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It was 50 years ago that The Beatles broke up after a decade dominating the music scene. Over the years, fans have wondered if the Fab Four really had buried the hatchet after all their feuds. Now in a new interview, Sir Paul McCartney has shared how difficult it was and how he restored his friendship with John Lennon before his death in 1980.
Speaking on The Adam Buxton podcast, Sir Paul said: “During The Beatles break-up it was very difficult and I was getting blamed for it all and I knew I wasn’t to blame.
“But over the years I would drop in John’s place [in New York City].”
The 78-year-old shared how he would be what he felt was a typical Liverpudlian tendency of just showing up without prior warning.
It took Sir Paul a while to realise that wasn’t the done thing in New York and so John requested he ask in advance.
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Apart from the visits, Sir Paul would have regular chats on the phone with John.
He said: “We would talk on the phone…we had some great ordinary conversations that were very sort of endearing.”
Their conversations could be as normal as talking about baking bread at home, which saw them both exchange recipes with each other.
The 78-year-old remembered: “It was lovely, this was how it had been when we met with just a couple of guys chuntering on about insignificant stuff.”
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Sir Paul added: “So I was very happy to have got back our friendship, which The Beatles break-up had nearly ruined.
“But in actual fact, it all calmed down and in the end, I was friends with all the guys.”
In fact, in John’s final interview just hours before his tragic murder, the 40-year-old had some very kind words to say of his fellow Beatle.
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. 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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