They Were Like Paul McCartney and Jane Asher

jean compton
4 min readJul 24, 2020
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They were like Paul McCartney and Jane Asher. The dreamy couple composed of the cute Beatle and bass player of the group along with Peter Asher — the group’s manager’s — sister Jane.

Terry and Julie would show up at my parents house. I would answer the door and they would glide in in all their youthful beauty for a band practice session in the basement.

Julie was lovely with long, auburn hair, freckles and a modish style of dressing. She was quiet and shy. Terry was my brother’s band’s flirtatious bass player (in similarity to half of the the fab four’s rhythm section) who could have almost passed for Julie’s brother. His hair was darker and he sported an endearing, snaggle tooth grin.

They went on for a while like that. Until Julie moved to California. After? Before? they broke up? I’m not sure. It might have been due to Terry’s flirtatious ways or, could it have been? might it have been? Probably was at least in part due to Terry’s manic/depressive, or later known as bipolar state. He hadn’t been diagnosed at the time. Just known to the rest of the band as “flighty”.

He would have weird and unreasonable thoughts. I knew of a few of them. Like the time, when he was staying at our house as his parents had kicked him out. As I recall, he didn’t get along with his father. Anyway, I remember one night when I was standing in the doorway of my bedroom getting ready for bed and he asked if he could join me. Sleep in my bed with me, that is. “Not do anything, just sleep.”

Terry was like my brother. But, not one of my three brothers would have ever asked me if they could sleep with me.

Of course, I said “no” and slammed, well maybe not slammed but firmly closed the door on him and that idea. WTF? My parents were right down the hall and I wasn’t attracted to any of the fab four in my brother’s group anyway. They were all like my brothers, another four piece ensemble whose makeup mirrored that of the British phenomenon. Lead singer/harmonica player (my brother), lead guitarist/backup singer, bassist/harmony backup and drummer. They were known as The Rationals, or “Rats” to the initiated.

I don’t remember if I had a lock on my door, I think I did, but if not, I’m sure I wished I’d had one.

jean compton

I have an eye for the artful and influence. Essays, Memoir and Musings on this and that. Currently working on a memoir about my life as a dancer in 80's NYC