‘He thought her really sexy and was gutted when she died

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John Lennon’s secret lover

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Late on an October night, 40 years ago last month, in a private room at London’s Middlesex Hospital, one of the most famous women in Britain lay in a coma as her young life slowly ebbed away. Her face, once so alive buy canada goose jacket and radiant with canada goose clearance health and vitality, had been instantly recognisable for 12 years to millions of television viewers and record fans.

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When, on October 26, canada goose coats 1966, giant headlines across the front of newspapers informed a shocked public that Alma Cogan, Britain’s greatest female recording star of the Fifties and early Sixties, had died from cancer at the tragically young age of 34, there was universal grief and incredulity.

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But what no one could have predicted when she died was that today, four decades on, Alma would still be creating controversy. Years after her death, she caused her immediate family to feel that they were being ‘stalked’ and haunted by disciples of her legend. And then she was publicly and preposterously linked to Myra Hindley.

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Canada Goose Online A BBC television documentary to be screened on Friday and a DVD just released to cheap Canada Goose mark the 40th anniversary of her death present Cogan as a sexual enigma. Two of the men who regularly escorted her, composer Lionel Bart and Beatles manager Brian Epstein, were both gay. Canada Goose Online

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One story, allegedly told by the young Dusty Springfield, an admitted lesbian herself, with whom Cogan was said to be closely involved, was that Alma was not really gay, but had been raped as a young teenager and had developed a mental block about sex with men as a consequence. ‘Yes, people tried to say that she liked women,’ she says. ‘That was because she hadn’t married. But there were men with whom she was involved, and had she lived, she certainly would have married.’

One more dramatic twist in the mystery of Cogan and sex is the clandestine love affair between Alma and John Lennon.

Sandra Caron, who knew the Beatles even earlier than Alma and became very close to Paul McCartney, breaks her silence on this story for the first time.

She told me: ‘I knew about Alma and John, of course, but it was something no one admitted because John was married. We had a very strict Jewish upbringing and my mother would never have approved of a relationship between Alma and a married man.’

uk canada goose Ironically, before The Beatles rose to fame, Cogan represented everything Lennon most disliked. As a student at the Liverpool College of Art, Lennon ‘used to make horrible jokes against the singer Alma Cogan, impersonating her singing: “Sugar In The Morning, Sugar In The Evening, Sugar At Suppertime.” He’d pull crazy expressions on his face to try to imitate her.’ uk canada goose

buy canada goose jacket cheap But in 1962, when The Beatles appeared with Cogan in Sunday Night At The London Palladium, it was obvious that Lennon rapidly canada goose black friday sale revised his view. ‘John was potty about her,’ George Harrison revealed canadian http://www.canadagoosecanadaoutlet.com goose jacket later. ‘He thought her really sexy and was gutted when she died.’ buy canada goose jacket cheap

After the Fab Four’s first visit to Alma’s home in Stafford Court, Kensington High Street, where she lived with her widowed mother, Fay, and her younger sister, Sandra, Lennon gave Cogan the name Canada Goose Jackets ‘Sara Sequin’, while Fay buy canada goose jacket cheap became ‘Ma McCogie’.

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cheap Canada Goose Kaye and Sammy Davis Jr were all regular visitors. Of her first visit to Stafford Court, Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia, records: ‘John and I had thought of her as out of date and unhip. We remembered her in the oldfashioned cinched in waists and wide skirts of the Fifties. cheap Canada Goose

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‘It was decorated like a swish nightclub with dark, richly coloured silken fabrics and brocades everywhere. Every surface was covered with ethnic sculptures, ornaments and dozens of photographs in elaborate silver, gold and jewelled frames.’.

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