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Yoko Blames Paul McCartney For Beatles Breakup

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At one point, The Beatles were an unstoppable force that every other band aspired to be. Sadly, the band broke up and each members’ solo albums were arguably never as good as when they were together. Why did the band break up in the first place though? Traditional scapegoat Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, has an idea.

Huffington Post reports that during an interview in 1987, Ono placed the blame for The Beatles’ breakup on a myriad of factors, including the controlling hand of Paul McCartney. She said that all of the members, including her husband, wanted to split off from the band and forge their own musical paths. McCartney didn’t want that and, according to Ono, tried to keep the band from splitting.

“Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul’s band, which they didn’t like.”

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Ono has been traditionally blamed as the reason for the band’s breakup, but McCartney himself has said that was not the case. As it turns out, a lot of bands just breakup after a while due to creative differences or other reasons that nobody can predict. Yoko may have blamed Paul for the band breaking up sooner than expected, but it’s not like any one reason is the specific cause. We can at least rest easy knowing that The Beatles music will live on forever.

Yoko Blames Paul McCartney For Beatles Breakup
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  • nan terwilliger

    yoko ono, get a life,, get over it and let it be !!!

    • bruce

      The Fab4 will always be THE band when comparing others. They were fresh new brilliant, and success oriented. Paul was the leader from day one. Look at the old film of recording sessions, Paul was a one man motivator. It is as though HE WAS the beatles at the end, knowing what was about to die. It wasn’t about the fame. It was creative genius. Magic. Is Mozart or the “Magic Flute” dead. Nor will Sir Paul, George, Ringo, and John. Yoko and John loved each other. Things change. But music is eternal. Long live Sir Paul and Ringo.

  • jim shaw

    Yoko has said nothing new. Huffington is just stirring the pot by digging up a 25 year-old interview. As with all media, HP needs something to write about so they are muddying the waters for no good reason.

    • phillip

      exactly

  • Donald Canale

    How the heck did this “hot” news item slip onto Yahoo’s home page? You used a quote from 1987 (1987!) to rustle up some eyeballs? Such a tactic reflects a rookie begging for attention. I can’t even believe I’m responding to this… but somebody’s gotta call you on such a ridiculous “scoop.” If you knew anything at all about the Beatles, Yoko, and Paul, you’d know that any acrimony between them is long gone, and that the surviving parties patched things up a long time ago.

    This is as much of a non-story as you could have drummed up. You oughta turn in your paycheck for this one, Zach.

  • Scott

    do you know what eithopiean’s and yoko ono have in common? they both still live off dead beatles , and since all beetles are dead except Sir Paul, WHO do you think shes going to blame? and when sir Paul’s dead who will she have to blame then?

  • Scott

    do you know what yoko ono and ethiopian’s have in common? both are still living off of dead beetles, and when Sir Paul dies, WHO will she “blame” then?, does she have a mirror?

    • Gail Siegel

      Yoko will then blame Ringo. Does she really forget her role in the Beatles break-up?

  • Gail Siegel

    Why is this news? The Beatles broke up a very long time ago. John was murdered 32 years ago. George died a long time ago. Only Paul and Ringo are alive and enjoying their lives. Yoko needs to crawl back under her rock and leave things alone. Is it a slow news day that the Huffington Press had to dig this up?

  • tom

    Yoko, you never were relevant. Except you banged a Beatle..Go away with your avant gard shit..Better yet die

    • Erin

      That’s mean. She was relevant to John and the mother of his child. If you have any respect, you would choose your words wisely next time.

  • http://Yahoo.com Frannie Baggs

    Maybe Ms.Ono wanted to come in and stir the pot? Call the shots and Paul wasn’t going to roll over! Water under the bridge at this point in time! She might need alittle attention by bringing up this topic!

  • phillip

    there are no bad guys; the Beatles were finished …period!

  • dona vanburen

    I blame Yoko for the break up and for everything I can think of..

    • Shara

      Except she does deserve them.

  • Sherry

    The article referenced was from 1987. Yoko didn’t bring this up, the Huffington Post did. Yoko does not deserve the negative remarks being left here. Get over it people!!
    John Paul George & Ringo were simply growing up & becoming men. They would have split up anyway & gone their own ways. No one person was to blame.

    • clyde

      It was Yoko’s fault, don’t deny it.

  • mike bastida

    shut up yoko n go back to hell

  • Holly

    This is not news. This is OLD news.

