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In article <1992Oct7.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (edward s. chen) writes:
>In article <1992Oct7.firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (James Willer) writes:
>>firstname.lastname@example.org (John J. Ladasky II) writes:
>>Paul McCartney never *owned* the all that stuff! John and Paul signed away
>>the rights to Northern Songs early on, and Paul was negotiating with Yoko
>>(as John's estate) to buy the rights to the Maclen catalog when it was
>>bought out from under them by MJ. (Paul has since declared that there was
>>some kind of 'insider stuff/secret deal' between MJ and Yoko.)
>No! To my knowledge, Paul has never "since declared...'insider stuff/secret
>deal' between Wacko Jacko and Yoko." He has made a point of saying "I think
>there may have been something going on, look at the evidence and make up your
>To avoid the obvious question, the chronology goes something like this.
>1) Catalog becomes available
>2) Paul decides he wants to buy it, but asks Yoko in, since it is the
> "Lennon / McCartney" catalog
>3) Yoko agrees
>4) Yoko backs out at (nearly) the last minute. Paul is unable to raise enough
> cash quick enough, Jacko buys the catalog.
The prehistory of item 1) is especially complicated. Lest anyone think the Fabs naturally and inevitably owned their own songs outright and were somehow too preoccupied to recognize the bonanza, we might expand the scenario as simply as possible:
Paul may have been dealt a dirty deal by Yoko, if she promised to assist and then reneged, but there's no documentation, as Paul notes. I've always felt that the question of Paul being unable to come up with the cash was slightly out of the realm of possibility, but I don't know, really, how severely tangled was his financial picture in 1984. I also don't know for certain (maybe there's evidence for this?) that Paul pulled his bid when Yoko failed to back him. I recall that Paul's bid based on available cash was simply topped by Jackson; in fact I recall dimly some interviews with Paul at the time wherein he confessed that he was outbid. Perhaps he was instead, rather unnecessarily, protecting Yoko with this story?
It's also worth noting that in 1985 George, Ringo and Yoko filed suit against Paul for breach of contract, the story being that Paul was earning more royalties from Beatles' records (perhaps accomplished via some secret dealing on Macca's part) than were the others.
Someday this story will make a great book....
"The Lana Sisters, clad in pink, added a welcome feminine flavour. 'Much better than those Beatles' I heard one gentleman remark."
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