Tags: beatles | yoko | blame | mccartney

The Beatles: Yoko Ono Shifts Blame for Split to Paul McCartney

Friday, 28 Dec 2012 05:30 PM

By Dale Eisinger

Yoko Ono has always been blamed for the breakup of the Beatles. But after more than 40 years of shouldering the guilt, she may be getting her name cleared of splitting up the most revered rock band of all time.
Previously unreleased interviews with music stars have shined a new light on the split of the Fab Four, including an interview with Ono, conducted by the famed Joe Smith for Rolling Stone, one of several released by the Library of Congress for public listening.
It's a commonly held belief that Ono’s appearance in John Lennon's life drove a spike between the band members because of Lennon's jealousy. As a result, the group split (along with Lennon's first marriage, though Ono wasn't the only factor). Until recently, Paul McCartney was often cited as resting the blame squarely on Ono, particularly for her presence during the famous "Abbey Road"sessions.
But in the 1987 interview with Ono — released along with sit-downs with the likes of George Martin, McCartney, and George Harrison, as well Dave Brubeck and Burt Bacharach — she claims that McCartney, the other main creative force behind the Beatles, was the primary reason the band split. She insinuates that McCartney was becoming overpossessive of his band mates.
"Each one of them [was] getting independent," Ono tells Smith. "John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo one night with Maureen and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George was next, and then John. Paul was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like."
Ono added that the breakup actually put a strain on her relationship with Lennon because he "expected all that to be replaced by me."

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Imagine Dragons Airplane Performance: Southwest Launches Contest

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 17:41 PM

Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons will do a live airplane performance at 35,000 feet aboard a Southwest Airlines fligh . . .

James Caan Files for Divorce for Third Time From Fourth Wife

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 16:54 PM

James Caan has filed for divorce from his wife, Linda Stokes, for the third time. . . .

Chicago Twins Sentenced to 14 Years for Drug Smuggling Operation

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 16:26 PM

Pedro and Margarito Flores, twin brothers in Chicago, were sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday for a drug smuggling  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved