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I feel like a fan as I look back on ge­nius pal John says Paul

- By Paul Jeeves

PAUL McCart­ney ad­mits he “feels like a fan” when he looks back on his time in The Bea­tles with John Len­non. He tells Len­non’s son Sean in a ra­dio doc­u­men­tary timed for what would have been his dad’s 80th birth­day how they en­joyed learn­ing to write songs to­gether. Len­non was shot by Mark Chap­man out­side his New York apart­ment on De­cem­ber 8, 1980. John’s youngest son Sean in­ter­views his half- brother Ju­lian, Paul and his god­fa­ther El­ton John for the two- part Ra­dio Two doc­u­men­tary, John Len­non At 80. Paul, 78, said: “I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this strange teddy boy off the bus, who played mu­sic like I did and we get to­gether and boy, we com­ple­mented each other”.

Iconic

The pair wrote some of the most iconic mu­sic of the 20th cen­tury, but Paul ad­mits they didn’t strike gold in­stantly – per­form­ing a brief acous­tic ver­sion of a never- be­fore heard track that failed to make the grade called Just Fun. He added: “There were a few songs that weren’t very good… you know, clearly young song­writ­ers who don’t know how to do it. “Even­tu­ally, we started to write slightly bet­ter songs and then en­joyed learn­ing to­gether so much that it re­ally took off.” Although the Let It Be pe­riod has been de­picted as a grim time with the band frag­ment­ing be­fore their 1969 break- up, Paul says his rec­ol­lec­tions al­tered af­ter he re­cently dis­cov­ered footage of the record­ing ses­sions. They in­clude a photograph taken by his late wife Linda, of him and John writ­ing to­gether which showed “the strength of friend­ship”. Paul added that John’s out­ward con­fi­dence and quick wit was a shield to pro­tect him from the in­se­cu­ri­ties all per­form­ers har­bour. He added: “Wait a minute, there’s this guy John Len­non who’s like a ge­nius, clever, witty, con­fi­dent – why would he have in­se­cu­ri­ties? Be­cause we’re all frag­ile be­ings.” Len­non would have turned 80 on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 9 and Sean, now 44, talks with older brother Ju­lian, 57, about their fa­ther. Ju­lian re­calls his dad buy­ing him a gui­tar when he was around 11 years old and record­ing an early school gig which he sent to his fa­ther on cas­sette.

● John Len­non At 80 will be broad­cast on Oc­to­ber 3 and 4 from 9- 10pm on Ra­dio Two.

 ?? Pic­ture: GETTY ?? Yoko, John and Paul at the Yel­low Sub­ma­rine film pre­miere in 1968
Pic­ture: GETTY Yoko, John and Paul at the Yel­low Sub­ma­rine film pre­miere in 1968
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 ??  ?? Come to­gether... Sean Len­non, top, and Paul McCart­ney dis­cuss John
Come to­gether... Sean Len­non, top, and Paul McCart­ney dis­cuss John

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