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    Sale 5397

    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop Memorabilia

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 258

    John Lennon

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    John Lennon
    An autographed note on a file card, signed, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to George Martin and Richard Williams, firmly clarifing that I wrote Please Please Me alone. It was recorded in the exact sequence in which I wrote it. "Remember?" additionally annotated by Lennon with a doodle of himself and Yoko above the inscription L.P winner, addressed on the reverse to Melody Maker in Lennon's hand -- 3¾x6in. (9.5x15.3cm.)

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    This note was sent in response to comments George Martin had made in a Melody Maker interview in 1971, a year after the break up of The Beatles. In answer to a question as to whether John and Paul wrote many of their early songs together Martin had replied Yes, but they also wrote separately. "Please Please Me" and "From Me To You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" were undoubtedly collaborative efforts. They'd sit down and literally construct the songs together.

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