Paul McCartney, the co-lead vocalist and bassist of the British rock band The Beatles, tells the story of how he met the king of pop Michael Jackson while recalling the first time they made a record together in a rare interview revealed by an MJ fan channel on YouTube.

The Detail, a dedicated Michael Jackson channel, has put forth the up-and-down friendship of The Beatles icon, Paul McCartney, with one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century, Michael Jackson, beginning from the 80s.

In the compiled video, which was put together from several footages of McCartney opening up about Michael Jackson throughout the years, the phenomenal bass guitarist unveils that they met during the Christmas time. Paul remembers these days and says that when he was at home one day, his phone rang and a little voice talked to him.

Paul McCartney says that Michael originally rang him from a private number, asking if Paul wants to write some stuff with him. During the interview, McCartney explains that Jackson came over there to England to hang out with him.

Though it was quite a short session, two legends went into the studio and ended up writing two songs. Paul admits that they both were quite excited to work together because they fancied for a collaborative project so much.

Here’s what Paul McCartney said during the rare interview, recalling the first time he met Jackson:

“It’s Christmas and I was at home and my phone rang and a little voice talked to me and I said, ‘Who’s this?’ Kinda guarding my privacy. Private number. Michael originally rang me, said, ‘You want to make some hits?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, sure I do.’ So he came over and we agreed to meet here.

Michael originally fancied writing some stuff with me, and I thought it was a good idea. So he came over here to England. We just hung out for a little while and got to know each other a bit and ended up writing two songs.”

He continued:

“Because I was quite excited to write with him. He was quite excited to write with me. So we were popping off each other. So we just did it. It was quite a short session. So it was very nice.

We had a really good time. We made a couple of records together, did a video, and we’re very good friends. He’s a great fella. I mean, if you met him and stuff. He’s a good fellow to be around and he’s talented. So what more do you want?”

You can check out the rest of the interview below.