While in college I developed a love for the Beatles, specifically John Lennon. Being on a University Campus and being exposed to universal ideas helped to broaden my taste for music, women, fashion and the like. Let me get back to the original purpose of writing this post, Yoko Ono I thought was responsible for breaking up the group but I recently read an article on E! that famed rock journalist Joe Smith interviewed Ono two-decades ago, stated the group was splitting before she got involved. This interview was revealed courtesy of The Huffington Post. According to the interview documents, “During the sit-down recorded in 1987, Ono explained that the tensions that had come to envelop the Beatles stemmed from her hubby, Ringo Starr and George Harrison’s increasing desire to venture out on their own.” “The Beatles were getting very independent,” she told Smith, noting that while Lennon was “feeling very good about” what she called a “divorce,” the others were feeling very much like they needed to get some distance from Paul McCartney. “Each one of them [was] getting independent,” she added. “John, in fact, was not the first one who wanted to leave the Beatles. [We saw] Ringo one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George was next, and then John.” I must apologize to Yoko as I was led to believe she broke up the band. John’s music still brings a smile to my face as I remember many nights staying up studying for a test or two and taking breaks to listen to his music. It soothes the savage beast and awoke my consciousness. Sorry Yoko!
January 5, 2013