More than 50 years later, Sir Paul revealed his story of the breakup of the world’s most popular band
Paul McCartney said it was John Lennon, not him, who split the Beatles up.
The 79-year-old rocker put a decade-old story to bed that he left in 1970.
“I did not start the split. That was our Johnny, ”he said. “I’m not the person who started the split.”
It has long been known that he had announced his departure from the world’s greatest band in a press release on his debut solo album McCartney.
But he told the BBC, “Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said I was leaving the Beatles. And he said, ‘It’s pretty exciting, it’s more like a divorce.’ And then we had to pick up the pieces. “
When asked if the group could have continued if Lennon hadn’t called the time, Sir Paul admitted, “It could have been”.
He said, “The point really was that John was starting a new life with Yoko and he wanted to… lie in bed for a week in Amsterdam for peace. You couldn’t contradict that. It was the most difficult time of my life.
“That was my band, that was my job, that was my life. I wanted it to go on. I thought we were doing pretty good things – Abbey Road, Let It Be, not bad – and thought we could go on. “
The group had known for months that they would split up, but had to keep the decision a secret from the world.
Her new manager, Allen Klein, wasn’t a popular choice with Sir Paul and he went to the high court to make sure Klein couldn’t get access to her music.
“I had to fight and the only way to fight was suing the other Beatles for dating Klein,” he told Wilson. And they thanked them for it years later. But I did not instigate the split. “
Sir Paul’s full interview will be aired on BBC Radio 4’s This Cultural Life on October 23rd.