Virtually unknown Lucy Vaden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46.
Luckily, she was one of the few who had not been molested by Roman Polanski 33 years ago.
Only verbally, by the Beatles.
Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, a hospital spokesman announced.
Mrs. Vaden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son.
Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was "Lucy in the clouds with diamonds."
Or so the old chestnut goes.
At the same time, John Lennon was gathering material for his contributions to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," a landmark album released to worldwide acclaim in 1967. The album that is credited for bringing about a complete change in rock music.
The elder Lennon seized on the image while babbling and walking around wearing only frogman flippers and quoting some old coot in India, or it was later said to be so by a close friend of the group.
Soon John and Paul had developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of "newspaper taxis" and a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes."
"Old John was really spaced", admitted Ringo who says he has never smoked dope, took LSD, drank a drop of liquor or told the truth in his life.
Rock music critics thought the song's title was a veiled reference to LSD, but John Lennon always claimed the phrase came from his son, not from a desire to spell out the initials LSD in code.
"There was this young teacher at school or was that Rita? No she was the meter maid who was Julian Lennon's little friend at school, a boy I believe", continued Ringo.
All of this coming from a friend of the Beatles who concluded by showing us a photo of a naked Ringo on a bicycle, which he called "Henry The Horse, doing the waltz."
Mrs. Vaden's parents was given a cash settlement for changing the little girl's name from Rita to Lucy, according to the Beatles friend, right after Sgt. Peppers came out and John told the whopper right off the top of his head.