10 april 1962

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10 April 1962 - Former Beatles bassist, the stunningly beautiful & gentle Stuart Sutcliffe passes away of a brain hemorrhage while in Hamburg. RIP beautiful soul.

“Paul and I got to know Stuart Sutcliffe through going into the art college. Stuart was a thin, arty guy with glasses and a little Van Gogh beard; a good painter. John really liked Stuart as an artist. Stuart obviously liked John because he played the guitar and was a big Ted. Stuart was cool. He was great looking and had a great vibe about him, and was a very friendly bloke. I liked Stuart a lot; he was always very gentle. John had a slight superiority complex at times, but Stuart didn’t discriminate against Paul and me because we weren’t from the art school. He started to come and watch us when we played at parties and he became a fan of ours. He actually got some parties for John, Paul and me to play at.“ - George, Anthology

After being absent from the screen since the Feb. 1961 release of The Misfits, her divorce from Arthur Miller, and recovery from surgeries (for endometriosis, and gall bladder removal), Marilyn Monroe was set to star in George Cukor’s Something’s Got to Give, when she spent more than 6 hours at Cukor’s house on 10 April 1962 for wardrobe tests.

Filming was set to begin 2 weeks later, but Monroe was unable to make to set due to a severe sinus infection. Monroe missed nearly a month of filming and the project quickly fell behind schedule. Monroe’s health was not the only problem with the production, as the script was constantly changed and as frustrations continued, Monroe became a convenient scapegoat.

On 4 June, 3 days after an on-set 36th birthday celebration for Monroe, she was fired from the film. At the time she had suffered a return of the sinus infection and had a fever of 100 °F.

Co-star Dean Martin refused to continue with the film without Monroe and the project was abandoned, only to be resurrected a year later with different cast (James Garner and Doris Day) and director (Michael Gordon) and titled Move Over, Darling. Released on Christmas Day 1963, it went on to be a big hit. Monroe died from a drug overdose on 5 August 1962.

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The Beatles, Liverpool, September 1962; and Tittenhurst Park, 22 August 1969.

Photos © Les Chadwick; Ethan Russell

“There was a close bond between us through all those years.

The Beatles can’t ever really split up, because as we said at the time we did split up, it doesn’t really make any difference. The music is there, the films are all there. Whatever we did is still there and always will be. What is there is there - it wasn’t that important. It’s like Henry VIII or Hitler or any of these historical figures they’re always going to be showing documentaries about: their name will be written about forever and no doubt The Beatles’ will be too. But my life didn’t begin with The Beatles and it didn’t end with The Beatles. It was just like going to school. I went to Dovedale, then I went to Liverpool Institute and then I went to The Beatles University for a bit and then I got out of university and now I’m having the rest of my life off.

The bottom line is, as John said, it was only a little rock ‘n’ roll band. It did a lot and it meant a lot to a lot of people but, you know, it didn’t really matter that much.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology

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Happy Birthday Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 - 10 April 1962) ♥

“He told me everything. He loved to talk about Hamburg {…..} At his side always was Stuart, sweet Stuart. There wasn’t a time in John’s life when he didn’t think about Stuart. He spoke always of his love and respect for Stuart.”  - Yoko Ono

“Stuart Sutcliffe was his closest friend. They shared secrets, women, and their influence on each other was incalculable.” - Tony Bramwell

Happy Mother’s Day !

 Judy Garland and her family in 1962.

All my life I refused to accept the love that people wanted to give me. But after the satisfaction of my work this past year, I at last can understand and evaluate my abilities. I know I’m a kind person. I know I’m a good mother. I know I’m a good actress and singer. I realize now that people like me. I’m always afraid of sounding conceited, and this is the first time I’ve ever talked this way. But it’s better than years and years when I thought of myself in the most negative and destructive way.

 - Judy’s own words in excerpt from Look magazine’s cover story, Judy. April 10, 1962