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MANSION WHERE JOHN LENNON AND RINGO STARR ONCE LIVED HAS EMERGED FOR SALE

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The sprawling Hartlands estate is nestled on the incredibly desirable St George’s Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, which housed the Beatles duo throughout the 1960s.

It rests in an elevated position overlooking the same Surrey town where John Lennon was watched by around 200 girls when he passed his driving test in 1965.

The jaw-dropping seven bedroom property has been heavily inspired by the Georgian period and features several castle-style turrets throughout.

Its grand drive-way and elegant turrets were inspired by the famous 18th century architect, John Nash.

He was one of the key masterminds behind Buckingham Palace’s state rooms and Trafalgar Square in London.

The magnificent Hartlands enjoys unrivaled views of the surrounding leafy countryside and exclusive St Georges Hill Golf Club.

The seven-bedroom home is on the market with estate agents Savills who have described it as ‘the ideal fairy tale house’.

They have given the ‘magnificent’ property a guide price of £10,950,000 and say it is ready to move in to.

At the edge of the grounds are a set of large iron gates, which reveal a sweeping driveway with the property at the end.

It is entered through an oak front door into the paneled entrance hall with a cloaks cupboard.

There is then a grand reception hall, an elegant drawing room and a generous dining room which benefits from beautiful views over the landscaped gardens.

A walnut paneled study, part of which is set in one of the turrets, includes a TV that can be hidden behind a Chinese-inspired panel painting at the touch of a button.

There is also a pristine kitchen, an indoor swimming complex, an orangery and a family room, all on the ground floor.

Upstairs is a circular landing, leading to the master bedroom suite which enjoys lovely views over the south facing gardens.

There are four guest suites positioned around the circular landing and two further bedroom suites off a secondary landing.

The gym is accessed through the master dressing room and in turn, provides access to a roof top terrace, complete with outdoor rain shower.

A secondary set of stairs leads up to the large loft area which provides excellent storage space.

Outside is an elevated manicured garden, a raised terrace and a number of colourful flower beds and borders.

There is also space to park cars in a garage close to the main house.

A Savills spokesperson said: ‘This palatial mansion is situated in an elevated position with far reaching panoramic views.

‘You are immediately struck by the approach to this property. Once through the wrought iron gates, you follow the gorgeous sweeping driveway.

‘The property majestically unfolds as the drive approaches the house, initially only revealing an elegant turret.

‘To one side of the garden there is a Victorian style greenhouse. Beyond the gardens the grounds slope down to the golf course.’

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MAY PANG SPOKE OUT ON THEIR 18-MONTH AFFAIR

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May Pang spoke out on their 18-month affair in an unearthed, candid interview, setting the record straight on the relationship she shared with John Lennon a few years into his marriage to Yoko Ono.
John Lennon’s now famous “lost weekend” with May Pang was the subject of much attention and speculation from The Beatles fans back in the early 1970s, when he left his home with wife Yoko Ono in New York to set up house with their assistant May Pang in Los Angeles. Having first met Ono in 1966, Lennon married the avant-garde artist three years later. However, by 1973, the couple’s relationship had problems.
Ono has since recalled how the intensity of their partnership and the constant vitriol they faced from The Beatles fans — who largely blamed her for the break-up of the band — left her “needing space”.

It was at this point that John, with his wife’s knowledge, embarked on a year-and-a-half romance with their assistant, Pang, whom Ono described in a 2012 interview with The Telegraph as “a very intelligent, attractive woman and extremely efficient”.

Asked if there was any truth to rumours her relationship with John continued as late as 1977, she replied: “Our relationship lasted 10 years, from 1970 – 80.”

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THE MOMENT JOHN LENNON AND PAUL MCCARTNEY NEARLY REUNITED LIVE ON SNL

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On April 24, 1976, John Lennon and Paul McCartney nearly took Lorne Michaels up on his offer to have the Beatles perform on Saturday Night Live…

There are a lot of ‘almost’ moments in rock and roll history, one that has always hung heavily over our heads was the very real moment Saturday Night Live nearly reunited The Beatles, had John Lennon and Paul McCartney been bothered to get up from watching it on TV.

In the iconic first series of ‘Saturday Night Live’ – America’s home of alternative weekend hilarity – show’s legendary producer, Lorne Michaels set himself a fairly big challenge: to reunite The Beatles. He started as any SNL act would, with a piece direct to camera.

Whether Michaels was performing with the real intent of reuniting the most enigmatic songwriting partnership to have ever existed in Lennon and McCartney, or he was just doing a bit, he shared the sentiment of a nation. Michaels talks directly to the camera about how The Beatles had affected so many lives, “In my book, The Beatles are the best thing that ever happened to music. It goes even deeper than that — you’re not just a musical group, you’re a part of us. We grew up with you.”

He sincerely suggests an offer to the pair, “Now, we’ve heard and read a lot about personality and legal conflicts that might prevent you guys from reuniting. That’s something which is none of my business. That’s a personal problem. You guys will have to handle that. But it’s also been said that no one has yet to come up with enough money to satisfy you. Well, if it’s money you want, there’s no problem here.”

Audiences across the country gasp in hope that maybe this might just happen, with Network money anything is possible, surely? Michaels continued, The National Broadcasting Company has authorized me to offer you this check to be on our show. A certified cheque for $3,000.” It now becomes a little clearer that Michaels’ tongue was firmly in his cheek.

