I forget the name

“You know what I have written- carved- on a church in Hamburg? “John loves Cyn” That was my first going out with her at that time. A church that overlooks… just outside the Reeperbahn. But out right in town, and it’s got a big green tower, that you can walk in. And we all carved our names on there. You can have a look. There will be John + Cyn, Stu + Astrid, Paul + … What the hell was the girl at that time? I think Stu and Astrid is up there…. But I know John + Cyn is.” John Lennon (1975)

Yet

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[At Mike’s wedding] Paul wore a conservative suit and tie. Jane was also simply dressed. The couple posed obligingly for pictures with the bride and groom after the service, then everybody went back to Rembrandt to celebrate the union, Paul reading out the congratulatory telegrams. He and Jane seemed happy. ‘They could not have been more lovey-dovey and it was in very private circumstances where they didn’t have to put anything on for the press,‘ recalls Tony Barrow, who was present. Yet as soon as he got back to London, Paul took another woman to bed”.

H. Sounes (“An intimate life of Paul McCartney)

July 15th, 1958

tumblr_mpzc83RSnE1soa8c1o1_500“He didn’t talk about his Mum to anybody but me,” says Cynthia. “It shattered his life. He often said how terrible it was that he’d lost her just at the time she was becoming his best friend. I could see the feeling welling up deep inside him. I’d say: “Come on, John. I want to know all about you.” And he’d shake his head as if to say no. It was obviously too painful for him to open up very much” (Cynthia Lennon)

It was many years before we met again

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“It seemed that John had cut me off not just from him but from the whole Beatles family. The only person who came to see me was Paul. He arrived one sunny afternoon, bearing a red rose, and said, ‘I’m so sorry, Cyn, I don’t know what’s come over him. This isn’t right.‘ (…) Paul stayed for a while. He told me that John was bringing Yoko to recording sessions, which he, George and Ringo hated. (…) He joked about us getting married – ‘How about it, Cyn?’ – and I was grateful to him for cheering me up and caring enough to come. He was the only member of the Beatles family who’d the courage to defy John – who had apparently made clear the he expected everyone to follow his lead in cutting me off. But Paul was his own man and not afraid of John. In fact, musically and personally, the two were beginning to go in separate directions so perhaps Paul’s visit to me was also a statement to John. He drove off, promising to keep in touch, but a month or two later he got together with American photographer Linda Eastman and his life began a new phase. It was many years before we met again.”  Cynthia Powell

They were crazy over each other

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“In those days, Paul was not very interested in girls – he took one or two to the pictures, but that was all. He was in love with music. George was the same. Ruth was crazy over him, but he did not bother very much with her. George and Paul both thought it a great laugh that John was so keen on Cynthia, the lovely girl who used to go to art school with him. Even then, four years before they married, they were crazy over each other. Cyn used to travel thirty miles a night from her home in Hoylake just to sit by the stage of the Casbah, listening to John playing with us.” (Ex – bandmate Ken Brown about the band’s early impressions of girls)

 

Zeroing in on Paul

“It was no accident that Linda Eastman veered into his aura. She’d taken a few polite shots of Ringo and George before “zeroing in on Paul,” who couldn’t help but admire her beauty and spunk. Linda had come dressed to kill. Most days she played the typical rock chick, decked out in rumpled jeans and a T-shirt, with little or no makeup and unwashed hair. But today her hair had been carefully blow-dried so that it fell perfectly forward in wing points at her chin. And she was dressed in an expensive double-breasted striped barbershop jacket arranged just so over a sheer black sweater, with a miniskirt that flattered her gorgeous legs. When she squatted down – not so subtly, in what must have been a rehearsed gesture – in front of Paul for an intimate chat, he had trouble keeping his eyes from wandering below-decks.”    Bob Spitz, The Beatles

Lovers’ Lane

“I can’t wait to see your new room it will be great seeing it for the first time and having chips and all and a ciggie (don’t let me come home to a regular smoker please Miss Powell) Hmm I can just see YOU and Dot puffing away I suppose that’s the least of my worries. I don’t like the idea of Dot moving in permanently with you ‘cause we could never be alone really – I mean when I come home – can’t she have the other room or find another flat – imagine having her there all the time when we were in bed – and imagine Paul coming all the time – and especially when I wasn’t there. I’d hate the idea. I love you Cyn.”

Letter from John to Cyn, April 1962