Sir Paul McCartney looks back 'like a fan' on first time he met John Lennon
Sir Paul McCartney has opened up about the first time he met Beatles bandmate John Lennon, admitting he looks back “like a fan”. The 78-year-old singer spoke to Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon, 44, and widow Yoko Ono, 87,for a new BBC Radio 2 documentary commemorating John Lennon At 80. McCartney recounts the day on July 6 1957 when he was introduced to Lennon, then aged 16, in Liverpool. He said: “I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this strange teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!” © Provided by Yahoo! Entertainment UK LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Sir Paul McCartney performs live on s
© Bang Showbiz Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Sir Paul McCartney plays the unheard first song he wrote with John Lennon, 'Just Fun', in an upcoming interview to mark the late Beatles legend's 80th birthday.
To celebrate the occasion, Sean Ono Lennon - Lennon's son with Yoko Ono - interviews his dad's bandmate, McCartney, his godfather, Sir Elton John, and his half sibling, Julian Lennon, on BBC Radio 2 for the two-part documentary, 'John Lennon At 80', which airs on October 3 and October 4 between 9 and 10pm.
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And while speaking to Sean, 44, about writing with his father, the 'Let It Be' hitmaker plays a snippet of the track on the guitar.
'Just Fun' is believed to have been written in 1957, and opens with the lyric: "They say that our love is just fun / the day that our friendship begun."
The song was mentioned in the 1970 film 'Let It Be' and was written when the pair skipped school.
McCartney recalled: "There were a few songs that weren't very good ... you know, clearly young songwriters who don't know how to do it.
"Eventually, we started to write slightly better songs and then enjoyed the process of learning together so much that it really took off."
McCartney, 78, also spoke of first meeting "teddy boy" Lennon - who was shot dead outside his Manhattan apartment in December 1980 - in Liverpool, and how the pair "complemented each other".
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He said: "I look back on it now like a fan, how lucky was I to meet this strange teddy boy off the bus, who played music like I did and we get together and boy, we complemented each other!"
Elsewhere, Sean and Julian - whose mother is Lennon's first wife, Cynthia Lennon - shared how their father got them into music from an early age, how the music legend's final album, 'Double Fantasy', is "overwhelming" to listen to, and the day they found out their dad was a Beatle.
Helen Thomas, Head of Station at Radio 2, commented: "John Lennon is one of the Radio 2 audience's most popular and best loved musicians, so we're thrilled and honoured that Sean's first ever radio programme in which he talks at length about his father, alongside his brother Julian, Paul McCartney and Elton John, will be broadcast on our network."
'John Lennon at 80' will be broadcast on Radio 2 and BBC Sounds, and will be available to listen again on BBC Sounds for 30 days.
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Gallery: Without You: Remembering Avicii (BANG Showbiz)
Today (08.09.20) would have been Swedish DJ Avicii's 31st birthday.The producer - real name Tim Bergling - tragically took his own life in April 2018 while on holiday in Oman aged just 28.To remember the EDM legend and raise awareness of mental illness during Suicide Prevention Week, SiriusXM's BPM channel will host a week-long take-over called 'Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness'.Here is a look back at the incredible life and career of Avicii...
Avicii is born
Born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm Sweden, to Klas Bergling and Anki Liden, Tim Bergling began mixing music in his bedroom at just eight years old. He began making music at 16, and by 2007 he was signed by the Dejfitts Plays record label. Between 2009 and 2010 Bergling was a prolific producer, remixing tracks like ‘Sound of Now’, ‘Muja’, ‘Ryu’ and ‘Even’, but it was his 2010 track ‘Seek Bromance’ that saw him enter charts worldwide. At this point, in October 2010, he signed with EMI Music Publishing under the stage name Avicii, named after Avici, the lowest level of Buddhist hell.
Rise to fame with 'Levels'
In October 2011, 20-year-old Tim Bergling was catapulted to fame when his track ‘Levels’ reached the Top 20 across the world and number one in Norway, Sweden and Scotland. The hit had already played in clubs and at music festivals before this point under the name ‘ID’, but it wasn’t renamed ‘Levels’ until this point. An international success, the track got Avicii noticed at awards ceremonies. The track earned a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Song and Bergling was named Best Innovator, then in 2013 it was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys. As the EDM star said in his 2017 documentary, “With ‘Levels,’ everything just kind of took off”.
Debut album 'True'
Hit singles such as ‘You Make Me’ and ‘Wake Me Up’ meant Avicii's touring schedule was increased considerably. Avicii then turned his sights to his debut album, ‘True’. The LP, which included popular tracks ‘Addicted to You’ and ‘Hey Brother’, was an instant success, debuting at number two on the UK Albums Chart and reaching the top 10 in more than 20 countries. The same year, he was placed at number three on Forbes’ Highest Paid DJs list with $28 million in earnings. Later, in 2014, Avicii released a remixed version of the album titled ‘True (Avicii by Avicii)’.
Retirement from touring
In March 2016, at the age of just 26, Avicii announced that he was retiring from touring and 2016 would see his final tour and shows. The decision was based on his realisation that he wanted more out of life and wanted to reconnect with the Tim Bergling behind Avicii. He said, "I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realise that there’s so much I want to do with my life. “My choices and career have never been driven by material things. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me, I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
'Avīci (01)' EP
Bergling’s retirement from touring did not end his career. Far from it. Without the exhausting tour schedule, the DJ was able to focus on making music and he released his fourth EP, ‘Avīci (01)’ in August 2017. On his website, after the release, Bergling said “Last year I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio.” The six track EP was intended to be one of three which would make up his next album, but it turned out to be the last.
Avicii: True Stories documentary
Later that year, on October 26, 2017 Bergling’s documentary ‘Avicii: True Stories’ premiered in cinemas and became available on Netflix in the UK, US and Australia. Director Levan Tsikurishvili followed the EDM DJ over four years of his career, creating the documentary from behind-the-scenes footage, as well as Bergling’s family and personal archives. The film also featured appearances from colleagues and friends including David Guetta and Chris Martin, aiming to show the real Tim Bergling behind the award-winning DJ.
On April 20, 2018, news came that shocked the music world. Avicii had been found dead in Muscat, Oman, at the age of just 28. A cause of death was not immediately given, but later it was revealed as suicide. DJ David Guetta paid his respects to Avicii at the time, saying: “Something really horrible happened. We lost a friend with such a beautiful heart and the world lost an incredibly talented musician. Thank you for your beautiful melodies, the time we shared in the studio, playing together as DJs or just enjoying life as friends.”
Posthumous album 'Tim'
Avicii’s final album ‘TIM’ was released posthumously in June 2019, at the request of and with the blessing of Bergling’s parents, who wanted to see that their son’s music was heard. Following his retirement, Avicii returned to the studio and continued to work hard doing what he loved, making music. The 12-track album, ‘TIM’, was produced primarily with tracks Bergling had recorded between January and April 2018. Artists who had often collaborated with Bergling throughout this career, including Albin Nedler, Kristoffer Fogelmark and Vincent Pontare, were asked to complete the almost finished tracks.
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