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2001-Oct-18: Sir Paul vs.Yoko and Jacko

During a candid radio interview with Howard Stern this morning, Sir Paul addressed a topic he usually only "discusses in private", his business dealings with Yoko Ono and Michael Jackson.

The Jackson began troubles began when Michael purchased the publishing rights to the Beatles' songs:

"I wrote [Jackson] a couple of letters and I said Michael, don't you think that even if I was just a writer on the payroll - after 30 years of being reasonably successful to this company that you now own, don't you think I could have a raise? " (Sir Paul, speaking in his best Michael Jackson voice, continued) "And [Jackson] said, 'Oh Paul, that's just business.' "
They haven't spoken since:
 "[Jackson] won't even answer my letters, so we haven't talked and we don't have that great a relationship .... I think [Jackson's] cash problems may be true. The trouble is I wrote those songs for nothing and buying them back at these phenomenal sums . . . I just can't do it."
Sir Paul further revealed that Yoko had a romantic interest in him, but when she learned he wasn't interested in her, she moved on to John Lennon, whom she later married.   The tensions increased when Sir Paul approaced her a few years ago with a request to switch the  songwriting credit on Yesterday from "Lennon/McCartney" to "McCartney/Lennon."  Yoko refused:
"This is probably one of the reasons we don't have a great relationship.  John's name was always in front and I said, 'Could we just on this one [song] just switch it, so it would say written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon?' And for one reason or another [Ono] said 'No.' It wouldn't have cost her any money. This is all legal stuff."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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