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Friday, 13 March 2009

Kenwood: Lennon-era renovation & Jackie Lynton.


Singer Jackie Lynton also did a bit of painting and decorating in the '60s to supplement his income - including working on Kenwood just after John bought it. John, Cyn & Julian initially lived in the attic whilst the house was ripped apart as per the instructions of Ken Partridge (see various earlier posts). Here is what Jackie remembers: "Lennon used to get up about midday, wander into the kitchen, say 'mornin', painter' to us lot, make himself a coffee, and go over to his Jukebox and punch up all the old Little Richard and Chuck Berry records. One day we got there early, opened the jukebox up, and sneaked a copy of my version of 'All Of Me' on - in place of 'Long Tall Sally' or something. He got up as usual -'mornin' painter' - fixed his coffee, wandered over to the jukebox, and instead of just punching in all his usual numbers, he actually looked at the bloody things. He stood there, looking all confused, like... then he opened the lid, reached in, took my record out, looked closely at it, put it on the effin' side, shot us lot a dirty look, and punched in all his usual stuff. Story of my effin' life, really!"

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting this very interesting and beautiful article. Thank you and keep up the good work.

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  2. Hi there, i found your site fascinating. What made you start a blog on Lennons Kenwood period?
    Interesting times. I've also been interested in this period and have written a little bit here http://outerbluerecords.com/blog/beatle-john-lennons-home-studio about his home studio. I've put a link to your site too in case people are interested in more Kenwood info.
    All the best.
    Calum.

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