In his first sit-down with the CBS show, the music legend discussed his new number one album, Egypt Station, and recalled a fond memory with his departed Beatles bandmate, who passed in 1980.
McCartney, who is credited with writing 29 number-one records during the iconic band's tenure, said he and Lennon were quite competitive about their songwriting and would often exchange thoughts about each other's skills. However, the 76-year-old revealed that for the first and last time, Lennon had admitted to liking one of the tunes he wrote for The Beatles — and it's taken from the band's 1966 record, Revolver.
"Once John gave me a compliment. It was only once the whole time," McCartney began. "It was 'Here, There and Everywhere,' [it] was one of my songs on [Revolver]... 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!'"
"I've remembered it to this day. It's pathetic, really," he added. However, McCartney revealed he'd hailed Lennon's work multiple times. "I would tell him his stuff was great," he continued, joking, "You'd normally have to be a little bit drunk. It helped."
News of the upcoming profile arrives a week after it was announced that The Beatles' White Album would be reissued as a deluxe box set to honor the record's 50th anniversary.
McCartney's 60 Minutes special broadcasts Sunday (September 30) at 7:30 PM ET and 7:00 PM PT on CBS.
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