Lennon and McCartney Discuss Their Songwriting Partnership (1966)



John Lennon and Paul McCartney interviewed by Keith Fordyce for a BBC Radio show that originally aired in August 1966. It was recorded at Paul’s newly-purchased townhouse on Cavendish Avenue, and about mid-way through the interview, a very young “Martha My Dear” can be heard howling from another room. The interview was re-broadcast in 1988 on BBC Radio’s “The Beeb’s Lost Beatles Tapes,” which is when “Hey Jude” was edited in.

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25 thoughts on “Lennon and McCartney Discuss Their Songwriting Partnership (1966)

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Could you imagine Paul saying people that copy there songs do them better only one I ever heard was Joe Cocker. With a little help……….

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Somehow Beatle songs just don't sound so good if it isn't the Beatles. And I don't think this is true with any other bands material either. Trying to improve a Beatles song is simply impossible.

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    They made a ton off others recording their songs.. one im keen on is Stevie Wonder doing We Can Work it Out…

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Those familiar with Carroll might recognize a similar use of the word “better” in two McCartney songs in particular. Both “Getting Better” and “Hey Jude” contain a repetition of the word “better” which mirrors the use of the word by the White Queen in Through The Looking Glass.

    `But if you hadn’t done them,’ the Queen said, `that would have been better still; better, and better, and better!’ Her voice went higher with each `better’, till it got quite to a squeak at last.

    `Oh, much better!’ cried the Queen, her voice rising into a squeak as she went on. `Much be-etter! Be-etter! Be-e-e-etter! Be-e-ehh!’ The last word ended in a long bleat, so like a sheep that Alice quite started.

    In the second example the Queen chants “better” until a long bleat at which point she transforms into a sheep. In a similar manner, in “Hey Jude” the Beatles repeat the word “better” rising in pitch with each word until the song transforms into the familiar outro chorus.

    Walrus and the Carpenter > They Chewed !!! Gnaw gnaw gnaw Gnaw gnaw gnaw Gnaw gnaw gnaw Gnaw gnaw They Chewed !!!!

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Amazing sense of premonition: Hey Jude played in the background when the year of interview is 1966 – what else can you prophesise ?

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    These two sound stoned, totally waxed! Ha ha ha!

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Somebody feed the dog.

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    I would hate to get on John's bad side. God bless and help them.

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    What? 1966 and a dance band was playing Hey Jude at the end? Maybe that was dubbed on afterwards as a joke. Oh, I get it, I was supposed to read the notes first.

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Peggy Lee singing A Hard Day's Night? Cringe…………… The Matt Monroe thing was elevator music. Nice of the guys to show respect but let's get real. Nobody makes music like the Beatles. It cannot be duplicated for many reasons. It can be copied, but it's just not the same. Love the guys in this interview though, so rare.

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    Till there was You?miss both of them, miss them both with Liverpudian accent, love you both????RIP both of you, the Beatles is complete in Heaven, without Ringo Starsky??

  • January 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
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    They sound tired and bored, but still somewhat sharp and amusing

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