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Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s songwriting partnership is the most successful in music history, but the pair of Liverpudlian lads didn’t always see eye to eye. Following The Beatles’ break-up 50 years ago, fans always wondered if the band would ever reunite and if the feuds among the Fab Four had well and truly ended. Now in a new interview, Sir Paul has shared how he takes comfort in having made up with John.
Sir Paul, who was promoting his new solo album McCartney III, said: “We had certainly got our friendship back, which was a great blessing for me,
“And I now will often think, if I’m writing a song, ‘OK, John — I’ll toss it over to you.
“What line comes next?’ So I’ve got a virtual John that I can use.”
Asked if The Beatles would have ever had a reunion or worked together again, the 78-year-old admitted it could well have happened.
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Speaking with The Sunday Times, Sir Paul said: “We made a decision when the Beatles folded that we weren’t going to pick it up again.
“So we switched off from the Beatles. You talk about something coming full circle that is very satisfying; let’s not spoil it by doing something that might not be as good.
“It was a conscious decision to leave well enough alone, so I don’t really think we would have. But who knows? We could have.”
Tragically John Lennon was assassinated 40 years ago this week.
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John was only 40-years-old and so has now almost been gone as long as he was alive.
And during his final hours, he told his last interviewer how Paul was like a brother to him.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, Kenneth Womack, the author of John Lennon 1980: The Last Days In The Life, confirmed the two were made up by 1980.
Womack said: “I do think so. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
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The author continued: “I think they were good in the ways they needed to be.”
He pointed out how Lennon had basically expressed this during his final interview with San Francisco DJ Dave Sholin.
Womack said how Sholin had told him: “God, I wish I’d recorded [John talking about Paul].”
But the interviewer has recounted what Lennon said to him about McCartney and it’s really quite touching.
Lennon said of McCartney, just hours before his death: “He’s like a brother. I love him.
“Families, we certainly have our ups and downs and quarrels.
“But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I would do anything for him. I think he would do anything for me.”
Womack commented: “I imagine Paul finds great solace in that.”
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