The man who inspired a Beatle dies

English teacher’s momentous meeting with John Lennon in 1966 provided inspiration for 2013 film

Juan Carrión standing next to a statue of John Lennon in Almería

By Richard Torné

A language teacher who became famous for getting John Lennon to print the lyrics of Beatles’ songs on their albums has died at the age of 93.

Juan Carrión, an English teacher from Murcia, met the legendary Beatle in Almería city in September 1966 while the musician was making a film in the province. During their brief encounter, Carrión explained how he used Beatles’ song lyrics to teach English to his students.

Lennon was so impressed by Carrión that he agreed to have the lyrics of The Beatles’ next LP, ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, printed on the album sleeve.

The unlikely story provided the inspiration for the 2013 Spanish movie ‘Living is easy with eyes closed’, which went on to win six Goyas – Spain’s version of the Oscars.

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