In a recently unearthed interview from 1987,Yoko Ono claims that the Beatles had already started to splinter by the time she became entangled with John Lennon, and thatRingo Starr and George Harrison were the first to consider leaving the group.
“Paul was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together,” Ono says in an interview with music industry executive Joe Smith, according to the Huffington Post. “But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul’s band, which they didn’t like.”
Smith, a former DJ, conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of music icons, including Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, andDavid Bowie, in the 1980s, and recently donated the tapes to the Library of Congress.
Ono also says that the break-up of the Beatles caused problems in her relationship with Lennon, who “expected all that to be replaced by me.”
Ono’s story matches up with what McCartney recently told British interviewer David Frost in October, that the Beatles were already in the process of breaking up by the time Ono came on the scene.