THE BEATLES expert Kenneth Womack discover which baseball film inspired John Lennon‘s love song. Before a month ago he was shot dead in 1980, released the new song “Grow Old With Me” and lyrics from a Robert Browning poem.
His latest song was released a month before John Lennon was shot dead in December 1980. For this love song Inspiration for the song was known to have come to Lennon in July that year. During this visit, he watching a movie about baseball in Bermuda.
After nearly forty years later, THE BEATLES expert Kenneth Womach watching dozens of obscure movies. Also, he discovers the movie also identified a precise film, solving a mystery that has lasted for nearly decades.
Kenneth Womack says he had watched dozens of movies before realizing that the key inspiration was “A Love Affair: The Eleanor And Lou Gehrig Story” movie. A 1978 movie about a baseball player who died after battling health problems.
During an interview with The Guardian, Kenneth Womack discovers which baseball film inspired John Lennon’s love song:
“Thanks very much for sending me that book of poems. I especially liked the one by Robert Browning that goes, ‘Grow old along with me! / The best is yet to be’… It was a different, much smaller world where folks enjoyed more shared experiences via television and music especially.
For that reason, I wanted to know what film had inspired him to compose such a beautiful song. For John, the use of such ‘found objects’ in life and art was essential to his composition practices. For decades, American filmmakers had put out one baseball film after another, and there are hundreds of them.
After watching dozens in search of the mysterious film in question, I began to study TV guides from that period. John was a regular subscriber. The mystery, quite suddenly, was solved.”
Kenneth Womack also published the “John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life” book. You can order here.