Paul McCartney Recalls Finding A Reggae Record Under Lennon & McCartney Partnership
One can see the direct influence of reggae on rock music through various bands, including the Police, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. However, as it turns out, there was also a reggae song credited to Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting partnership. In the liner notes of his upcoming box set ‘The 7” Singles Box,’ Paul McCartney revealed whether it was their effort.
“I’ve always found there’s something exciting about flicking through the crates in a record shop, looking for that next discovery,” wrote Paul McCartney in his foreword, revealing he enjoyed crate-digging in record shops in the past. “I still love it, and there are some cool independent record shops near my office in London.”
“Some of my happiest memories of buying 7-inch singles come from the Jamaican record shop that we used to go to when we were on holiday in Montego Bay,” recalled McCartney, disclosing that he also visited record stores in Jamaica to discover new music. “In the town, there was this place called Tony’s Records on Fustic Road. It was great. There were records you didn’t know what they were; they weren’t by established artists. So it was a great adventure, asking the guy behind the counter, ‘What’s this like? Is it any good?’”
The Beatles then remembered the time he discovered a song written under his songwriting partnership with Lennon. He humorously said, “There would be songs with titles like ‘Lick I Pipe.’ Another was called ‘Poison Pressure’ by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, written by Lennon & McCartney. I had to buy that one. Had they just recorded one of our songs? No. It was something completely different, and we all presumed it might be a couple of guys called Tony Lennon and Bill McCartney. Either that, or it was a total scam.”
Thus, although the details remain unknown, the Jamaican band Byron Lee’s Dragonaires had a song written by Lennon & McCartney in their catalog, titled ‘Poison Pressure.’ However, neither Paul McCartney nor his Beatles bandmates were aware of this, and the Jamaican band had not covered one of their songs. According to Macca, it was a scam unless the Lennon and McCartney in question were different people with the same surname as them.