Paul McCartney Recalls His Last Conversation With John Lennon
In his recent interview with Howard Stern, The Beatles’ Paul McCartney talked about his last conversation with John Lennon before his death. Despite the tension between them due to the conflicts following the band’s break up, their last words to each other were about something very domestic and ordinary.
After having a bad experience in creating their last work together, the Beatles saw their breakup coming. In 1970, John issued a legal document that terminated his contract with the band. However, the separation was not finalized until 1974 because McCartney sued the Beatles to save them from selling their creations to their new manager Alan Klein. McCartney was hated for this action, but he knew it was the only way to keep their ten-year legacy from falling into a stranger’s hands.
At the beginning of their career, before they got tired of all the media and the fan attention, the band members were close friends. Lennon and McCartney are still one of the most iconic duos in songwriting, and their relationship as friends weren’t anything less. However, after McCartney sued the band and due to other conflicts between the two, they were estranged.
McCartney’s recent interview with Howard Stern revealed that after being through everything, he had a conversation with Lennon before he unexpectedly died in December 1980. The iconic Beatle stated that he called Lennon, and they talked about their new hobby, baking bread. He noted that this topic wasn’t triggering for either as it was extremely ordinary, and he was glad to have spoken to Lennon before losing him forever.
Here is how McCartney talked about their last conversation:
“It was very special to me that we reached that point actually. Because you’d had the whole horrible thing of the group breaking up. I think we just realized, ‘Come on guys, we love each other. What are we doing? We’re messing around.’ I ring John, and I was baking bread and got quite good at it. So, when I heard John was doing it, it was great. We could just talk about something so ordinary.
There is no threat or anything. It was just two guys talking about ‘Well I don’t know, do you leave it overnight?’ Or ‘What do you do now?’ And someone says, ‘Yeah, I leave it overnight in a hot cupboard.’ And you just be chatting, and it was really nice. And I was so glad that we got back to that relationship that we always had when we were kids. We’d lived in each other’s pockets for so long that it was great to get back to that.”
You can listen to the full interview below.