Cheat Sheet’s Eric Schaal published a recent article about The Beatles’ icons John Lennon and George Harrison and revealed the details of how and why Geroge and Lennon’s long-time friendship fell apart.
According to the Cheat Sheet, everything has started with John and George’s they are started using LSD and Yoko Ono’s entering the picture in 1968.
Here is the original story:
“On top of the strain Yoko’s presence had on relationships between the band members, George resented John’s lack of respect for his improving songwriting abilities.
The following January (’69), the tensions led to what producer George Martin described as a fistfight between John and George during the Let It Be sessions. However, by early 1970, they had joined Ringo in an alliance against Paul McCartney.
After the Beatles breakup, John and George remained friends and recorded together on John’s Imagine album. But their friendship fell apart as the ’70s dragged on. When John died, the two old friends from Liverpool were on bad terms.”
In the summer of 1971, John was on the side who wanted George to play with the band. But George didn’t want Yoko to play the show.
Here is the rest of the story:
“There are varying accounts of why she didn’t play, but some described George as not wanting any avant-garde music. John and Yoko later offered different versions of the story, but the bottom line is the couple did not play the benefit.
To George, you could see how he’d consider it a bit of a snub, considering he’d just played on John’s Imagine album, which included the takedown of Paul on “How Do You Sleep?” Obviously, John also had the right to think George snubbed him for excluding his wife.
Either way, this event marked a turn for the worse in the old bandmates’ friendship. Years later, John still harbored resentment about it. But John became even more offended when George didn’t mention him in his book.“
Here is what John said about his absence in George’s book:
“By glaring omission in the book, my influence on his life is absolutely zilch and nil. In his book, which is purportedly this clarity of vision of each song he wrote and its influences, he remembers every two-bit sax player or guitarist he met in subsequent years. I’m not in the book.”
And here is the end of the story:
“John didn’t stop there. He described their early relationship as one of leader (John) and disciple (George). John even compared George to the fans that hung around his New York apartment building hoping to make contact with him and Yoko.
Considering George didn’t write much about the other Beatles (or anything else) in I Me Mine, you could argue John took it too personally. Nonetheless, that how he reacted to the book, and he took several other shots at George because of it.
When he was murdered late in 1980, John hadn’t reconciled with George. But George’s tribute song “All Those Years Ago” answered questions about how he felt when it came down to it. “You were the one who imagined it all,” George sang. “All those years ago.”
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