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Sir Paul McCartney talks about the first time he met John Lennon

‘I now look back on it as a fan’: Sir Paul McCartney talks about the first time he met John Lennon and how they ‘complemented each other’

Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment ‘as a fan’ and tells ‘how lucky’ he was to meet him.

The Beatles star, 78, revealed how the pair ‘complemented each other’ after being introduced to John, 16, in Liverpool on July 6, 1957.

The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, on the occasion of John Lennon At 80.

Frank: Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment 'as a fan' and described 'how lucky' he was to meet him

Frank: Sir Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment ‘as a fan’ and described ‘how lucky’ he was to meet him

Speaking of his memories of meeting John, Sir Paul said: ‘I now look back on it as a fan, how happy I was to meet this strange teddy boy from the bus playing music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other! ‘

However, the Hey Jude hitmaker revealed that “ there were a few songs that weren’t very good ” during his writing partnership with John.

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’.

Close: Hey Jude's hitmaker revealed that 'there were a few songs that weren't very good' during his writing partnership with John

Close: Hey Jude's hitmaker revealed that 'there were a few songs that weren't very good' during his writing partnership with John

Close: Hey Jude’s hitmaker revealed that ‘there were a few songs that weren’t very good’ during his writing partnership with John

Sir Paul picked up his guitar during the interview and played a sample of a Lennon-McCartney song called Just Fun that they never recorded.

“We ended up writing slightly better songs and then enjoyed the process of learning together so much that it really took off,” he continued.

Speaking of the Let It Be period, the Beatles’ last studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always thought it was a gloomy time until he saw a photo taken by his late wife Linda that reminded him of the power of their friendship.

Open: The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, (pictured) the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, on the occasion of John Lennon At 80

Open: The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, (pictured) the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, on the occasion of John Lennon At 80

Open: The singer-songwriter spoke to Sean Ono Lennon, 44, (pictured) the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, on the occasion of John Lennon At 80

Band: The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John's insecurities, revealing that his confidence was a 'shield'

Band: The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John's insecurities, revealing that his confidence was a 'shield'

Band: The Help! singer also spoke candidly about John’s insecurities, revealing that his confidence was a ‘shield’

The help! singer also spoke candidly about John’s insecurities, revealing that his trust was a ‘shield’.

He said, ‘Wait a minute, there is a man’ John Lennon ‘who is like a genius, smart, witty, confident and all, why should he have insecurities? Because we are all vulnerable beings. ‘

Sean also spoke to his godfather Sir Elton John, who revealed that he had cycled 8 miles to get a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London.

Fan: Sir Elton John revealed he cycled 8 miles to get a copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London

Fan: Sir Elton John revealed he cycled 8 miles to get a copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London

Fan: Sir Elton John revealed he cycled 8 miles to get a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in Hatch End, North West London

Tiny Dancer’s 73-year-old hitmaker, who performed with John at Madison Square Garden in what would become his last performance, said, “ When I met your dad, I felt like I had known him all my life and that’s it biggest compliment I can pay him. ‘

John was murdered on December 8, 1980 at the age of 40 by the obsessed fan Mark Chapman outside his New York apartment.

The two-part documentary presented by his youngest son Sean is on the occasion of John Lennon’s 80th birthday on Friday, October 9.

John Lennon At 80 will be broadcast on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October from 9pm to 10pm on BBC Radio 2.

Group: Speaking of the Let It Be period, the Beatles' last studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always thought it was a gloomy time until he saw a photo taken by his late wife Linda

Group: Speaking of the Let It Be period, the Beatles' last studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always thought it was a gloomy time until he saw a photo taken by his late wife Linda

Group: Speaking of the Let It Be period, the Beatles’ last studio album, Sir Paul revealed that he always thought it was a gloomy time until he saw a photo taken by his late wife Linda

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