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Paul McCartney once said he had an ‘edge’ over John Lennon ‘musically’

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Paul McCartney and John Lennon have always had an unspoken rivalry when it comes to writing The Beatles’ music. Both were able songwriters and created a body of work that changed the music industry forever. However, in an interview marking Lennon’s 80th birthday on Oct. 8, 2020, McCartney claimed he had an “edge musically” over his beloved late bandmate. Here’s the surprising rationale for McCartney’s testimony.

In an interview for BBC Radio 2 to mark Lennon’s 80th birthday, Sean Ono Lennon interviewed those closest to his father including Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Sean’s first radio show about his father was a celebratory musical family portrait of the legendary musician. It shed new light on John’s remarkable life in music and delved into his incredible back catalogue.

Everyone explored Lennon’s life as a solo artist and collaborator. Sean spoke to McCartney about his personal and professional relationships. During their discussion, McCartney shared his thoughts on what he felt gave him an advantage over Lennon.

McCartney and Lennon came from similar working class backgrounds and hail from the same city, Liverpool, England. As such, the teens were exposed to many of the same musical influences. However, McCartney believed that one aspect of his upbringing allowed him to surpass Lennon when it came to making music with George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

“It might be true that musically I had an advantage because my father showed us some things. And I had learned the guitar chords a bit before John, but it wasn’t so much the sophistication; it was attitudes,” said the Beatles bassist.

“So my attitude would be, ‘This is what I want to do.’ And then John would bring another advantage. So the great thing was the combination of those two takes, and I look back on it like a fan now,” McCartney mused.

Lennon and McCartney became two of the most prolific songwriters of their generation. Her work influences musicians to this day. Over 200 songs are credited to Lennon and McCartney, NPR reported. Through an agreement struck before the Beatles rose to fame, Lennon and McCartney were given equal credit for songs each of them wrote while their partnership lasted, Salon reported.

Paul now looks back fondly on his and Lennon’s collaboration.

“You’re like, ‘Wow, how lucky was I to meet this weird teddy boy off the bus who turned out to make music like I did? And we come together!” he exclaimed. “Boy, we complemented each other.”

“It was a bit yin yang. They say opposites attract in marriage and I guess we weren’t that crazy opposite but I had some things John didn’t have and he had some things I didn’t have. So when you put them together, it made something special, and I think it was.”

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