The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney spoke in an interview with Sharyn Alfonsi of CBS News and admitted his competition with late singer John Lennon.
Were you guys competitive, writing with each other? Or did you complement each other?
“Me and John? Yeah, we were competitive, yeah. Not openly, but we– we later admitted, “Yeah, you know, so Paul’s written a good one there, I better get going.” And I would similarly– “Hmm, that’s a bit good, right, here we go, come on.” If he’d have written “Strawberry Fields,” I would write “Penny Lane.” You know, and it’s– he’s remembering his old area in Liverpool, so I’ll remember mine.”
Then the conversation continued as follows:
Sharyn Alfonsi: And when that happened, did you compliment each other?
Paul McCartney: Once—
Sharyn Alfonsi: One time–
Paul McCartney: –John gave me a compliment.
Sharyn Alfonsi: In how many years? (LAUGH)
Paul McCartney: It was only once, the whole time. No, I think it was “Revolver,” but it was “Here, There and Everywhere” was– was one of my songs on it.
Paul McCartney: And– but John says, just when it finishes, “That’s a really good song, lad. I love that song.” I was like, “Yes, he likes it.” You know, and I– I’ve remembered it to this day. It’s pathetic, really.
Sharyn Alfonsi: Did you ever heap praise on him?
Paul McCartney: Yeah, I would tell him his stuff was great. You’d normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped.
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