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Dr. Robert? New book names infamous Beatle dentist.

All things must eventually surface.  I have been reading through the new Beatles book, The Gospel According to The Beatles by Steve Turner, and cannot put it down.  Here’s something interesting about the book from the papers.

The Gospel According to the Beatles

In a new book about the Beatles, the infamous London dentist who dosed John Lennon, George Harrison, and their wives with LSD has finally been revealed. The Beatles’ whatgoeson.com fan website reported that in the new book, titled In The Gospel According To The Beatles, author Steve Turner interviews two of the late Dr. John Riley’s wives and shed new light on the Beatles’ early 1965 psychedelic experience.


Lennon and Harrison, with their then-wives, Cynthia Lennon and Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner party at Riley’s house in a London suburb, when he dosed the foursome with LSD which had been dropped onto the sugar cubes used in their coffee.

According to various interviews over the years, both Lennon and Harrison pinpoint the early 1965 acid trip as turning point in their music and lives, which eventually spearheaded a psychedelic revolution.

Riley died in 1986.

Cynthia Lennon was interviewed for the book and was quoted as saying, “When you go for dinner with your dentist you don’t imagine a professional man would do something like that. He could easily have killed us.”

Ringo Starr tried LSD during the summer of 1965. Paul McCartney was the lone hold out, not taking the drug until nearly a year later.

Source: The Rock Radio


4 Responses

  1. I was a friend of John Riley and feel quiet sad at the amount of nonsense that is appearing in national newspapers and the internet in relation to this alledged incident at a dinner party involving members of the Beatles and Dr.John Riley. Dr.John Riley recounted the story of that dinner party to me and his version of events differs greatly. In short, he did not spike the Beatles drink. They always ‘got the wrong end of the stick’ regarding what happened that night he told me.

    Dr.John Riley was a well respected dentist who happened to be George Harrisson’s dentist. He was also a friend of Harrison. I have no reason not to believe his version of events. Cynthia Lennon’s comments taken from this book are outrageous and would not have been printed if Dr.Riley was still alive.

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