15 Beautiful Women Who Inspired Classic Love Songs

suzanne george

Romantic muses in the age of rock and roll

(via Purple Clover)

by John Birmingham

“Crazy Love,” Van Morrison

THE MUSE: Janet “Planet” Rigsbee

THE BACKSTORY: Their first meeting, she said, was “alchemical whammo.” Rigsbee inspired not just “Crazy Love” (“I can hear her heartbeat for a thousand miles”) but also “Tupelo Honey” (that’s her on the album cover). The couple split in 1973.

UPDATE: Morrison’s ex is a songwriter living in California. Their daughter Shana, born just after the release of “Moondance,” has recorded five albums of her own and often shares the stage with her father.


“And I Love Her,” The Beatles

THE MUSE: Jane Asher

THE BACKSTORY: McCartney, who wrote “And I Love Her” in 1964, called it “the first ballad I impressed myself with.” By 1967 he and the English actress were engaged, but a year later they went separate ways.

UPDATE: Long married to illustrator Gerald Scarfe, Asher has become an entrepreneur. Last year she redesigned her London shop, Jane Asher Party Cakes…

Read more: http://www.purpleclover.com/entertainment/3218-15-beautiful-women-who-inspired-classic-love-songs/


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