Sir Paul McCartney has opened up about his reunion with Beatles bandmate John Lennon, before his death.
The Come Together stars had a well-documented feud during their time in the group – also made up of George Harrison and Ringo Starr – when the late star announced he was leaving, in 1969.
Discussing their relationship in a 1971 interview, he insisted that he couldn’t ever see himself working with his bandmate ever again.
But Sir Paul, 78, revealed they managed to put their difference behind them before John’s untimely dead, in 1980.
Speaking to his son, Sean Ono Lennon, for Radio 2’s John Lennon at 80 series, he explained it would have been a ‘heartache’ for him if they hadn’t patched their bond up.
‘I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really … that even after all of that, I’m so happy that I got it back together with your dad,’ he said.
‘It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn’t have reunited. It was so lovely that we did and it really gives me sort of strength to know that.’
Recalling their work relationship, he continued: ‘You think, “Wow, how lucky was I to meet this strange Teddy boy off the bus who turned out to play music like I did. And we get together!”
‘Boy, we complemented each other. It was a bit ying yang. They say with marriages opposites attract and I think we weren’t like madly opposite, but I had some stuff he didn’t have, and he had some stuff I didn’t have.
‘When you put them together it made something extra, which I think was this.’
After a decade of delighting fans around the world, and blessing us with hits including Hey Jude and Here Comes The Sun, the Beatles eventually went their separate ways in 1970, a decade after they first hit the scene.
And Sir Paul compared their break-up to a divorce, with their final song – Let It Be – feeling like a gloomy ‘cloud’.
‘You know what I think it was, I think it was the fact that The Beatles were breaking up, which was a very difficult time for us, it was like a divorce, you know,’ he added. ‘So it’s very difficult to collect your thoughts and to just be jolly.
‘By the time Let It Be came about that became the story of the film. And then that coupled with the fact that we’d broken up, left it a gloomy … sort of cloud in the room, and I’d always bought into that.
‘For years when people say, “Oh,” about Let It Be I go, “Yeah, you know, I didn’t really like it because it was such a gloomy period.”’
As well as Sir Paul, Sean will also be speaking to Sir Elton John and brother Julian Lennon to discuss John’s impact on the world.
John Lennon At 80 airs 3 – 4 October, at 9pm, on BBC Radio 2 and will be available on BBC Sounds.
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