The Beatles became music legends as “Fab Four”, but in 1970 it suddenly came to an end. To this day, many fans believe that Paul McCartney was to blame for the breakup. Now the musician is defending himself against this old rumor.
In 1970 the most famous, most successful and probably most influential band of the 1960s broke up. The end of the Beatles was a shock for fans back then – it is still a cause for wild speculation today. Many supporters of the iconic pop group from Liverpool have sworn for decades that Paul McCartney caused the split. After all, it was he who made the breakup of the band official in April 1970 – at the same time as the announcement of his first solo album.
But McCartney’s version of the story is different. In an interview with the BBC, which was partially published in advance, the 79-year-old described his view of things. So it wasn’t him, but John Lennon, who wanted to be the first to leave the band.
Paul McCartney clarifies how the separation came about
When McCartney was asked about his plans for a solo career at the time, the Briton responded clearly: “Stop there. I wasn’t the one who pushed the breakup. Oh, no, no, no.” Instead, the musician remembers an announcement from Lennon: “John came into a room one day and said, ‘I’m leaving the Beatles.’ Does that sound like a breakup or not? ” McCartney, on the other hand, regretted the end of the band, after all they had recorded “pretty good stuff” – he cited the last two albums “Abbey Road” (1969) and “Let It be” (1970) as examples.
“That was my band, my job, my life and that’s why I wanted to go on,” Paul McCartney clarified. He even described this phase as “the most difficult time of my life”. The musician also emphasized that it had bothered him that the impression arose that he had destroyed the Beatles.
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Following the separation, there were legal disputes. McCartney told the BBC that he hired lawyers to save the band’s legacy. The other band members, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, on the other hand, would have stuck to the, according to McCartney, “dodgy” new band manager Allen Klein. For his skepticism towards Allen Klein, he would have “thanked him the other years later. But I didn’t bring about the separation. That was our Johnny.”
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