Saturday, October 09, 2010

John Lennon Remembered and the Beatles Reassessed with Larry King

Larry King Live (9 October 2010) looked back on the legacy of the Beatles.

On this day in 2010 John Lennon would have been 70 years of age.

In a replay programme (June 2007), King speaks with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison.

Larry King asks an important question that raises insights into the magic that can come through teamwork and the importance of teams coming into their own.

KING: What made the Beatles, Paul, musically special? What did they do that people weren't doing?

MCCARTNEY: That's a good question. I don't really think I know. We were just very good. I think individually we were kind of talented people, but when we came together, something special happened.

When I started writing with John, it was a sort of magical thing that grew. We developed, and not everyone developed quite as much as we did.

KING: You can't plan that, though, can you?

MCCARTNEY: No, not really. We were also very sure of ourselves. I wouldn't call it conceited, but we just knew we were good, and we knew we were going to do well. We didn't know how it was going to happen, but we knew -- people would say at the time, do you think your stuff's going to be standards, like Sinatra's stuff? And I'll go, yes. And they say, oh. I'd say, no, it's true. You just felt it.

I think one of the things that we probably are proudest of, I certainly am, is that the message was always love. In any form we portrayed it, and that's something to be really proud of.

Larry King Live, The Beatles’ Legacy, Transcript, Aired on 8 October 2010, CNN.

John Lennon on the Skill of Creativity, SFS, 1 October 2009.
Imagining Peace Together, SFS, 5 November 2006.

Geoff Pound

Geoff Pound’s new book on gratitude is described at this link: Talk About Thanksgiving.

Image: Larry King, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, Ringo Starr and Guy Laliberté (Cirque du Soleil).