Paul McCartney is now opening up about the tough times after the Beatles split in 1970. In fact, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said he didn’t even know what to do next. “I was depressed. You would be. You were breaking from your lifelong friends,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes.
McCartney also addressed the reason for the split, saying, “The business thing split us apart,” referring to a new manager and new business practices for the release of “Let It Be,” the band’s final record together.
After the breakup, McCartney added, he wasn’t sure “whether I was still going to continue in music.” Fortunately for the music world, he ended up recording upward of 25 studio albums post-Beatles.
He dropped his most recent album, “New,” in 2013, and he has worked with modern greats like Kanye West, about whom McCartney said, “People says he’s eccentric … which you’d have to agree with. He’s a monster. He’s a crazy guy that comes up with great stuff.”
McCartney said that over the years, he kept in touch with fellow Beatle John Lennon before his death in 1980.
“I would make calls to John occasionally. We just talked kids and baking bread,” he added.
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Paul McCartney has never been one to mince words, especially about his famed Beatles bandmates. When asked about the meaning of the 1965 song “Help” and how it related to John Lennon, he told Billboard, “looking back on it, John was always looking for help.”
McCartney expanded on what haunted the musician who tragically died in 1980.
“He had [a paranoia] that people died when he was around: His father left home when John was 3, the uncle he lived with died later, then his mother died. I think John’s whole life was a cry for help,” he added.
On how the song “Help” came together, McCartney said, “We finished it quite quickly; we went downstairs and sang it to John’s wife at the time, Cynthia, and a journalist he was friendly with called Maureen Cleave. We were very pleased with ourselves.”
Another song that even the most casual Beatles fan knows is “Hey Jude” in 1968. It’s famously inspired by Lennon’s son Julian.
“I was on the way to see him after John and Cynthia got divorced, and because I was good friends with [Julian], it came into my mind: ‘Hey, Jules, don’t make it bad,’ ” he added. “It’s a song of hopefulness.”
Obviously Jules was changed to Jude and the rest is history.