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Paul McCartney recalls John Lennon’s lone compliment

Orlando Sentinel

Paul McCartney discusses his rivalry with John Lennon and shares stories behind Beatles photos in an interview Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

McCartney says he and Lennon were not openly competitive, but they spurred each other on. McCartney also recalls that Lennon complimented him just once for songwriting. The occasion: McCartney’s “Here, There and Everywhere” on the 1966 album “Revolver.”

“Once John gave me a compliment. It was only once the whole time,” McCartney tells correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi.

“John says just as it finishes, ‘That’s a really good song, lad. I love that song.’ And I’m like, ‘Yes! He likes it!’” McCartney tells Alfonsi.

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The praise made a deep impression. “I’ve remembered it to this day,” McCartney says. “It’s pathetic, really.”

McCartney, 76, says he was more generous with praise for Lennon: “I would tell him his stuff was great. You’d normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped.”

The CBS news magazines starts its 51st season at 7:30 p.m. Sunday – note the late start because of football.

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Sharyn Alfonsi talks to Paul McCartney on the 51st season premiere of ’60 Minutes.’
(Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Beatles – Lennon, McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – made their U.S. TV debut on CBS’ “Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964. They broke up in 1970, but their influence on music continues and their appeal transcends the decades. Fans always hoped for a reunion, but Lennon was shot to death in 1980 and Harrison died in 2001.

McCartney discusses the photo that decorates the cover of the “Abbey Road” album and the band’s last concert atop the Apple Building in London in 1969.

After the Beatles, McCartney continued to impress the public with the band Wings and solo work. His new album is “Egypt Station.”

Alfonsi spent two days with the music legend at his recording studio in the south of England, CBS said.

Email Hal at hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hboedeker. Follow him on Instagram: @hboedeker.

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