Lennon and McCartney on the Songwriting Process and Songs Written for Others – Beatles Interview



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Lennon–McCartney (also written Lennon/McCartney) is a songwriting partnership between John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles. It is one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations in history. Between 1962 and 1969, the partnership published approximately 180 jointly credited songs, of which the vast majority were recorded by the Beatles, forming the bulk of their catalogue.

Unlike many songwriting partnerships that comprise separate lyricist and composer, both Lennon and McCartney wrote words and music. Sometimes, especially early on, they would collaborate extensively when writing songs, working “eyeball to eyeball”. Later, it became more common for one of the two credited authors to write all or most of a song with limited input from the other. However, by an agreement made before the Beatles became famous, Lennon and McCartney agreed to share equal writing credit on songs that either one of them wrote while their partnership lasted.

Lennon–McCartney compositions have been the subject of numerous cover versions. According to Guinness World Records, “Yesterday” has been recorded by more artists than any other song.

Lennon–McCartney was officially dissolved at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World, Florida. The exact location is not known, as May Pang (Lennon’s girlfriend and assistant at the time) cannot recall it. A young Julian Lennon was also present, but can’t recall it either.

From May Pang’s memoirs:

John, Julian and I left New York the following day to spend Christmas in Florida. On December 29, 1974, the voluminous documents were brought down to John in Florida by one of Apple’s lawyers. “Take out your camera,” he joked to me. Then he called Harold to go over some final points. When John hung up the phone, he looked wistfully out the window. I could almost see him replaying the entire Beatles experience in his mind. He finally picked up his pen and, in the unlikely backdrop of the Polynesian Village Hotel at Disney World, ended the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in history by simply scrawling John Lennon at the bottom of the page.

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24 thoughts on “Lennon and McCartney on the Songwriting Process and Songs Written for Others – Beatles Interview

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    I think the whole secret to their songwriting is they NEVER ever quit. A good example is that song "Drive my car" where they said they got together for a songwriting session and they were working on that song forever, it started out as something about rings and it was really lame and then they came up with this thing of a girl driving the car and it still to this day is one of their more subpar songs, but they spent hours and hours laboring over it RATHER THAN throwing it all away and starting on something completely new. They would get an idea and just pound at it until they could make it the best they possibly could and THAT is why they were great songwriters, they never quit, and writing songs is really fucking hard and boring. Billy Joel for example said he retired from writing songs because he says he hates it, that's why he's never put out a new album in 25 years. Lennon said it was absolute torture, that no matter what you were doing at the time, he had to get those songs written. Then you get the songs that come to you 1-2-3 but that only happens if you do it all the time and bust your ass at it.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    The snippets of Lennon-McCartney songs done by non-rockers are entertaining in their way.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    I thing Paul and John could make The Beatles style by colaborating each other every time one of them got the studio with a new melody under writing process. Is very easy to realize it when you listen every Lennon-McCartney song. I'm sure John used to change Paul's lyrics and Paul used to change some John's melodies. Tjhe result weas always a magic structure of a song combining lyrics and melody in the middle of each natural style. God blessed them to be the greatest songwriting team of all times.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    I'd have to say the Beatles performed all of those songs better than the other performers because their recordings sound just as great today as the they did back then. The other artists' recordings all sound dated and cheesy.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Some of my early singles from the sixties credit songs to "McCartney-Lennon" on the label.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    As a whole, that interview revealed very little about what drives, inspires, processes or methodology the two underwent to create the timeless classics they ulimatley produced.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    That dog howling is Paul's sheepdog Martha at 7 weeks old. How cool!

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    they don't really talk about the song writing process, do they? rubbish interview.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    anyone else hear that dog howling in the background? Im crazy arent I? Stupid rats

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Ugg. That Monro cover of "all my loving was the slowest" most empty song I have ever heard. The Beatles make you groove man 8]

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    If anyone was wondering as I was, this is an interview from BBC, that was "lost" until a few years back.

  • August 30, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Martha howling in the backround…i love that dog<3
    And the interview is great thank you very much for uploading and for the subtitles!

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