Was Eleanor Rigby a real person?
#96799. Asked by billythebrit. (Jun 20 08 2:48 AM)
Yes she was- but she was not necessarily the inspiration for McCartney's 1966 classic tune.|
McCartney said he came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!. Rigby came from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers, that he noticed while seeing his then-girlfriend Jane Asher act in The Happiest Days Of Your Life.
He recalled in 1984, "I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural."
In the 1980s, a grave of an Eleanor Rigby was discovered in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, and a few yards away from that, another tombstone with the last name McKenzie scrawled across it.
Many years later McCartney stated that the strange coincidence between reality and lyric could be a product of his subconsciousness, rather than being a meaningless fluke.
For your reference (or maybe you have even seen it personally, billy) here is photo of the Eleanor Rigby Statue in Stanley Street.
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