While the grave of Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool inspired Paul McCartney. Leeds also boasts a grave stone that played a part in the Beatles song writing history. The grave of William Darby a.k.a Pablo Fanque can be found in a quiet part of Woodhouse cemetery. Pablo Fanque had a successful travelling circus in the 1840's. John Lennon bought one of the posters for the spectacular circus show and wrote the song Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite on the 1967 Sgt Pepper album. Pablo's wife Suzanne was killed in a freak accident in 1848. The big top collapsed while they were playing to a large crowd in the Headrow, Leeds. She was buried in Woodhouse cemetery and Pablo was buried alongside her when he died in 1871.
Listen to the benefit of Mr Kite Here and see the poster below.
Messrs. K and H. assure the public
Their production will be second to none.
A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
And of course Henry The Horse dances the waltz!
*Footnote* The Sgt Peppers album was declared a decisive moment in the
history of Western civilization at the time.
Being for the benefit of Mr Kite was one of 3 songs on the album banned by the B.B.C. The lyrics 'Henry the horse' were thought to be slang for Heroin. A day in the life was banned for the lyrics 'I'd love to turn you on' and Lucy in the sky with diamonds was banned because the initials spelt out L.S.D.
How times have changed!!
See below for the posters!