"Mother, you had me... I never had you.”
These were words written by John Lennon in his deeply personal song ‘Mother’. The song wasn’t so much sang, but screamed out for its recording on the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album. The screaming style he used for the song, and the carefully chosen lyrics, could be described as the behaviour of an angry, rebellious teenager. But I wanted to know, why was he so angry? What compelled him to write something so personal, especially during a critical stage of his career?
Who exactly was John's mother Julia?
Was she just a good time girl who enjoyed being in the company of men because of the attention they gave her?
Did she have deep, unstable issues that caused her to act out quite wildly?
Using the vast archive of the Liverpool Record Office, Trinity Mirror and a selection of fantastic images from the family album, we discover the influences on Paul and his brother Michael, by going back to where they once belonged.
The essay first came to light when I was researching for my book 'The McCartney's In The Town Where They Were Born' although a lot of other researchers knew of the essay they along with Sir Paul, thought it had been distroyed 60years ago but during my research if found it had been kept in Liverpool Record Office archives department, along with the other winning essay's.
George was born in a small two up - two down terrace house at No 12 Arnorld Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool, the youngest of four children. Shortly after he was born his parents Harold and Louise to George to the local Catholic church Our Lady Of Good Help to be baptised.
The register is written in Latin and reads as follows:
George Harrison - Date of Birth 25th Feb 1943, Date of Baptism 14th March 1943
Parents - Harold and Louise Harrison ( Formerly French). Godmother - Maria Fox
The Harrison's moved from Arnold Grove to the Speke housing estate to 25 Upton Green, when George was of school age. His first school was Dovedale School which was to be the same school as John Lennon, George knew of John at the school because his older brother Peter was in the same school year as John, but George never really bothered with John at that time.
Entry No 1833 Name - George Harrison, Date of Birth - 25/2/43. Address - 25 Upton Green, Speke. in the next column is the word YES this relates to George being exempt from religious education.
After leaving Dovedale School it was time to go to the Seniors, George passed his 11plus exam and was excepted into the Liverpool Institute High School in Liverpool City Centre, another pupil at the "Inny" but a year above him was Paul McCartney. George and Paul would travel to school on the same bus from Speke to the Inny, and became friends through their interest in Rock-n-Roll.
Ritchie's Dad, Richard was employed as a baker at the time of Ritchie's birth. With the country at war and the rationing that was to follow, the Starkey's, due his father's job, were never short of sugar, which made them very popular in there street!
Ritchie's early childhood was set, to the back drop of war, with Liverpool being heavily bombed, and at the age of 3 years his father Richard left home, leaving Elsie to bring up the baby. Fortunately for Elsie, her Mother-in-law and Father-in-law, lived in the same street and stood by her helping to bring up Ritchie.
The story of Eleanor was once again put into the public spotlight in 2008 when a document contain a signature E.Rigby dated 1911 was put up for auction and was sold for £115,000, the owner of the document stated that it came for Paul McCartney who had sent it to benefit the charity Sunbeams Music Trust.
Eleanor Rigby has always been a woman of mystery, but for those interested in the story of the infamous Eleanor Rigby here is what we found!
Today marks 57 years to the day that a young Paul McCartney met a young John Lennon.
Paul met John for the first time at a Garden Fete on St Peter's Church field on Saturday 6th July 1957. He was there to see John's skiffle group, 'The Quarrymen'.