Paul McCartney reveals it was John Lennon who wanted The Beatles broken up
There are few band breakups in all of human history that are as talked about as The Beatles. The day they decided to part ways, music changed forever. People talk about it to such an extent that even to this day, interviewers think asking about it to the surviving members of the band is pertinent. Very recently, Paul McCartney gave an interview too, in which he categorically revealed that it was John Lennon who wanted the Beatles broken up. Moreover, he also said that he didn’t want it to happen.
Paul McCartney sets the record straight
Decades after the infamous split, Paul McCartney just wanted to set the record straight again as to who actually broke up The Beatles. He said in an upcoming interview:
I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny.
For years, Paul McCartney was considered to be the Beatle who actually broke up the band. This was because he made the news public in a press release, in which he announced he was no longer working with the fab four. And due to that, people and fans alike conflated it with him instigating the breakup. But, he has now reiterated that it wasn’t him, saying:
Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I am leaving the Beatles. Is that instigating the split, or not?
Paul even felt the guilt of breaking up the band. For years, he thought perhaps it was him who had actually called off the band at first. Fans accused him of destroying the delicate balance of the group, and he had to struggle with that burden. But, after a lot of unlearning, he realized that it wasn’t him, continuing:
I had to live with that because that was what people saw. All I could do is say, no.
This isn’t the first time Paul McCartney has revealed that John Lennon broke up the Beatles. In a past interview with Howard Stern, Paul said the same thing.
The Beatles had a lot of infighting, but Paul still wanted the band to continue
It’s no secret that Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon were not getting along perfectly well. Despite the numerous differences, Paul still loved working in the band. In the 8 years they were together, they had created some immaculate music. And even in those final years, Abbey Road and Let It Be were still wonderful works of art. Thus, he still didn’t want the band to be broken up like this, saying:
This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.
Furthermore, Paul McCartney believes that had John Lennon not quit the band, the Beatles could have continued further. But, starting a new life with Yoko Ono, his then-wife, was his priority, as Paul continued:
It could have been. The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko. John had always wanted to sort of break loose from society because, you know, he was brought up by his Aunt Mimi, who was quite repressive, so he was always looking to break loose.
The band had actually broken up a few weeks before Paul’s press release. And that’s why there was so much confusion around how the Beatles actually broke up. It turns out that their then-manager Allen Klein had told the fab four to keep quiet about the split. And this was because of some business deals he was in. Paul McCartney continued:
So for a few months, we had to pretend. It was weird because we all knew it was the end of the Beatles but we couldn’t just walk away.
Allen Klein was the major reason for a rift between The Beatles
However, Paul eventually grew tired of the shenanigans and let it all out on April 10th, 1970. Klein is someone that Paul McCartney notoriously hated then and still despises to this day. He has said in the past that he caused a rift between him and the rest of the band members. At the time, Paul McCartney reveals that his actions really disgruntled him, saying:
Around about that time we were having little meetings and it was horrible. It was the opposite of what we were. We were musicians not meeting people.
And then, the Beatles breakup eventually became inevitable, but that was because of John Lennon. According to Paul McCartney:
(John) wanted to go in a bag and lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam for peace. And you couldn’t argue with that.
However, Paul McCartney still did not blame Yoko Ono for the breakup. He still believes John and Yoko were wonderful together, saying:
They were a great couple. There was huge strength there.
Paul McCartney also infamously sued the Beatles back in 1970 right after the split in London’s high court. He wanted the financial partnerships of the band dissolved after Klein took over the financial affairs of the Beatles. And to this day he defends his decision, saying:
I had to fight and the only way I could fight was in suing the other Beatles, because they were going with Klein. And they thanked me for it years later. But I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny coming in one day and saying ‘I’m leaving the group’.
A documentary on the fab four is coming soon
In other news, Paul McCartney also found some lyrics to an unrecorded Lennon-McCartney song titled Tell Me Who He Is. He hadn’t seen the song for over 60 years, but realized that they wrote it together when he found it, saying:
It was amazing to find this, It is my handwriting but I don’t know how it goes. It would have been a love ballad, rock thing. I would have probably had a tune to it. But you could not put things down. You didn’t have any recording devices so you had to remember them.
What was even more surprising was that Paul McCartney also found a long-lost radio play script which John wrote. He said:
For years I’ve been telling people that me and John wrote a play. It is quite a funny thing called Pilchard, and it is about the messiah, actually.
The interview will go live at BBC Sounds on October 23, along with Paul McCartney reading from his new book, Lyrics. This interview is also coming in time with Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary called The Beatles: Get Back, which focuses on the final days of the band when they were recording the album Let It Be. The documentary is set for release on November 23.