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Tammy, I’ve seen several shots over the years but never the proofs. They really capture the essence of the Lennon-McCartney partnership. I have always thought that even after the Beatles disbanded & they made verbal swipes at one another, there was still a silent, innate understanding and a cohesiveness that could not be broken. In one of John’s 1980′ interviews he commented that there were only 2 people he chose as partners; Paul & Yoko and he seemed very proud of that. Thanks for sharing the ‘David Bailey’s’.
i always loved these photos! i remember buying two posters of them in a large, square format and having them on the wall. as for the friendship between john and paul, i’m sure i’ve written about it before somewhere in this blog. watching those two together talking outside emi studios is something i’ll never forget.
Taken January 21st, 1965 at Bailey’s London studio
Hello Lizzie. I am intrigued by your comment about observing the relationship between John and Paul at close quarters. What was it that made these moments especially memorable? (If that is not a totally stupid question). Can you remember where on the site you wrote about this before? I would love to hear more of your thoughts on this.
It goes without saying that the Bailey shots of the pair of them are remarkable. Perfect. And unlike any other images that we have of the band. I have always found it a little funny that Bailey himself is fairly dismissive of the Beatles whenever you see him interviewed. But then he is a man of genius in his own right, and I am just thankful for his great work.
For me, the saving grace is having a few comments from John in the weeks leading up to his death, where he professed his love for Paul and the others, i love a bit of video i have from October 1980, where John refers to Paul as his brother, and speaks admiringly of his current work .. of course the great shame is he didn’t get to live to see the relationship continue to grow.
Very nice to see these. Thank you kindly!
It’s good to know that at least in the end, just before John’s death, they started to show again the respect and love they had for each other.
Hey Tammy, I didn’t know about this video. Is it from some interview?
What are you guys talking about? John and Paul were hanging out in 1974, on holidays, and jamming in LA. (when John was with May)
Of course, Lennon loved Paul, but in a special John’s way. And of course, there was Yoko, who was some kind of a controlling overprotective mom for John, making Paul and John’s friendship complicated.
Back to the photos: these proof sheets are awesome. Even tho John has his eyes closed a lot on sheet #2.
As always, thanks for posting all these pix
Yes, it’s a private video of John’s, taken a day or so after his birthday .. he talks about ‘Coming up’ and how much he likes it, and how he’s not surprised, because he can’t be surprised by his ‘brother’ Paul.
JMA689, that’s true, they became like friends again few years after the break up of the band. What I tried to say is that they started to give more public statements about each other just before John’s death.
Tammy, I’ve never heard about this video, this must be really nice! I wonder if it is on youtube
I have always loved that photo of Paul and John together.
This has one of my favourite photos of John and Paul. The same picture that was on the cover of Entertainment Weekly back when The Beatles Guitar Hero came out. I also think that John had one of these framed and hanging on the wall of his “studio” at Kenwood. Am I wrong?
The 1980 video interview mentioned is
Thanks, Brian! This is such a great interview, it’s good to see how he seemed to be optimist at that time.
Photos of these two together- and especially these particular photos– always make my heart ache.
I was reading an interview with George Martin last night, the interviewer asked him hesitatingly if John and Paul really ‘liked’ each other, George replied “They LOVED each other, they were brothers, and like brothers they’d have squables’ .. i thought that was cool, an outside perspective on the relationship.
That’s right Mark, he did have one of these hanging in his studio.
very much enjoyed reading all the comments. hadn’t seen your question, montagu. what i meant is that i used to quietly watch as john and paul would stand outside emi studios, in the parking lot, in the middle of the night, and talk and laugh before they went back to their homes or went out to nightclubs. to a 15-year-old like me it seemed like they finished each other’s sentences and there was something special about those two together i can’t even explain in words. i would either sit on the steps or on one of the cars and very quietly listen. i don’t even know if they ever noticed me there. it was certainly fascinating. nobody told me how close those two were, i saw and heard it. it’s late and i hope i made myself understood.
Thanks for that Lizzie, it colours it in a lot .. we see SO many photos, but they don’t convey the reality of someone of someone just sitting by and listening to two guys interact. I’ve long thought ‘maybe’ John was in love with Paul, before anyone screams .. it’s not a gay adgenda with me, it’s mererly my observation and thoughts of John and his reactions to Paul, i have a feeling John expected people to let him down, to hurt him .. and i think sometimes he sabotaged a lot of friendships and relationships in a classic ‘I’ll hurt you before you can leave/hurt me’ .. the classic ‘See i told you so’ from John, for John to have felt and exhibited the hurt and irrational anger he did towards Paul in 70/71 kind of shows this, and you can only be that stung, that hurt, that wild with anger if you also felt the exact opposite level and depth of love .. it’s funny, in John’s more measured moments his continued love for Paul still bubbled to the surface .. another level of the tragedy of December 1980 and the actions of that dirty shit bag, is that John and Paul didn’t get the chance to grow older together as friends, i only wish Paul had got to hold John’s hand for hours, telling him how much he loved him like he got to do with George.
What a find. Many, many thanks.
And to all for sharing loving thoughts. Sitting here with tears in my eyes.
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