In a recent edition of his own podcast, Paul McCartney admitted that Yoko Ono‘s presence during the Beatles recording sessions was an “interference in the workplace”.
While Lennon’s bandmates chose not to confront their fellow musician at the time, but instead “bottled it up” and got on with the job, the now he 81-year-old McCartney recently admitted that John bringing Yoko to the studio effected the dynamic of the group.
Addressing the situation some 50+ years later during his ‘McCartney: A Life In Lyrics’, episodic series, Paul stated:
“John and Yoko had got together and that was bound to have an effect on the dynamics of the group.” “Things like Yoko being literally in the middle of the recording session [were] something you had to deal with. The idea was that if John wanted this to happen, then it should happen. There’s no reason why not.” “Anything that disturbs us, is disturbing. We would allow this and not make a fuss. And yet at the same time, I don’t think any of us particularly liked it.” “It was an interference in the workplace. We had a way we worked. The four of us worked with George Martin. And that was basically it. And we’d always done it like that. So not being very confrontational, I think we just bottled it up and just got on with it.”
In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone magazine Paul revealed Yoko’s presence at the studio was different because she didn’t stay in the control room, Instead she sat among the band members in the studio while they were working.
He explained: “We handled it, but not amazingly well, because we were so tight. We weren’t sexist, but girls didn’t come to the studio – they tended to leave us to it. When John got with Yoko, she wasn’t in the control room or to the side. It was in the middle of the four of us.”
John Lennon and Yoko Ono first met in 1966, married in 1969, and they remained together until Lennon’s tragic death in New York City in 1980.