And Finally

Yoko didn’t cause The Beatles split, says Macca

By | Published on Monday 29 October 2012

Paul McCartney

Yoko Ono was not responsible for causing The Beatles to split, whatever past histories of rock n roll may have otherwise led you to believe. Or so says Paul McCartney, in a new interview with David Frost to be broadcast by Al Jazeera’s UK channel next month.

McCartney says that it was Lennon’s changing view on the world, and on his creative output, that ultimately led to him wanting to end The Beatles in 1969, rather than any tensions caused directly by his relationship with Ono. He tells Frost in the interview: “She certainly didn’t break the group up – I don’t think you can blame her for anything”.

Ono did have a big influence on Lennon’s changing outlook, of course, though that in turn enabled some of his subsequent solo work to be conceived, McCartney reckons, including his former collaborator’s most famous solo track ‘Imagine’. Macca adds: “When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things. She showed him another way to be, which was very attractive to him”.