It was 38 years ago tonight (April 24th, 1976) that John Lennon and Paul McCartney last saw each other. Over the course of the previous two years, relations between the two chief Beatles had warmed considerably, with the pair spending time together both in Los Angeles and in Manhattan. Prior to returning to Yoko Ono after their infamous 14-month separation, in early 1975, Lennon was planning to travel to New Orleans to record with McCartney, who was then working on Wings' Venus And Mars album. Paul and Linda McCartney had last visited the Lennon's at their apartment in the Dakota apartments around Christmas, 1975.
On April 24th, 1976, Lennon and McCartney -- with Yoko and Linda -- watched Saturday Night Live as producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles a whopping $3,000 to reunite on the show. They briefly considered heading to Rockefeller Center where the show was being performed, as a gag, but in the end passed due to being too tired. The two last spoke on the phone in early 1980.
- In 2011, Paul McCartney went on recall to The Express the last time he saw Lennon: "I was at John's place and Saturday Night Live was on and John said to me, 'Have you seen this?' I hadn't, I was living in England, he was living in America. He said, 'No, they're offering us money to get back together -- Lorne Michaels came on the show last week.' And John said, 'We should go down, just you and me. We'll just show up. There's only two of us, we'll take half the money.' For a second we were like, 'Shall we do it?' I don't know what stopped us. It would've been work and we were having a night off so we elected to not go to work. It was a nice idea. We nearly did it."
- Sadly, the following day, McCartney turned up again at the Dakota to hang out with Lennon, who dismissed him, explaining that he was busy with his young son Sean, and that it wasn't "like 1956, and could you please call before stopping by?" The pair's relationship once again became strained following the incident.
- A fictionalized account of Lennon & McCartney's final meeting, called Two Of Us, was premiered on VH1 in 2000. The movie, which was directed by Let It Be's Michael Lindsay-Hogg, starred Aidan Quinn as McCartney and Jared Harrisas Lennon.
- The end of the Beatles came in late 1970 when McCartney sued the other Beatles to dissolve their partnership -- which ultimately saved the group their fortune. McCartney admits that Lennon quitting the Beatles in September 1969 left him devastated on multiple fronts: "The biggest trouble for me, I mean, there's no denying it, was the breakup of the Beatles, y'know? It totally screwed my head for years -- and it would yours, too. In fact, I'm lucky to have survived it, in truth. 'Cause, it really isn't easy having the top job one second, the next day someone just says, 'We're breaking the group up.' And you haven't got a job. And I mean, I actually got with it to Scotland for a while, 'cause I just couldn't handle being around London and the music business and the people saying, 'Well, when are you getting together with the lads, Paul?' That was the big question."
CHECK IT OUT: The SNL scene from 2000's Two Of Us (go to 1:28):