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Paul McCartney insists John Lennon broke The Beatles up

For decades fans believed that Paul McCartney was the one who broke up The Beatles, but McCartney has now set the record straight.

During an interview for the BBC Radio 4 interview series "This Cultural Life," Sir Paul insisted that John Lennon was to blame for the split. Sir Paul said, “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny.”

McCartney added, “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”

Paul was then asked about his decision to go solo and the music legend said, “Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split.” He added, “Oh no, no, no. John walked into a room one day and said, ‘I am leaving the Beatles.’ Is that instigating the split, or not?”

McCartney went on to say that for a while they “had to pretend” and keep quiet about the split as manager Allen Klein finished several business deals.

Paul said, “It was weird because we all knew it was the end of The Beatles but we couldn’t just walk away,” he said, noting he eventually “let the cat out of the bag” because “I was fed up of hiding it.” 

During the interview, Paul also talked about writing a radio play with Lennon.

He said, "It was amazing to find this. It is my handwriting but I don’t know how it goes. It would have been a love ballad, rock thing. I would have probably had a tune to it. But you could not put things down. You didn’t have any recording devices so you had to remember them.”

Talking about the play, McCartney said, "It is quite a funny thing called Pilchard, and it is about the messiah, actually. ”Paul said the four pages of dialog for the play centered on a mother and daughter and their “mysterious lodger upstairs.”

One final bit of Beatles news:John Lennon's classic "Imagine" has been certified triple platinum as of what would have been Lennon’s 81st birthday (last Saturday, October 9th).

Yoko Ono said, “John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time.

[Source: Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep, Classic Hits Today]

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