John Lennon’s Warning To Paul McCartney About Yoko Ono
Famous musicians sometimes fail to draw the attention of journalists and fans with their musical talents and projects despite their success on the charts and quality. There is one thing that everyone wonders about; their personal lives, which means their affairs, and past and ongoing relationships. Things get spicy when both sides of the relationship are successful and famous, and the music industry is full of these kinds of examples.
The most known ones can be Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Hole’s Courtney Love, Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, Sonny and Cher, and of course, The Beatles’ John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono. They were criticized and targeted by some people because of various reasons, but there’s no doubt that Lennon and Ono became an iconic couple. Let’s learn more details about Lennon and Ono, along with his bandmate Paul McCartney’s contribution to it.
How Did John Lennon Meet Yoko Ono?
The story of this tumultuous relationship began when John Lennon came to the Indica Gallery in London on November 9, 1966. Ono was there to work on her conceptual art exhibit, and it was described as love at first sight. However, the musician was married to Cynthia Powell, which turned their relationship into a controversial one. In addition, Paul McCartney told a part of that story that most people didn’t know anything about.
In his interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Paul McCartney clarified the situation, saying that Ono was at his house before meeting Lennon for an avant-garde event with John Cage for a charity event. During their conversation, the artist wanted some Beatles lyrics and manuscripts, probably to use for one of her projects. McCartney wasn’t willing to give her anything, so he mentioned a friend who could help her, meaning John.
In McCartney’s words, he said:
“So I was the one who introduced John, originally, to a lot of that stuff. In fact, not many people know this, but Yoko came to my house before she met John. There was a charity thing – it was rather avant-garde, something to do with John Cage or something – and she wanted lyrics, manuscripts.
I hate to tell you, but I didn’t want to give her any of my lyrics –selfish, or whatever, but I didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘But there’s a friend of mine who might want to help – my mate, John.'”
Bearing in mind that many people blame Yoko Ono for the Beatles’ disbandment, some fans were frustrated to hear that Macca was the one who brought Ono and Lennon together. However, it should be noted that both McCartney and the other Beatles members have stressed that it was not Yoko Ono’s fault as many factors led to the Beatles’ disbandment.
Why Did John Lennon Warn Paul McCartney?
McCartney’s suggestion to reach out to Lennon about the lyrics can be considered the first connection between the famous couple, who would start a relationship soon after. During the same conversation, the Beatles icon also revealed that they were madly in love, and Lennon was a little insecure about himself. Paul McCartney stated that Lennon warned him not to flirt with Ono, which the bassist hadn’t even considered.
Paul McCartney said the following:
“I kind of put her on to John, and then they really hit it off – it was like a wildfire, you know? John was certainly in love. a little insecurely in love, ’cause he warned me off Yoko – sort of said, ‘Look, no, no.’ Because he knew I was a bit of a lady’s man – I liked the girls, no doubt about that. I said, ‘Yeah, okay.’ I mean, I wasn’t about to, but he didn’t know that.”
Macca drew attention to the fact he never intended to be closer with Ono, even though he was known for his never-ending interest in young and beautiful women. Shortly after Yoko and John’s meeting and the singer’s warning, McCartney came across and fell in love with famous photographer Linda Eastman who would be his wife soon after.