The ‘Real’ Eleanor Rigby - Finally Uncovered?
She's long been one of pop music's most haunting and enigmatic inventions, a desperately lonely specter of a woman who wore a face she "kept in a jar by the door." Of course, the subject is "Eleanor Rigby" — one of the standout tracks from the Beatles' 1966 masterpiece Revolver
The Eleanor Rigby statue in Liverpool
She’s long been one of pop music’s most haunting and enigmatic inventions, a desperately lonely specter of a woman who wore a face she “kept in a jar by the door.” Of course, the subject is “Eleanor Rigby” – one of the standout tracks from the Beatles’ 1966 masterpiece Revolver.
Yet despite decades of intense fan speculation, Beatle Paul McCartney, who composed the legendary track, has long maintained the subject of the song was completely fictional, a name cobbled together from Eleanor Bron, his costar in Help!, and wine dealer Rigby & Sons.
But when a headstone bearing the name “Eleanor Rigby” was discovered in the mid-1980s in a Woolton, Liverpool cemetery – coincidentally also a frequent place for sunbathing by a then teenaged McCartney and John Lennon in 1957 – more questioning of Paul’s “official” explanation of the song’s origin was inevitable.
Eleanor Rigby's resting place...
Now, it seems McCartney himself has provided yet another intriguing clue about the identity of the Eleanor Rigby via his recent donation to the Sunbeams Trust music charity– a well-preserved page from a 1911 Corporation of Liverpool accounts book featuring a hand-signed entry by “E. Rigby,” a teenaged scullery maid at a Liverpool hospital.
The dates involved argue the signature and headstone belong to the same woman. Whatever mysteries it contains, the signed Rigby page is expected to fetch a small fortune for the Sunbeams charity at the Fame Bureau auction next Thursday, Nov. 27.
originally from Gibson.com