On a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2 celebrating what would have been the 80th birthday of John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney has shared his memories of the first time that he met the late Beatles star.
Sir Paul revealed how the pair ‘complemented each other’ after he was introduced to John, at the age of 16, on July 6th, 1957, in Liverpool and how fortunate it was that they had bonded and created a legacy through their songwriting.
The new two-part documentary titled ‘John Lennon at 80′ will see Johns’ youngest son Sean Lennon speak to his half brother Julian, Paul McCartney, and Elton John about his father and his music career.
Speaking about his memories of meeting John, Sir Paul McCartney said: “I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this strange teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!”
However, Sean asked if there were any songs that he and John didn’t like or if they were just always great from the start.
Sir Paul replied: “There were a few songs that weren’t very good… you know, clearly young songwriters who don’t know how to do it.”
Sir Paul picked up his guitar during the interview and played an example, an excerpt of a Lennon-McCartney song that they never recorded called ‘Just Fun’.
He went on to say: “Eventually, we started to write slightly better songs and then enjoyed the process of learning together so much that it really took off.”
On the Radio 2 documentary, Sir Paul and Sean also discuss the ‘Let It Be’ period, which was the Beatles’ final studio album. The Beatles broke up soon after the album was recorded in 1970.
Sir Paul McCartney stated that he always thought it was a gloomy period until he saw some recently discovered footage of the recording sessions and saw a picture that was taken by his late wife Linda that reminded him of the strength of his and Johns’ friendship.
When Sean asked about any insecurities John Lennon had, Sir Paul revealed that his confidence was ‘a shield’.
The Beatles star added: “Wait a minute, there’s this guy ‘John Lennon’ who’s like a genius, clever, witty, confident, and everything, why would he have insecurities? Because we’re all fragile beings.”
John Lennon would have had his 80th birthday old on Friday, October 9th, 2020. He was shot dead by an obsessed fan Mark Chapman outside his New York apartment on December 8th, 1980, at the age of 40.
‘John Lennon At 80’ hosted by Sean Lennon will be broadcast on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October, 9-10pm on BBC Radio 2.