  • Shara

    HAH! What a piece of garbage she is. Yeah, Paul is responsible. But so is John, so is George, so is Ringo, so is Brian Epstein, and SO IS YOKO. She is such a witch. Why is she not dead yet?

  • kent

    this is how the press operates now. Some irrelevancy to draw attention (especially away from real issues like the failing economy/fiscal cliff etc)for people to consider this “news”.

    Next will be follow up articles about this becaause after all this is much more important than the “fundamental transformation of our country”. And a majority of fools will glomm onto this “news” to the exclusion of diminishing of our rights. But this is so much more “sexy”!

  • Erin

    The Beatles were a great band and as the article stated bands just break up. Even in the band, members are not sure what caused the breakup and in the outside, we like to place a blame on one person. If anyone watched the Beatles Anthology, words spoken from the Beatles members themselves, they state the reason for the breakup.

  • Art Fiore

    Right, Yoko — The Beatles broke up because Paul kept them together. That certainly makes sense. It couldn’t possibly have been because the guy who had started out being the leader of the band was suddenly unable to even go to the toilet without his wife holding his hand!

    I think this might be a hot news item today because back in 1987 people gave it the attention it deserves — none. We should continue to do so.

  • Jessica

    Stop all of this Yoko hate!! It is completely unnecessary! If you people knew anything about The Beatles, then you’d know that they were already starting to split up when she entered the picture. She’s HUMAN. She is not the cause of a breakup of a band that was tired of being stuck and stereotyped as the traditional trope of a crowd-pleasing boyband. They grew up, that’s all. How can you call yourself a decent human being if you’re saying this woman should go kill herself? That’s horrible! Even if she DID bring about the breakup of The Beatles (she didn’t) then she still wouldn’t deserve being almost unanimously despised by the world likes this. All she did was fall in love with a man who happened to be extremely famous and loved by many. If you hate somebody for loving, then that really says something about your character. Leave Yoko alone.

  • Gary

    That’s ridiculous. First. John Lennon was infatuated with Yoko at the time. He was doing alot of drugs. He wasn’t interested in alot of different things artistically. George Harrison was beginning to “feel his oats” and was beginning to feel the “yoke” of being a Beatle. Paul realized the Beatles were still by far the biggest act in the world. Paul was always working on material. He never “left” the Beatles. He kept on working and always had his eye on the ball. Paul wanted to stay focused and wanted the Beatles to continue as a “tight” unit. Both John and George were kind of ambivalent at the time. They didn’t know what they wanted to do. So yes. Paul kind of “took the reigns” to a certain degree………because someone had too. As time has gone on I think that Paul has kind of become the “whipping boy” for the Beatles. Heck. Paul wanted to keep the Beatles together and continue like nothing ever changed. It was the others who didn’t know what they wanted. I think it has also become very clear over the years that John Lennone was no “day at the beach.” John had some ongoing “issues” in his life that he needed to work through and I don’t think ever really did. {By the way. I love the Beatles……all of them.} The Paul situation is kind of like Jagger with the Stones. Some people now say Jagger was a meglomaniac. How is that? The Stones were losing money after getting ripped off by their managers. Keith Richards was a serious heroin addict so at some point Jagger said, “I’m taking the reigns. I went to the London School of Economics so I’m going to oversee the money and if Keith isn’t gonna get his act together I’m gonna kind of control the band…..and he did. What was he supposed to do?

    • http://yahoo CRIS LONGFIELD

      you know what the hell your talking about bro.Iloved the beatles allways will Im 57 and ill love them even in heaven and i will take the (STAIRWAY–TO– HEAVEN) GOOD JOB GARY

  • Chala Vidinha

    Blame, Blame, Blame! The statement that the “Beatles was more popular than Jesus Christ” was their downfall!

    • joanne

      But they were! It was not their downfall…Lennon being a junkie, now that might have had something to do with it, and a band who can’t perform live, because the audience is louder then the band….well there ya go.Hard to be a band, when you can only make records and never be before a live audience.

  • Michael Harkin

    You mean myriad factors! NOT a myriad of factors. If you aspire to good journalism don’t use words you don’t understand.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Myriad is a noun meaning a great many number (10,000), but it can also be used as an adjective. Both “myriad factors” and “myriad of factors” are correct usages.

    • JerryInDFW

      Sheesh! You self-appointed, anal-retentive grammar cops really show your lack of intelligence when you try to correct people and you’re flat out wrong yourself. I didn’t see anyone asking you for lexicalogical input. There – Was that literate enough for you?

      Douchbag.

