Paul McCartney Once Said He Had an ‘Edge’ Over John Lennon ‘Musically’

Paul McCartney and John Lennon pose together on stage with the members of The Beatles.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon | Getty Images/Bettmann

John Lennon’s birthday was celebrated by those closest to him

In an interview for BBC Radio 2, to mark what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, Sean Ono Lennon interviewed those closest to his father, including Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Elton John.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon always had an unspoken rivalry regarding writing the music of The Beatles. Both were proficient songwriters and created a body of work that forever changed the music industry. However, in an interview to mark Lennon’s 80th birthday on Oct. 8, 2020, McCartney claimed he had an “edge” over his beloved late bandmate “musically.” Here’s the surprising reasoning behind McCartney’s statement.

Each explored Lennon’s life as a solo artist and collaborator. Sean spoke with McCartney about his personal and professional relationships. During their discussion, McCartney shared his thoughts about what he believed gave him one-up on Lennon.