeting to Rolling Stone in 1970, saying, "I got the humor in her work immediately. I didn't have to have much knowledge about avant garde or underground art, but the humor got me straight away . . . There was a fresh apple on a stand and it was 200 (British pounds) to watch it decompose."
Lennon eventually went on to sponsor several of Yoko's exhibitions, prior to the pair becoming lovers in the spring of 1968. Lennon and Yoko were married on March 20th, 1969.
Yoko says that ultimately, Lennon proved to be an ideal partner for her: "When I was an avant garde artist, already I was a control freak, okay? And John understood it. John was a very good person to work with, a good husband as well y'know in that sense. A good partner, that he would allow me to be myself kind of thing."
IN OTHER BEATLES HISTORY
Today also marks the 46th anniversary of what was rumored to be the day Paul McCartney died (November 9th, 1966). The legendary conspiracy theory that McCartney died in a horrific car accident was first brought to the public's attention nearly two years later, shortly after the release of the Beatles' Abbey Road album.
According to legend, an angry McCartney stormed out of a Beatles recording session in the early hours of November 9th, 1966, which was supposedly referenced by the band as "Stupid bloody Tuesday" in 1967's "I Am The Walrus." He then supposedly died in a car crash. And because the Beatles feared that their fans would never accept his death, they supposedly hired an unnamed winner of a British McCartney look-alike contest, named William Campbell, to replace McCartney.
The band was said to have included various death clues in their songs and album covers to slowly break the news of McCartney's demise to fans.
The first hole in the theory, which many "Paul Is Dead" conspiracists seem to overlook, is that the Beatles didn't hold a recording session on that day -- their first session that autumn was on November 24th. A second obvious hole is that November 9th, 1966 actually fell on a Wednesday -- a clue that some enterprising fans believed was referenced in "She's Leaving Home": "Wednesday morning at five o'clock. . ."
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