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John Lennon Complimented Paul McCartney Only Once!

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There is no songwriting partnership more iconic than John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The two of them as part of The Beatles completely changed the landscape of music. To back it up, they released countless songs that are etched into history and the minds and ears of fans. But, their personal relationship was strange, even though they were best friends. To take a guess, John Lennon only ever paid a compliment to Paul McCartney’s music once!

The one time John Lennon complimented Paul McCartney

John Lennon Complimented Paul McCartney Only Once!
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One would think that with the insane list of songs the two composed, they must be in awe of each other. Which I’m sure they were, but John Lennon was very hesitant in admitting it. In fact, he only ever did so “Once”, according to Paul McCartney. In an interview on 60 Minutes, McCartney recalled the time when Lennon paid him the only compliment he ever heard from him:

I think it was Revolver. Here, There, and Everywhere was one of my songs on it. And John said just when we finished it, “That’s a really good song that. I love that song”. I was like “Yes! Yes!”, you know. I’ve remembered it to this day. It’s pathetic really.

To be honest, Here, There, and Everywhere was a song that deserved every compliment it got. But, Paul McCartney himself was a lot more liberal when it came to complimenting John Lennon. However, there was one small prerequisite:

Yeah, I would tell him his stuff was great. You normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped.

They were very competitive too

I guess it’s a trademark of extraordinary people that they’re often competitive. And John Lennon and Paul McCartney were no exception to this rule. In the same interview, Paul McCartney admitted:

Yeah, we were competitive, yeah. Not openly, but we later admitted “yeah ,Paul’s written a good one there, I better get going.” And I would similarly “hmm, yeah that’s a little bit good alright. Here we go, come on”. He wrote Strawberry Fields, I would write Penny Lane. He’s remembering his old area in Liverpool, so I’ll remember mine.

If competition between these two iconic musicians gave us Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever, then it’s a competition we wholeheartedly endure. And it’s the reason why The Beatles made arguably the most iconic music of any band in history.

But, this relationship between the two was not to last for long. By the time the Beatles were close to breaking up, their relationship was strained, to say the least. When they were recording Let It Be, John Lennon even thought that Paul McCartney sabotaged his songs. That’s how low things had fallen. But, after the breakup, Lennon and McCartney reconciled. And that was a huge relief for McCartney, as Lennon was shortly assassinated afterward.


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