The Beatles break up up again in 1970, bringing the largest band on the planet to an finish. Just ten years later one of many band’s key members, John Lennon, was murdered by Mark David Chapman in New York. To commemorate what would have been John’s 80th birthday, fellow Beatle Paul McCartney sat down with Lennon’s son Sean on BBC Radio 2 to speak concerning the legacy his father left behind.
During the interview the pair spoke intimately about John’s life, his early work in The Beatles, and certainly his relationships with different artists on the time.
However Sean was keen to talk about a few of his father’s lesser-known qualities.
One of those was that John was truly slightly insecure about elements of his voice when recording music.
Sean requested Paul: “I also heard that he was insecure about his voice, like I’ve heard that when he was doing the solo records he would turn his vocal down and then he’d go to the bathroom and come back and that engineers would have like snuck it back up.”
Sean continued: “It’s just funny that he had these sort of insecurities, although he also came across as very confident, didn’t he?”
Paul responded: “Yeah, precisely. Well, the boldness was the protect.
“I’d discovered that early on was that if in case you have difficulties in your life it will possibly form of go two methods. You can simply lie down and quit or you’ll be able to put a protect up and you’ll protect yourself from the world in that means.
“So from the minute I met John I knew that was what was going on, that he had this wit that would guard him from that.”
Going on to speak about his personal insecurities, Paul added: “The factor is, , insecurities, I believe so many individuals, I can not consider anybody who would not have insecurities, so I can relate to that.
“And I’m positive John wouldn’t assume it was nice sufficient. I keep in mind doing a vocal on Eleanor Rigby and saying to George Martin, ‘God, this is terrible, oh I’m horrible.’
“And I listen to it now and go: ‘Oh no, it’s pretty good. I like it.'”
Later within the interview Sean and Paul additionally spoke about The Beatles’ break up.
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Specifically, the pair mentioned whether or not the band members actually disliked each other when everything came to an end.
Talking concerning the Let It Be documentary, Sean requested: “You know rising up there was all the time this fantasy that issues have been a bit grumpy, or no matter, and there was this mythos across the movie and all the things.
“It’s very gentle hearted, you guys are joking round and having fun with yourselves, I believe – is that true? Do you assume it was a little bit of a fantasy?
“And that looking back, do you feel like, do you notice how much more fun it seemed or something, because I remember seeing in an interview with you saying.”
Paul replied: “I believe it was the truth that The Beatles have been breaking apart which was a really tough time for us. It was like a divorce.
“So it’s totally tough to gather your ideas and to only be jolly. And by the point Let It Be took place, that turned the story of the movie.
“And then that, coupled with the fact that we’d broken up, left a gloomy left a sort of cloud in the room.”
John Lennon at 80 is accessible on BBC Radio 2 on BBC Sounds.