The woman that inspired the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” passed away at the age of 46 from Lupus.

From the WaPo obit:

Mrs. Vodden’s connection to the Beatles dates to her childhood friendship with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son.

Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school one day with a drawing, showed it to his father and said it was “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”


  1. Huh. I’d always thought that the song was about LSD, not a person. Some of the articles about Vodden’s death debunk the drug reference.


  2. Yes, John was always very up-front about the Beatles’ drug references, but he always swore that this was an innocent coincidence. Of course, once he realized that “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” could be “LSD”, I’m sure the connections started going off in his head… “Climb in the back with your head in the clouds and you’re gone” indeed.

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