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John Lennon: Happy Birthday to the Head Beatle

Keith Altham, Fabulous, 10 October 1964

Although The Beatles have never officially had a leader, John Lennon has always been regarded as Beatle-boss because of his major role in their success. It was John who thought of the group's name. John who hit upon their distinctive hair-styles. He took most of the lead vocals. His fine rhythm-and-blues voice is an essential part of The Beatles Sound. Twenty-four this week, we decided it was the right time to publish this exclusive interview with John. He talks about his past, present and future with Great Britain's Greatest Group.

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