The Beatles: Paul McCartney ‘hurt’ John Lennon by recording a song alone

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The Beatles are best known for their seemingly endless slew of hits. Over the course of the 1960s, and into the 1970s, the Fab Four created some truly iconic songs, including Let It Be, I Am the Walrus, and Hey Jude, to name just a few. Although George Harrison and Ringo Starr were excellent musicians and songwriters in their own right, John Lennon and Paul McCartney brought the band into the limelight by creating astounding music together, in what has been dubbed the Lennon-McCartney partnership.

Towards the end of the road for The Beatles in 1970, a lot of stress and conflict was reported between Lennon and McCartney.

Shortly after the release of album 12, Let It Be, the group disbanded, bringing the legendary era of The Beatles to an end.

A lot of rumours were spread at the time over who “split up The Beatles” with no real definitive answer at the ready.

But one thing which could have factored into the split was when McCartney wrote a song “alone” which seemed to really hurt Lennon in a profound way.

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In an interview with David Sheff in 1980, Lennon explained how McCartney’s recording of Why Don’t We Do It In The Road irked him.

McCartney apparently recorded the entire song in secret, on his own, by performing all of the drums, guitars, piano, and singing by himself.

Lennon explained: “That’s Paul. He even recorded it by himself in another room. That’s how it was getting in those days.”

It is obvious that the band were having problems at the time, according to Lennon’s remark.

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Going into more detail about the situation, Lennon said: “We came in, and he’d made the whole record. Him drumming, him playing the piano, him singing.

“But he couldn’t… maybe he couldn’t make the break from the Beatles. I don’t know what it was, you know. I enjoyed the track.”

Lennon then revealed that McCartney’s solo work always upset him in one way or another.

He continued: “Still I can’t speak for George, but I was always hurt when Paul would knock something off without involving us. But that’s just the way it was then.”

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McCartney himself later defended actions, saying in an interview that he and Ringo recorded the track in an attempt to keep busy.

He said: “There’s only one incident I can think of, which John has publicly mentioned.

“It was when I went off with Ringo and did Why Don’t We Do It In The Road. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, John and George were tied up finishing something, and me and Ringo were free, just hanging around, so I said to Ringo: ‘Let’s go and do this.’”

Still, there was no love lost between the musical duo, as revealed in an extremely recent interview with McCartney, held by Idris Elba.

Reminiscing about Lennon and their work together, McCartney said: “Me and John was special. We grew up, y’know, wrote our first little songs; got better together.

“So that was totally something else and you can’t repeat that, you can’t.”

This year marked the 40-year anniversary of Lennon’s murder on December 8, 1980.

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