When Paul Mccartney, Ringo and George Harrison were recording John Lennon’s song Free As A Bird back in 1995, they all sensed the playful presence of the dead Beatles member with them in the studio.
Paul said: ‘There were a lot of strange goings-on in the studio - noises that shouldn’t have been there and equipment doing all manner of weird things.’
He also believes that John appeared in the form of a white peacock. Mccartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were posing for a photograph outside the studio when an extremely white peacock wandered into the shot right at the last minute!
‘I said to the other guys, ‘That’s John!’ Spooky, eh? It was like John was hanging around. We felt that all the way through the recording.’
Later, Paul said that John made his presence felt on the single. ‘We put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the single for a laugh, to give all those Beatles nuts something to do. I think it was the line of a George Formby song. Then we were listening to the finished single in the studio one night, and it gets to the end, and it goes, ‘zzzwrk nggggwaaahhh jooohn lenon qwwwrk.’ I swear to God. We were like, ‘It’s John. He likes it!’’