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May 4, 1998

"The world is a better place for having known her," said Paul McCartney of his wife, Linda (in 1992). "Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives."

Japanese actress Momoko Kōchi with ‘Godzilla’ on the set of the original 1954 Godzilla (aka Gijora) film, which would later be remade twice (1998,2014).

Japanese actress Momoko Kōchi with ‘Godzilla’ on the set of the original 1954 Godzilla (aka Gijora) film, which would later be remade twice (1998,2014).

A message from Anonymous
Hi, I understand that you source your images when you're able to, but do you source your caption information, or do you write that yourself? It's only fair that you source someone else's words/information. Thanks

It depends really. Most of the photos I find online have very little information in the caption that leaves people questioning it. At times a do take the caption but add upon it with information I find during the research of photos (ei: the Queen Elizabeth post). Sometimes I already know the information I write in captions (majority of Beatles photos). I agree, it’s completely fair to source back someone’s words. But the majority of photos with captions I myself have come up with. If I do take someone’s captions, they’re (photos) most likely from books I’ve got and source back to where those photos were scanned from.

I hope that made sense, I tend to ramble on. Also sorry for a late reply, I usually check inbox every morning/afternoon/night.

~Ophelia

First cars, 1959-62


That’s my first car: a Standard Vanguard.

"I actually bought it from another drummer, Johnny Hutch, and it cost me £75. That’s when I started carrying my own drums and driving friends around. It wouldn’t go into second gear - and every time it stopped I had a puncture - but I loved that car. I used to like to tell everyone it was hand-painted, which it was; it wasn’t sprayed, it was hand-painted black and white."

"I took George harrison in my Zephyr Zodiac to pick up his first car. He bought a Ford Angelia - he was young! On the way home, a dog ran in front of my car, and this was the bill for my helpful endeavors."

From Photograph. Page 38.

London, July 1955

"There’s me, petting the Horse Guard’s horse."

"We sort of conned my way out of hospital so I didn’t have to be there for my 15th birthday. We went down to Romford, where my stepdad’s family lived. His dad was great, and he knew London like the back of his hand. We went walking all over London and saw the sights, the British Museum and the Searchlight Tattoo. It was a great day out, but it was a bit long for someone who’d just come out of hospital.” 

From Photograph. Page 18.
London, July 1955

"There’s me, petting the Horse Guard’s horse."

"We sort of conned my way out of hospital so I didn’t have to be there for my 15th birthday. We went down to Romford, where my stepdad’s family lived. His dad was great, and he knew London like the back of his hand. We went walking all over London and saw the sights, the British Museum and the Searchlight Tattoo. It was a great day out, but it was a bit long for someone who’d just come out of hospital.”

From Photograph. Page 18.

TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY

On April 8, 1963 British musician John Charles Julian Lennon was born in Liverpool. He was named after his paternal grandmother, Julia Lennon (nee Stanley). Lennon made his musical debut at the age of 11 on his father’s 1974 album, Walls and Bridges, but made his actual debut as an artist with his first album Valotte which was released ten years later. 

Julian was also an actor, in a sense, with an appearance as The Baker in the musical The Hunting of the Snark (1987), which also featured Roger Daltrey, Justin Hayward and Billy Connolly, with John Hurt as narrator. As well in a cameo in Leaving Las Vegas (1995).

By the end of 1991, Julian had left the music business to venture in his interests such as cooking, sailing, and sculpting. He returned back in 1998 with his album Photograph Smile, which gained little success and again in 2011 with his most recent album, Everything Changes.

Recently, Julian has been traveling to Kenya and Ethiopia, visiting water, Humanitarian and environmental projects. As his birthday wish, he’s asked his fans and supporters to join his mission and donate to the White Feather Foundation, helping to gain clean drinkable water for those who are in need. Please go here if you’d be willing to donate.

Happy Birthday, Julian 

Julian Lennon at his Aunt Mimi’s home, Harbour View, near Bournemouth, Dorset. 1966.

Julian Lennon at his Aunt Mimi’s home, Harbour View, near Bournemouth, Dorset. 1966.

TODAY IN MUSIC HISTORY


On April 7, 1920, Musician and composer Ravi Shankar was born in Varanasi, India to father Shyam Shankar and mother Hemangini Devi; he was the youngest of seven brothers. Ravi would’ve been 94 had he not passed away after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery on December 11, 2012.

Shankar officially started his musical career in late 1939. His debut performance was a jugalbandi(duet) with Ali Akbar Khan, who played the string instrument, sarod. Ravi played his last performance with daughter Anoushka on November 4, 2012 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

The Swara Samrat festival, organized on January 5–6, 2013,was dedicated to Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan where musicians like Shivkumar Sharma, Birju Maharaj, Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Girija Devi etc. performed.

April 4, 2014

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell leaving Pinkberry in Beverly Hills, California.

Original UK vintage The Beatles Book (Beatles Monthly) calendar. 1964.

(1}Photos sourced back to a Flickr, but I was unable to find the exact account. 2}If you would like to see/have each single photo please contact me.)