Paul McCartney recently said he still turns to his late friend John Lennon for guidance when it comes to songwriting.
McCartney appeared on the Australian TV show 7:30 to promote his tour there in October and November.
He said, “John’s input was very important” when [we were writing together]. These days, even when I’m writing [a] song, I will kind of check with him just mentally, y’know? ‘Does this suck, like I think it does? Right, let’s get rid of it, start again.’ …so I really miss that, and I know he missed [having songwriting] contact with me, too.”
The biggest example of that was with The Beatles' song "Hey Jude" when McCartney questioned the lyrics, “The movement you need is on your shoulder.” He told Lennon he would change it but Lennon disagreed, saying it was the best line in the song.
The Beatles finished recording tracks for the classic "Hey Jude" 55 years ago this week, on August 1st, 1968. One week later it was mixed and ready for release.
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