Fifty years after John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded what’s known as the Beatles’ White Album, sons Sean Lennon and James McCartney got together for their own project, albeit a smaller one.
The two took a selfie together, looking just like their fathers, down to the glasses and facial hair Lennon often sported in the band’s later years.
Of course, fans were excited, asking the younger Lennon and McCartney if they were making music together. “Would love to see these guys ‘Come Together’ with either their dads music or their own. After all they inherited from the best! ‘Imagine,’” one clever fan teased.
It’s understandable that people would ask the two whether they plan to make music together. Not only are their fathers, well, who they are, but both Lennon Jr. and McCartney Jr. are musicians themselves. The fact that James clutched a guitar in the selfie snapped with Sean only fueled the speculation.
James, 40, whose mom is the late Linda McCartney, has teamed with his dad on music before. The younger brother of designer Stella McCartney has released several albums and performs regularly.
Music producer and performer Sean Lennon is the son of the late “Imagine” singer and Yoko Ono. The 42-year-old is the younger brother of Julian Lennon, John’s son with first wife, Cynthia, and he paid tribute to his father in a 2001 TV special, Come Together: A Night for John Lennon’s Words and Music.
Sean has drawn a direct line from his lineage to his career choice as a musician, although he has said there wasn’t one particular song that pulled him into music.
“I love things like ‘A Day in the Life,’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ but I don’t really have a favorite song outside the context of a moment,” Sean told the Guardian in August 2015. “I feel the same way about colors. I don’t have a favorite color. I don’t understand why anyone does. Generally, I’ll say that my favorite period of the Beatles is that period starting with Revolver — when they were really pushing the limits of progressive songwriting.”
“I’ll also say,” he added, “the only reason I’m interested in art and music at all is because of my parents. Respect for them is at the heart of everything I do. It defines me. I consider myself a momma’s boy, a poppa’s boy — I sort of hero-worshipped them as a child, then went to work making music on my own.”
James’s foray into music began well into his 30s, much later in life than his dad. In June 2013, he explained to the Daily Mail that he’d spent much of his 20s in what the newspaper called “a haze of drugs — a downward spiral that ended in rehab and caused a rift with his father.” The two have since reconciled.
Still, the younger McCartney says he didn’t use his last name when he was just starting out in the music scene.
“It’s hard to live up to the Beatles,” James told the newspaper. “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.”
This past July, Paul himself paid tribute to another of the legendary band’s albums, 1969’s Abbey Road, when he strolled across the same street he and the other Beatles did on the cover.
It was obviously an instant hit.
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