John wrote this in Rishikesh for Prudence Farrow, sister of Mia (aka Mrs Sinatra1 newly divorced, Mrs Previn in waiting and, most toxically, Mrs Allen in the dim and distant). Prudence was, in Mr Lennon’s opinion, spending too much time in meditation at the ashram of a giggling Maharishi soon to gain White Album notoriety as Sexy Sadie.
And Prudence? She just needed to come out and play.
Which leads us to the second piece of Fab Four White Album sleuthery to feature on this site. Following the enigma of Whose guitar gently wept – where debate rages over whether, as Eric played lead electric on While my guitar gently weeps, with George on acoustic, it was Paul or John on bass – here we attempt to track down whether it was Paul, or Ringo in self imposed exile, who beat those Ludwig tubs for Dear Prudence.
Can you resist this musical mystery tour of events more than half a century ago?
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