The producer continues with the bit and explains how all the band need to do is sing three songs “‘She Loves You,’ yeah, yeah, yeah – that’s $1,000 right there. You know the words. It’ll be easy. Like I said, this is made out to ‘The Beatles.’ You divide it any way you want. If you want to give Ringo [Starr] less, that’s up to you. I’d rather not get involved.”

Here it is, that ‘almost’ moment we promised. While Michaels entertained the audience in the studio with his skit the millions of folks watching at home were likely laughing away with them – John Lennon and Paul McCartney included. Unbeknown to Michaels and the rest of the globe, the duo was just a mile or so away watching the show together in John’s apartment in the Dakota building.

As Lennon said in 1980, “Paul … was visiting us at our place in the Dakota. We were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag. We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired. … He and I were just sitting there watching the show, and we went, ‘Ha ha, wouldn’t it be funny if we went down? But we didn’t.”

Paul McCartney would confirm the story saying, “John said, ‘We should go down, just you and me. There’s only two of us so we’ll take half the money.’ And for a second. … But It would have been work, and we were having a night off, so we elected not to go. It was a nice idea – we nearly did it.”

Oh, what could have been. It’s an ‘almost’ moment so tantalising that a TV film was made about what would have happened had they of reunited in 1976. The film is called Two of Us and first aired on VH1 in 2000.

George Harrison would go on to be a musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ later in the year and carry on the joke. Arriving to collect the previously offered cheque, he and Michaels discuss the split. With the producer’s hands tied Harrison agrees that for an extra $250 he would say the show’s iconic opening line, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

Sadly the show would never be able to reunite The Beatles. Lennon and McCartney were just a mile and a half away from the studio and the world was just as close to a historical moment.

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IN 1971, JOHN LENNON DISCUSSED THE SPLIT OF THE BAND

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John Lennon was not impressed with the Rolling Stones and thought they should split up in an incredible interview from 1971.
In April 1970 it was announced the Beatles were splitting up. John had actually told the band he was leaving in September 1969, but was persuaded to keep it quiet to help the release of their album, Abbey Road. In 1971, John discussed the split of the band. At the same time, he also gave a very blunt opinion of fellow Brit superstars The Rolling Stones.
Lennon was interviewed by journalist David Wigg.

He said: “For me personally when you listen to the Stones music, nothing’s even happened. It’s the same old stuff goes on and on and on.”I’ve never heard anything different from them.
“So I think it would be good if they broke up and made some individual music because it’s the same old hash, rehash of the same old stuff over and over again.”
It’s worth pointing out that in the past few years prior to Lennon’s comments, The Rolling Stones had released some of the most iconic tracks of all time.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Sympathy For The Devil and Wild Horse were all singles between 1968v and 1971.
Yet Lennon added: “Nothing personal Mick, you know I love you and Keith.  I think it would do them good to split up.”
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards should probably note that Lennon’s comments were doubtlessly coloured by his fervent belief at the time that the band structure and image of the Beatles had killed their creativity.
He said: “In the Beatles, by the time the Beatles were at their peak we were cutting each other down to size.
“We were limiting our capacity to write and perform by fitting it into some kind of format and that’s why it caused trouble.”
That’s why Lennon was so insistent the band should never reform.
He argued they were all much happier pursuing solo projects which, he believed, also had greater creative worth.
He added: “There’s no reason why we should ever play together. Listen to the music. Would George have ever flourished like that if we’d carried on with the group? No chance. There was no room.
“It’s far better music because we’re not suppressed.”
in the 1971 interview, Lennon said of the ‘inevitability’ of his split from the Beatles: “I told everyone years ago, ‘I’m not going to be singing She Loves You when I’m thirty.’
“I was thirty last year and it was then when I broke the band up, or I decided to leave. I don’t know when they decided it, or whatever… That’s when it happened. I knew I wouldn’t be doing the same thing.
“It just doesn’t work like that. It’s like a rugby team. Sometimes you just have to get married and leave the boys on a Saturday night. That’s just how it is.”

LISTEN TO THE FULL JOHN LENNON INTERVIEW  HERE

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JOHN LENNON: “IT WAS JUST ME SINGING “HELP” AND I MEANT IT”

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John was usually open about the tough moments of his life in interviews, and he spoke freely about “Help!” in several interviews. “It makes me feel secure to know that I was aware of myself then,” he told Rolling Stone in 1970. “It was just me singing ‘help’ and I meant it.”

In 1980, speaking with Playboy’s David Sheff, John expanded on that idea and was even more open. “I didn’t realize it at the time … but later, I knew I really was crying out for help,” he said.

“You see the movie: He — I — is very fat, very insecure, and he’s completely lost himself,” John added. “And I am singing about when I was so much younger and all the rest, looking back at how easy it was.”

By ’80, John seemed much more capable of handling things. “I don’t know whether you learn control or, when you grow up, you calm down a little. [But] I was fat and depressed crying out for help.”

Speaking to Playboy, John explained what was behind his depression while making the second Beatles movie. “The Beatles thing had just gone beyond comprehension,” he said. “We were smoking marijuana for breakfast. Nobody could communicate with us … [we were] in our own world.”

Originally, John (with an assist from Paul McCartney) wrote the song to a medium tempo. However, with the band and Parlophone trying to commercialize a track destined to be a single, the Fab Four made it faster in the recording studio.

“Help!” hit the charts in the summer of ’65 and quickly rose to No. 1 in the UK and America — just a few weeks after the Help! arrived in theaters. The song stayed on top of the Billboard charts for three weeks.

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NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS

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