July 16, 2009
McCartney on His Relationship with Jackson
Sir Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson collaborated musically, but later cut ties. The Beatle sat down with David Letterman and talked about his estranged relationship with Jackson.
Paul, 67, said he first met Michael in the early '80s. "He came to my house and we got to know the family and stuff," Paul revealed. "We had a really good time. We made a couple of records together ["Say Say Say" and "The Girl is Mine"], did a video and were very good friends."
The megastar musician admits their friendship was never the same after Jackson bought the Beatles music catalog and decided not to sell it to Paul.
McCartney explained, "He kept saying, 'That's just business, Paul, you know,' so I went, 'Yeah, it is,' and waited for a reply. But we never kind of got to it." He added, "We kind of drifted apart. It was no big bust-up. We kind of drifted apart after that. But he was a lovely man, massively talented and we miss him."
The Beatles made their first live appearance on American TV on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, filmed in the same theater as "The Late Show with David Letterman."