  • Gary

    One more thing. I think all the other Beatles should get both the Bronze Star and the Congressional Medal of Honor {or similar British Awards} for staying in a band for however many years with John Lennon. I’m older now. After getting some distance, reading comments from different people {including his own son Julian}, and reading excerpts from interviews, excerpts from letters, and observations from people who knew him I’d say John Lennon was one troubled man. He had some serious issues. Maybe Paul wasn’t any “stroll in the park” but he was 50 times as well put together as John. Good lord, John Lennon used to lash out viciously at about anyone he thought “crossed him” in some way or who he percieved “crossed him.” Talk about someone with “alot of anger.” Over the years it has been “Paul did this” and “Paul did that” but John Lennon must have been a fun guy to be around when he was in one of his “moods.”

  • mke

    face it it was going to happen john said he was tired of his songs always being on the b side george was ticked because he realy never got to many of his songs on and poor ringo was just tired of the b/s imagine being that tight for all those years day in and out it was bound to happen so no matter what they split them selves up not just one person

  • Carole Reid

    The girl with the band…”This is Spinal Tap.”

  • Lisa

    after all this time…who really cares anyway?????

  • http://Yahoo Sunni Varmus

    Who cares anymore? John and George have passed over and will make no more music in the here and now… it’s been so long. One can tell when the news media has no current fodder of the day, they always reach back for past sensations that no longer matter. It was probably both Ono and Paul, working their own agenda and like it was said, groups break up. S

  • joanne

    I never want to see her name attached to the Beatles ever again!!!! YOKO SHUT UP ALREADY!!!!!
    Who cares anymore …you jealous because Sir Paul Mc Cartney still can book top headliner on a gig and you are making stupid looking clothing? GO AWAY!!!!!!!! At times like this, I ask myself, why was it Linda Mc Carney who had to die young, instead of freakin YOKO??????

    • Ken

      Joanne, she said it 25 years ago.

      • joanne

        So Ken, like I said…who cares anymore!! Don’t want to see her face, her name, or anything having to do with her ever again!!!

        • Ken

          And you wouldn’t have, if the writer of this piece hadn’t decided to stir a 25-year-old pot. Blame Zach Walton, not her.

  • Ken

    So we’re going back 25 years to find a quote upon which to base an insipid article. What a waste of everybody’s time.

    • Dan

      I agree with Ken. To quote her from 25 years ago is stupid. Once again the media is trying to start some crap.

  • patrick t

    yoko needs to shut up, nobody would even know who she is without her snaring lennon…. i’d bet most guys out there have experienced hooking up with a girl/woman only to find out that she would rather they didnt hang with their friends anymore, and JL was so strung out at the time, it was easy for her to take him over

  • JerryInDFW

    As if any of this matters. Yahoo’s “News” is generally nothing but recycled crap. McCartney’s over the hill musically, Lennon’s dead, and Yoko’s a bitter old skank. You really gives a wrinkled rats ass about this or their stupid “10 this or that” lists?

  • sd

    Paul still rocks, Ringo is still cool! it’s sad George & John are no longer with us.. It’s also sad anybody would give Yoko an interview or any time at all!!! It she is an artist’ or anything relevant, then I’m Picaso. The most depressing part of hearing of the Beatles is hearing from HER AGAIN!!!! If she had any self respect at all she would give Julian all the $$ and leave the Beatle fans in PEACE.

    All we are saying is give Peace a chance! All we are saying is go away Yoko.

    • Alicia Otero

      “They want to hold onto something they never had in the first place. Anybody who claims to have some interest in me as an individual artist or even as part of the Beatles has absolutely misunderstood everything I ever said if they can’t see why I’m with Yoko. And if they can’t see that, they don’t see anything.” ~John Ono Lennon

  • Jesus

    I think Mark David Chapman missed.

    • Alicia Otero

      Yeah, he should have been aiming at you.

  • floyd

    Old news. That quote was given in 1987 and it is being brought up now? Why? Please stop hashing old news and selling it as headline grabbing new news. Puleeze…..

    • Alicia Otero

      You’re right, this is old news. Niether Yoko nor Paul blame eachother for the break-up anymore. Do your research people.

