Geoff Britton Opens Up About Working With Paul McCartney Right After The Beatles’ Breakup

Former Wings drummer Geoff Britton recently talked about working with Paul McCartney after the Beatles’ disbandment and described the experience as ‘quite something.’

After the Beatles’ dramatic breakup in 1970, the band members established their solo careers. For instance, John Lennon started releasing his solo songs and appearing with his partner, Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney formed Wings with his wife, Linda McCartney. The band went through some lineup changes, but the McCartneys and Denny Laine remained in the band until their disbandment.

The Beatles’ success was high, and trying to top that with Wings was futile for McCartney. However, they got their big break between 1975 and 1977 after the release of ‘Venus and Mars.’ Their 1977 single Mull of Kintyre became the best-selling single in the history of the UK. In 1981, 10 years after their formation and many lineup changes, the Wings disbanded.

Geoff Britton drummed for the Wings from August 1974 to January 1975, and recently he spoke about the experience. He stated that it was a great opportunity because of how highly the Beatles were regarded. Looking at McCartney’s back each time they were performing was a reality check for him. He called the Beatles geniuses, and being a part of one of their projects was ‘quite something.’

Here is what Britton said about working with McCartney:

“I gotta tell you when we were in Nashville for six weeks living together, rehearsing and recording. I’d be right behind him, touch him. I’d seen the Beatles live, and like everybody that era… they were just so enormous. For example, in the headlines on the paper, the nationals would be their backs, and you knew who they were referring to. They were just gigantic. So, I’m sitting there playing drums, and I’m looking at the back of Paul McCartney, and I gotta say it was a real kind of reality check, I think.

I only went along to the audition with my mate, who wasn’t even on the list. I nearly fell out with him to get him to fly, and I only went along to just really have a blow with Paul McCartney. I didn’t even think it would get that far, so I was really surprised. I got this great respect for the people, and I just thought they were so great, so creative. They’re geniuses in their own way, and sitting behind one and being a part of it, quite something.”

You can watch the interview below.