John Lennon vs. Paul McCartney: Rumors swirled for years that John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, caused the Beatles to break up.
However, in 2013, Sir Paul McCartney said that wasn’t the case.
McCartney explained that while Ono brought out another side in Lennon that he could explore she is not the reason the band split, and he knew Lennon “was definitely going to leave” anyway.
In 1971, Lennon spoke publicly about his spat with McCartney telling Rolling Stone, “I pretty damn well know we [other Beatles members] got fed up of being sidemen for Paul.”
Lennon also didn’t appreciate his band mates’ reaction to his relationship with Ono saying, “Ringo was all right, but the other two really gave it to us. I’ll never forgive them.”
Lennon and McCartney continued exchanging slight jabs through their music for the next few years until the mid-seventies when they finally visited with each other and seemed ready to bury the hatchet.
Any true reconciliation between them though was spoiled when Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment by a deranged fan in 1980.
We all wish John had not been shot. We all wish George had not died of cancer. And we all wish The Beatles had released more music.
So just for fun, if both artists would have had the same longevity, who would have produced the better music? In short: