The Beatles is perhaps the most iconic band of all time. Everyone can find a song they love. No one can forget about The Beatles, including co-lead vocalist and bassist Paul McCartney. In September 2019, McCartney shared memories with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, saying he often “dreams about” John Lennon.
Forming The Band
Paul McCartney was just 15 years old when he met 16-year-old John Lennon in 1957. No one knew then what this duo would accomplish. Lennon invited McCartney to join his skiffle band, The Quarrymen, as a rhythm guitarist, replacing original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe. Later, McCartney and Lennon invited George Harrison to join the band as the lead guitarist. Original Beatles drummer Pete Best also joined the band, but he would be replaced a year later by Ringo Starr, and the group changed the band name to The Beatles.
After a number of performances at The Cavern Club in 1961, The Beatles were discovered by Brian Epstein, who would later become the band’s manager. In 1962, they initiated their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios. The band started releasing singles, including “Love Me Do.” Their first album, Please Please Me, released in 1963, peaked at number 1 on the Billboard charts. This was only the beginning.
The British Invasion
Following the release of Please Please Me, thousands of fans began filling the streets outside music venues where The Beatles performed. This reaction became known as “Beatlemania.” When the group traveled to the United States to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, approximately 73 million viewers watched (and screamed in excitement). People loved The Beatles, effectively calling it the “British Invasion.”
From that day forward, The Beatles’ success and growing fanbase saw them hold the top five places in the Billboard Top 100—a record they hold still to this day. Fans supported the band and fell more in love with their music, including in their other records: A Hard Day’s Night, Abbey Road, Magical Mystery Tour, Help!, Let It Be, and more. People couldn’t get enough of the band’s music, and that hasn’t changed since the group “broke up” in 1970.
Remembering The Past
If fans can remember The Beatles, just imagine how many memories Paul McCartney has. While visiting Stephen Colbert on The Late Show in September 2019 to promote his new children’s book, Hey Grandude!, McCartney walked down memory lane, expressing that his memories have never left him, even after 50 years.
“I dream about him,” he said of his late good friend, John Lennon. The singer was assassinated on December 8, 1980. McCartney added, “The thing is, when you’ve had a relationship like that for so long, it’s such a deep relationship. I love when people revisit you in your dreams.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that the dreams have been elaborate stories, highlighting significant memories for McCartney. He said, “I often have band dreams, and they’re crazy. I’m often with John and just talking about doing something and I come to get my bass, ready to play, and it’s covered in sticky tape. You know, dreams! So, I’m picking all this stuff off, trying to talk to him.”
McCartney has many dreams about John, and he said each one is always good. He frequently speaks out against gun violence at March For Our Lives rallies in honor of his good friend and former bandmate.
While talking to Colbert, McCartney said he still can’t comprehend the level of success The Beatles had. He said, “I’m still that little kid who grew up in Liverpool.” Like many artists, no one in the group could have known they would dominate the music charts, but life has a funny way of working out. If you ask us, the results have been incredibly rewarding.