03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Meet Lucy, Of In The Sky With Diamonds Fame

It was 40 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play and, although she did not perform on the album, a Surbiton housewife confirms today that she was the inspiration for one of its most famous songs.

Myth and rumour have surrounded the real-life inspiration for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, John Lennon's swirling ode to psychedelia.

It was first thought that the singer's muse was Lucy Richardson, a Suffolk schoogirl who went on to become a film art director.

Then speculation centred on the daughter of the comedian Peter Cook. And many believe that the song is a disguised paean to the joys of LSD. But Beatles biographers and accounts by the band members confirm that Lucy O'Donnell is the only possible source for the song.

Lucy, now a 43-year-old housewife from Surrey, was a classmate of John's son, Julian, at Heath House nursery school in Weybridge. Her moment of fame came in 1967, when Julian came home from school with a drawing of a girl surrounded by stars. John asked him what it was. "It's Lucy, in the sky with diamonds," Julian said.

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