Monday, April 15, 2019

Claudio







This was posted on Instagram from thedailybeatles


Curt Claudio was born Cesare Curtis Claudio in Alameda, California on August 28, 1948. He was class of 1966 at Kennedy High School in Richmond, CA. His father Cesare Claudio Sr was born in Victoria, BC, Canada to newly immigrated parents from Italy, and soon moved to Seattle, WA., and eventually to San Francisco. Curt's father was a professional violinist and urged all four of his children to become professional musicians. Cesare played the cello at a very young age and went on to the Prix de Rome to study at the St. Cecilia Academy in Rome. Upon his return to the US, he earned a seat in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra where he played until he was drafted into the Army. At UC Berkeley, Cesare met fellow student, Martha Curtis, they had four sons, one of which was Cesare Curtis Claudio “Curt”. This story ends sadly with the December 22, 1981 death of Curt Claudio. While it doesn’t say how he died, I imagine he never recovered from the Vietnam war. 
As you can see from his musical family history, it’s no doubt that in his state of mind he felt a connection to Lennon’s music. In memory of Curt Claudio 1948-1981. I hope this info helped for those who were concerned about him.


27 comments:

  1. Unfortunately, for me he will always be associated with John's unfortunate examples of inspiration for writing songs as "...I love Yoko, or I had a good sh*t today".

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  2. I remember seeing him in the Imagine movie never thought anyone had an idea who he was. I found it very touching when John asked him, "Are you hungry?" and then had him in for lunch.

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  3. To me John always seemed a bit "out of sorts " in the Imagine movie.
    There seemed to be something not right about him.

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    1. yes Alex - y'know we wanted to see as much as John possible but now wonder did he really want the imagine documentary/rather home video (imo) film done or did yoko push for it

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  4. Come on people. Relax! Love them for their gifts to us. There’s enough negativity going around.

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  5. Hi Fans, my name is Ernie Claudio. I am Curt’s older brother.
    My email is ernieclaudio@hotmail.com
    Curt was never in the military. He was a straight “A” student in high school and earned a scholarship to University of California in Davis, California. Then he started using drugs and dropped out of school. He spent most of his life working on farms. We worked at Ford Motors in Milpitas, California until they closed the factory. Ford gave their employees $12,000 so could re-train for another job. I asked Curt,”What are you going to do with your $12,000?” Curt said, “I’m either going to buy a Harley or an ultra-light airplane.” He bought the ultra light, and that’s what killed him. He was flying too low and too slow and the plane stalled. It happened in Fremont, California. The plane came down, bounced off a carport roof, and landed in a tree, six feet off the ground. The high impact caused his aorta to separate from the heart. Dead was instantaneous.

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    1. Hello Ernie - sorry for the loss of your brother. And thanks for your info; seems there's always incorrect stories about people.

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    2. Hi Ernie. Your little brother is one of the people I get asked about the most on this site. I really, really appreciate you taking the time to tell us the the truth about Curt. I am so sorry that you lost him at such a young age. To us Beatle fans he will always be remembered as the guy that was invited inside John Lennon's house for breakfast.

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    3. Ford Motors closed their plant in Milpitas in 1983.

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    4. I smell BS

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    5. The NTSB lists a similar accident somewhat matching the description on December 22, 1983 in Modesto, CA. https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20001214X45341&AKey=1&RType=Summary&IType=LA

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    6. Hi Ernie, sorry for the loss of your brother. Like others I am intrigued by his story. Did he travel all the way to Lennon's house from California?

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  6. Curt died in Dec 81 in an ultralight aircraft crash in California .

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  7. While I realize Curt was originally seen in the Imagine documentary, I have to assume this recent flurry of activity is due to the Above Us Only Sky documentary. Yes? I know that's what brought me here. Ernie, so sorry for your loss and I definitely hope Curt is RIP. I find it interesting that they (I don't remember who) said he was a shell-shocked Vietnam vet who had just been released from the hospital - and the way it's said makes it seem as though it's a mental hospital. I just wonder where that whole line of thinking came from. Anyone know?

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  8. hello people...both stories about Curt are interesting...we all are made in the image of God and have our own life story...I only wonder how can both be true or why does one disprove the other?

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  9. Hi , Was it Curt that appeared in the audience , in the USA ? it has been suggested that this was Curt fro the imagine film and John seemed to reconize him but this was never confirmed

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    1. No, that other person is nothing like him, only that they both had long hair. Just compare how low down the forehead centre parting is on Curt in the middle image supplied above. Then compare this with the audience guy. You shouldn't need to ask his brother to figure out they are totally unalike people. But many seem to believe this based on solely on a hair length that was very common in the late 60s/ early 70s. They aren't the same person.

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  10. Curt is also in Montreal in the video give peace a chance recorded at St Elizabeth hotel. Look at the video youll see him there in the room. Trust me :)

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    1. I think he became friends with John and Yoko.

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  11. Curt's dad's obituary. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoer/obituary.aspx?n=cesare-claudio&pid=169631247

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  12. Curt was memorable to me because he was a good-looking guy. He looked good on camera - his hair, that coat, and great eyes. I like that I found out so much about him.

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  13. Cesare Curtis Claudio 8/28/48 to 12/22/81 Alameda Calf.VietNam Vet./US ARMY.Rest well brother. Destiny granted you a privilidge moment with an all great of music John Lennon. Rest well! you now belong to the ages same as John Lennon! GODSPEED TO BOTH!

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  14. On this date i remenber Claudio and began searching for him. It sadden me to know that he did not end well. He deserved better but that damn war has taken too many good people.Rest well Cesare Curtis Claudio. Thank you for your Honorable service to this ungreatful country. We the few appreciate you!

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  15. Keep on working, great job!

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  16. Hello. impressive job. I did not imagine this. This is a fantastic story.
    Thanks!

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  17. Regards for helping out, excellent info.

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