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Rock Hall Anniversary: Marriages of Paul and Linda and John and Yoko

What is perhaps considered two of the most significant marriages among the Beatles, happened in March 1969, both of which will spawn two of the most notable in music history.

On March 12th, Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in London, while John Lennon married performance artist Yoko Ono on March 20th in Gibraltar. Both women have and continue to play a significant part in the careers of both Beatles members. Eastman, who would later adopt the McCartney name (and even have the nickname “Lady McCartney”), would go on to form the band Wings with Paul, and would have a successful run throughout the 1970s. Ono meanwhile, would also collaborate with Lennon on a variety of projects, including the Two Virgins album, various peace movements, including most famously the Bed-In movements, and the Plastic Ono Band.

Another notable fact about Linda McCartney and Yoko Ono, is the fact that when the Beatles disbanded in 1970, some fans blamed both women, perhaps because of their stature in the relationship. However as time went on, that has proven to be untrue, given that all members of the Beatles were at this point already focused on embarking solo careers.

Both marriages ended in tragedy, with the first being between Ono and Lennon (following his murder) in 1980, and then between the McCartneys in 1998, when Linda succumbed to breast cancer. But given the history of the two couples, as well as the music, the marriages of Paul and Linda McCartney and John Lennon and Yoko Ono remain as some of the most significant unions in rock history.

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