The Beatles Next Generation: John Lennon And Paul McCartney’s Sons Collaborate On New Song

The songwriting stylings of John Lennon and Paul McCartney defined a whole generation of music, and is one of the reasons The Beatles became such an iconic band in the history of music. Now, the sons of Lennon and McCartney, Sean Ono and James, have teamed up to bring back the Lennon-McCartney songwriting credit in a new song called “Primrose Hill.”

“Primrose Hill” is a single by James McCartney and was co-written by Sean Ono Lennon. The Guardian described the song as an “acoustic ballad with a shuffling backbeat and ruminative guitar soloing.”

“I had a vision as a child in Scotland, on what was a lovely summer’s day. Letting go, I saw my true love and savior in my mind’s eye. Primrose Hill is about getting the ball rolling with me & finding this person,” said James McCartney in an Instagram post. 

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Paul and Linda McCartney had James in 1977. He released two solo albums in 2013 and 2016, and stated recently that he was now “really getting the ball rolling” and he was “excited to continue to share music.”

Paul and James McCartney have previously co-written songs together, and James played with his father on his albums such as Flaming Pie in 1997. 

In a 2013 interview with the Daily Mail, James said “It’s hard to live up to the Beatles.”

“When Wings toured they got slated. Even Dad found it hard living up to the Beatles. I started out playing under an alias because I wanted to start quietly. I had to serve my time as a musician and wait until I had a good body of songs and for a time when both myself and my music were ready. I don’t want to sit around. I want to earn my own living,” he said.

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Sean Ono Lennon has also had his own musical career. In his early life he appeared on his mother’s, Yoko Ono, albums, and eventually joined the alt-rock band Cibo Matto. The other members of Cibo Matto and Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr, backed up Ono Lennon on his debut album Into the Sun, in 1998.

The Beatles as an entity continue to be a major part of the music industry and where it’s at today. Additionally, new projects about The Beatles are still in the works. What is being referred to as the final new Beatles song, “Now & Then,” was released in the fall. 

Peter Jackson also directed and released the three-part documentary “Get Back,” and a reissue of the 1970 film “Let It Be” will air on Disney + in May. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled that … Let It Be has been restored and is finally being rereleased after being unavailable for decades. I’ve always thought that Let It Be is needed to complete the Get Back story,”  Jackson said.