Paul McCartney recalled John Lennon’s ‘shocking’ words in memory of himself

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Paul McCartney and John Lennon were two of the greatest musicians in rock history. Be the core members of the rock band The Beatles, McCartney and Lennon are considered the pioneers of rock and roll.

One of these two great artists, Paul McCartney, tops the list that names the richest rockstar in the world. Although he is known for his contributions to The Beatleswhich includes 21 studio albums, 54 compilation albums, 6 live albums, 36 extended plays and more, the 79-year-old rocker has achieved tremendous things during his solo career, which he has started after the dissolution of The Beatles in 1970 and released 18 solo studio albums.

On the other hand, John Lennon was an English singer who became known worldwide with his works with The Beatles until his death on December 8, 1980. He was the band’s co-vocalist, founder and rhythm guitarist between 1960 and 1969, but proved himself as a solo musician as well as Paul McCartney. As a solo musician, he released five studio albums and received positive reviews.

Although McCartney and Lennon did unique things side by side, they were living proof that opposites attract. Have dissimilar personalities with each other, Lennon fired missiles at McCartney with his solo songs, like McCartney explained the main reason he ended up writing songs with Lennon.

Paul McCartney recalls John Lennon’s ‘shocking’ words in memory of himself

However, in 2001, McCartney had revealed Lennonshocking words that greatly surprised him. Saying there was revisionism that happened shortly after Lennon deceased, Paul confessed to being surprised by some comments that said Lennon was the only member of The Beatles.

“The minute John died, there was revisionism,” Paul noted. “There were weird quotes, like, ‘John was the only one in the Beatles’ or ‘Paul booked the studio.’

“I don’t want to go into who said what, but it was attributed to someone who knew a lot more.”

In the following, McCartney mentioned the time Lennon criticized him with his classic song Yesterday. Claiming it was built in insecurity, Paul added that he tried to ignore her words.

“’John was the Mozart; Paul was the Salieri,” he adds. “Like, John was the real genius, and I was just the guy who sang ‘Yesterday’ – and I was lucky to do that. Even with John in that song [‘How Do You Sleep‘]when he sang, ‘The only thing you did was ‘Yesterday’.’

“I tried to ignore it, but it turned into insecurity. People were like, ‘Paul, people know.’ I said, ‘Yes, but what about fifty years in the future?’ If this revisionism gets out there, a lot of kids will say, ‘Did he have a band before Wings?’ There may come a time when people won’t know.

Final, Paul reminded Lennonwords that shocked him. According to Paul, Lennon asked him that he was worried about his memory. Admitting he was clearly shocked, McCartney revealed that he told Lennon he was awesome.

“It wasn’t until after we stopped working together that it even came to light — the whole idea of ​​who wrote what,” he continued.

“Really, John once said to me, ‘I wonder how I will be remembered.’ I was a little shocked. I said, ‘I’ll tell you how you’ll be remembered: you’re awesome. But you won’t be here. It won’t matter to you, so don’t worry. Don’t do it. And I thought, ‘Why did he get into this?’ But now I understand.

Paul McCartney’s Recollection of The Beatles’ Reaction to John Lennon’s Relationship With Yoko Ono

In November 2021, McCartney had revealed what the Beatles thought of John Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono. Reveal how their relationship has affected The BeatlesMcCartney had said that they were not at all enthusiastic about their relationship.

“At the time, it was very difficult because we knew John was in love with Yoko,” he says. “And having known John personally for so long, I knew what he liked in a woman.

“And he liked strong women. His Aunt Mimi, who mainly raised him, was quite a strong woman and I think he liked that. In his family, there were quite a few strong women. Some of her aunts were strong and very opinionated.

“So when he met Yoko, I think he was very attracted to her and I think it was a good thing for him. I think he needed it. It was time to let go and therefore to new things and I knew it was exciting for him.

“But at first it was… we didn’t like it at all,” McCartney keep on going. “It was like, who is this and why is she sitting on my amp?

“And for me, this has been my job and my art world for a number of years, and having known John since we were teenagers together up to this point, to finally end, it was very difficult.

“The first question was, what do I do now?”


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