Maureen Cleave

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Maureen Cleave (born 1941) is an English journalist who worked for the London Evening News and London Evening Standard in the 1960s, conducting interviews with famous musicians of the era, including Bob Dylan and John Lennon.

In her interview[1] with Lennon on 4 March 1966, she quoted him as saying that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now".[2]

According to the Bob Spitz biography of the Beatles, Lennon admitted to a liaison with Cleave, inspiring the Beatles song "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)".[3] However, Lennon claims he cannot remember whom the song was about and multiple other possible inspirations have been named. See "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)": Composition and lyrics.


  1. ^ Gould, Jonathan (2008). Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America. London: Piatkus. p. 307. ISBN 978-0-7499-2988-6. 
  2. ^ Maureen Cleave "The John Lennon I knew", Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2005
  3. ^ Bob Spitz (2006). The Beatles: The Biography. Back Bay Books. ISBN 9780316013314.