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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Not Kenwood: but Sunny Heights, 1966/1967 & 2006.

The first pic of John from 1967 is often mis-labelled as being taken at Kenwood. In fact, it wasn't taken there - but rather down the road at Sunny Heights. (Bear with me on this.) Compare the first four pics - John is actually standing outside the rear entrance to Ringo's house. You can see the same spot in the photos of Ringo from '66, behind him. Also note the lion - here is John again, this time also in 1966, sitting on it. The next pic shows the whole back end of Sunny Heights - this one (along with many others) mis-labelled in the Bob Spitz book. Compare with the picture of the Beatles taken the same day as the first John one. Finally, a 2006 pic and two screen-grabs from a similarly dated YouTube video (Joe Baiardi again - thank you) showing the house looking very similar, plus the same area as the John photo and a close-up of the rear door. Whether it is still there now, I know not.
UPDATE-It is. See later then & now Sunny related "shizzle".


  1. Thanks - I was hoping you`ll pick up these photos because I wondered myself where they were taken. While I thought the place could well be either I wondered why Ringo and Paul brought their dogs along if the session happened at Kenwood - easy: Ringo`s dog was already there, as it was not Kenwood but his own place. Those two houses look quite similar for those not in the know, but you are about to change this and turn us into experts, so thanks again!

  2. They are similar - both Tarrant built and very close to each other on St George's Hill. They have been mistaken for each other in several books - including the Ray Coleman Lennon biography, and he had actually visited John at Kenwood several times! I think the big clue is the windows, though - quite different styles. Ahh, minutiae!