Paul McCartney Addresses Yoko Ono’s Influence On The Beatles’ Disbandment
Paul McCartney made an appearance on BBC Radio 4 for the interview series This Cultural Life, and he talked about Yoko Ono‘s influence over John Lennon when he decided to leave The Beatles.
Formed in 1960, the Beatles greatly influenced the 1960s counterculture, and they were the leading figures of the sociocultural movements. In 1980, the band’s iconic frontman John Lennon was shot and killed, and George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001. However, McCartney and Ringo Starr are still active in the music scene. Although they are no longer active as a band, the Beatles continue to influence the music scene and have a worldwide audience.
Following The Beatles’ final concert on 29 August 1966, Lennon increased his drug use. Although the band continued to do musical projects, they became involved more in business activities and formed Apple Corps. Moreover, Lennon’s focus shifted towards his new girlfriend, Yoko Ono, and he wanted her next to him even in the studio.
On the other hand, their manager Brian Epstein died in 1967, McCartney’s domineering role caused tension between the band members, and they couldn’t agree on how they should run their Apple Corps. These factors resulted in the break-up of The Beatles in 1969.
Before their disbandment, the band members had started focusing on their solo careers instead of working together. Although Paul McCartney was often blamed for the band’s break-up, he now claims that the reason was John Lennon. In his recent conversation with BBC Radio 4, Paul even claimed that he wanted the Beatles to continue as the band was his job and his life.
According to Paul McCartney, he was not the one who instigated the split. He stated that it was Lennon who told him he was leaving the band. McCartney then added Lennon was making a new life with his wife Yoko Ono and wanted to distance himself from society. Moreover, the musician noted that he doesn’t imply that Ono was responsible because they were such a great couple.
As reported by the Guardian, Paul McCartney told BBC Radio 4t:
“The Beatles was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.“
Asked about his decision to pursue a solo career, McCartney said:
“Stop right there. I am not the person who instigated the split. 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?”
Talking about Lennon’s main interest in those days, he added:
“The point of it really was that John was making a new life with Yoko Ono. John had always wanted to sort of break loose from society because, you know, he was brought up by his Aunt Mimi, who was quite repressive, so he was always looking to break loose.
They were a great couple. There was huge strength there.”
Although McCartney was often blamed for The Beatles’ disbandment, it appears that he disagrees. According to the musician, he didn’t instigate the split since Lennon came in one day and said he is leaving the band.