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In May 1960 The Silver Beetles (later to become known as The Beatles) were backing a young musician Johnny Gentle, during his tour through Scotland. For the duration of this tour the whole band decided to give themselves pseudonyms.
Band member John Lennon (1940–1980) became Long John for this occasion. Paul McCartney recalls: 'People have since said, “Ah, John didn't change his name, that was very suave.” Let me tell you: he was Long John. There was none of that “he didn't change his name”: we all changed our names.'
See also Paul Ramone, Stuart de Stael and Carl Harrison.
‘Long John’, BeatlesWiki, retrieved 26 April 2014
‘John Lennon’, Wikipedia, retrieved 26 April 2014
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