It was fifty years ago today- July 20, 1968- actress Jane Asher broke off her engagement to Beatle Paul McCartney during an appearance on the BBC television show to host Simon Dee. Asher’s statement was “I haven’t broken it off, but it is broken off, finished. I know it sounds corny, but we still see each other and love each other, but it hasn’t worked out. “Perhaps we’ll be childhood sweethearts and meet again and get married when we’re about 70.” The pair had been together for five years. Over the years Jane Asher has kept her story quiet- she moved on, no comments, no kiss and tell book. A class act.
Jane Asher during her years with Paul inspired many songs- And I Love Her, Here, There and Everywhere, Things We Said Today, For No One, You Won’t See Me, Every Little Thing, Honey Pie, Martha My Dear, We Can Work It Out, I’m Looking Through You all come to mind.
McCartney got a lot from that relationship- the Asher’s were a highly cultured family. Her father Richard was an eminent British endocrinologist and haematologist. Jane’s mother was a music teacher and musician. One of her pupils was a young man named George Martin. Jane’s brother Peter would be part of Peter and Gordon and later a very successful record producer. Her sister Clare was a radio actress. McCartney lived with the Asher family in London from 1964-66.