    • Kyla

      Thank you :) I NEVER like Yoko anyway:/ This is OLD news.
      The Beatles will NEVER be forgotten :) Ever heard of the Traveling Wilburys? Members included Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne (of ELO), the late Roy Orbison and the late George Harrison. They REALLY rocked out :) Happy sing-along-type of band..GH’s band, really, and they were ALL friends :)

  • Mike

    YOKO is the REASON the BEATLES BROKE UP…. PLAIN and simple…

  • Houdini

    Since yoko, knows nothing about music and has never shown intelligence, of any kind, why the heck should we care what she says or thinks about ANYTHING. Just quit reporting on or about her. She in not relevant, at all. The only thing she has done, of note, was marry John Lennon, that is it! Move on, to more important things and people, which is just about anything or anyone else.

    • http://yahoo Teresa Gibson

      I agree that Yoko has no talent. She was such an embarrassment to John Lennon. He supported her efforts as a husband should, but it made him look so pussy whipped. She was such a nut case. There was a chick on Idol awhile back that sounded just like Yoko. Course she was booed off, but if her name had been Yoko Ono, she would have gone on to the next round. Yoko was not a singer but no one dared tell her. All she did was scream. She was psychotic. We laughed at her. Thank God she outgrew some of her outlandish bullshit.

  • bjbear

    Really, after all these years does anybody really care? I was never a Beatles fan, although I did like their early work ( I was just a kid ). Time changes people, their creative efforts and desires. It was time. Let it go. What’s it been now? Well over 40 years???? Who cares?

  • philip

    she’s scum as always.

  • Randy Fabian

    George Harrison said a while back that John and Paul could not write together any longer. I know people want to blaime Yoko and Yoko puts the blaime on Paul but I believe John wanted out of the group more than anything.

  • Kevin

    This is news??

  • Marvin

    Quoting an interview in 1987 to create this article??

  • Dave

    One question who the bloody hell cares what she thinks anyway??

  • Doug

    I’m not certain Yoko broke up the Beatles – they didn’t seem to have much use for each other in the months immediately before and long after the formal breakup. Although there were a few token appearances on each other’s solo albums, no two of them remained great friends. I would suggest Yoko’s presence influenced Chapman to kill John Lennon because he believed she had corrupted both him and the group.

  • ajf0415

    that was a ridiculous article.must be a slow day, lets bring up something stupid from 26 years ago.

  • john

    Not only did “yoko the low life” break up the BEATLES she also broke up John’s first marriage,pure scum.

    • Dawg

      Now, now John no one is “pure” and I am sure her scum has some impurities

  • bob

    And this was news in what decade?

  • Andrew

    This just in!

    Man discovers fire cooks meat!

    Local caveman Og is becoming something of a Savannah sensation after discovering fire can be used to make animals tasty and easier to eat.

    “Me was in big fire, fleeing for life when me hit by pronking gazelle. Me get knocked into sinkhole in rocks, pass out thinking me going to die,” Og said. “When me wake up, me see carcass of gazelle, black and fire crispy. Me pick up rock to beat it with for hitting me, but me notice gazelle smell tastier than usual, so me tear off a piece and bite it, instead. Gazelle much tastier than usual. Then me thought, if only me could find some way to make gazelles taste like this all time…”

    “What an amazing story. So what’s next, Og?”

    “Me saw round rock with hole in center back in sinkhole. Me thought me might see if could do something with it. Maybe find some way to use it to make easier to carry burnt gazelle so me could pack lunch and take with me if me want go somewhere else.”

    * * *

    Sorry, I was just thinking forward to slightly fresher news than the feud between Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, given that those two have been blaming each other for the demise of the Beatles since the frickin’ Permian.

    • Brian

      Well said dude!!!They need to get over it,we did!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.kozmikradio.us Koz Mik

    Back before Abraham lincoln was born, we did not even have a penny, fact is we did not have money to spray the darn beatles on our crop…
    Finally my son ahd a grand old idea. why not break up the beatles, put the females in one bucket and the males in another. Then we can fill the bucket with water, drown the bunch and never have to worry about them again.And they came back singing we all lived in a yellow submarine. Well so much for the underwater idea,

    • Michael

      Is that when they moved to Cherry Lane?

  • David

    I think they broke up because of the droogs.

    when they started taking the droogs, at made for some interesting music, but changed their personalities.

    • David R

      They started taking the gang members from A Clockwork Orange??

  • Noah

    I agree with Jesus, Chapman was a lousy shot, he hit the wrong target!

  • Sue

    I doubt that any one person could have influenced the Beatles to break up if they really had wanted to stay together. The fact that they were so successful tells me that they would have far more intelligence than to let anyone persuade them to do something that they didn’t want to do, especially when it came to a career decision as immensely important as that.

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