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2000-Apr-10: It was 30 years ago today...

Q: "Do you forsee a time when Lennon-McCartney becomes an active songwriting partnership again?"
McCartney: "No."

This was printed in a press release, enclosed with advance copies of Paul's first solo album "McCartney." which was due for release on April 17 - a couple of weeks before the final Beatles album "Let It Be" was finally released.

"The Beatles break up" - "Paul quits the Beatles" ... the media went wild. The general focus was on Paul - since the tone of his press release and the timing of the release of his album really put him into a bad position.

Fact is: Paul was the last one to leave the Beatles but the first one to announce it to the public. The Beatles as a group had long broken up. Ringo first left the group during the White Album sessions in 1968, John later that year, and George during the "Get Back" album sessions in January 1969. Only contractual reasons, it seems, made them record together again - the breakup was long overdue.

 


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