Beatles star John Lennon died on December 8, 1980. The singer, who had written songs like Imagine, Strawberry Fields and Help!, was murdered outside the hotel where he lived, The Dakota, in the city of New York. He died after being shot five times, at the age of 40. Later, Paul McCartney recalled what would be the last time he spoke to Lennon, just a few weeks before his assassination.
Towards the end of The Beatles’ time together, Lennon and McCartney exchanged some harsh words. Their feud grew as the band began to wane around them, and claims were made about Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, breaking up the band.
But over the next ten years, things between the couple had mended. As lifelong friends, they were never going to remain such bitter enemies. And McCartney recalled that his final conversation with Lennon was another example of how comfortable they were with each other.
McCartney told Howard Stern in 2021 that their final conversation wasn’t about music or their feud, or even about women or religion, but about something much more normal.
He said, “I call John, and he was making bread and I got pretty good at it, so when I heard John was making it [baking]It was great.” Yes, Lennon and Macca’s last conversation was about making bread at home.
McCartney recently duetted with Lennon while performing at Glastonbury 2022. As he headlined the prestigious festival, an HD video of the bespectacled star played behind him, allowing the pair to sing together once again.
But shortly after Lennon’s death, McCartney received a lot of criticism. On the day of Lennon’s death, a reporter asked McCartney how he felt about it. Apparently, he replied lightly: “Drag, right?”
Years later, McCartney explained what frame of mind he was in when he made this unexpected comment. He said that he noted that he, like the rest of the world, was in complete shock. He said: “We heard the news that morning and, strangely enough, all of us…all three Beatles, friends of John…we all reacted the same way. Separately. Everyone went to work that day. All of us “. No one could stay home with that news. We all had to go to work and be with people we knew. I could not stand it. We just had to keep going.”
Looking back on his comment, he continued: “So I went in and did a day’s work in kind of a shock. And when I was leaving the studio later, there was a reporter, and as we were walking away, he just stuck his microphone in the window. and yelled, ‘What do you think of John’s death?’ I had just finished a whole day in shock and I was like, ‘This is a bummer.'”
McCartney clarified, “I meant drag in the truest sense of the word, you know, ‘It’s a DRAG.’ But, you know, when you look at that in print, it says, ‘Yeah, it’s a drag.’ Matter of fact.”
Since then, he has pointed out that he and Lennon loved each other, even if they never said it out loud. “As 16- and 17-year-olds from Liverpool, you could never say that,” he explained. “It just wasn’t done.”
McCartney added: “So I never just said, ‘John, I love you, man.'” I never got to do it. Now it’s great to realize how much I love this man.”
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