Unless you are a Gudduda, you have heard of The Beatles.
And if you know about the Beatles, you have heard their music. Whether you like their songs or not is a personal, subjective matter – but you have heard them.
And if you know about them and have heard them, you know of John Lennon and Paul McCartney and George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Now, Paul McCartney is pissed off. He is pissed off that he is not getting his dues as a songwriter.
You see, the credits everywhere are mentioning it as John Lennon and Paul McCartney….even when a song was written solely by Paul McCartney.
As a wannabe creative person myself, I feel his pain.
In a recent interview, Sir Paul claimed that he has resigned himself to the fate as the unfortunate and tragic murder of Lennon changed the equation forever.
I agree once again (so much agreement with Liverpool is definitely injurious to health, but at least Sir Paul is an Evertonian, unlike Lennon who was allegedly an LFC)
Ever since that murder, Lennon has been basically beatified into sainthood – just like any other musician who dies before time….Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Pedo Jackson, 2Pac, Amy Winehouse etc.
Brilliant musicians all of them no doubt whatsoever, but paragons of virtues and deserving candidates to be sanctified they were not.
Its particularly galling for Sir Paul because he had a mini acrimonious break with Lennon and with Yoko Ono in the picture its further complicated.
“I said, ‘Could we have “By Paul McCartney and John Lennon,” wouldn’t that be a good idea?’ […] Particularly on that particular song, because the original artwork had ‘Yesterday’ by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and a photo of John above it. And I went, ‘Argh! Come on, lads!’ Anyway they wouldn’t do it.”
Well, when you write a song like Yesterday, you deserve all the credit that is possible and so its upsetting when you see someone else’s name and picture in the credits.
And what’s worse is knowing that you can’t do anything about it.
I feel his pain, and so being so helpful, I am giving you folks this reference of who wrote what (the biggest hits).
Paul: Long and Winding Road, Let it Be, Get Back, Back in the USSR, Blackbird, Hey Jude, Lady Madonna, Fool on the Hill, Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby, Got To Get You Into My Life, Paperback Writer, Michelle, Baby You Can Drive My Car, Yesterday
John: Ballad of John and Yoko, Come Together, Dear Prudence, Revolution, All You Need Is Love, I Am The Walrus, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever, Tomorrow Never Knows, Norwegian Wood, Help!
You are welcome.