DAVIS: So the Anthology has built some bridges between Paul and George?
SMEATON: Paul is very protective of George. He knows now what went on, how George was hurt at the end of it, and how George went on to prove that he was a great musician and songwriter. I think Paul respects that a lot more. George says in the programme that when he wanted to bring in his songs, it was very difficult for him to present them when they already had Lennon-McCartney songs there. John and Paul had written all their early songs before they even had a record deal, whereas George was trying to write his first songs in the studio. It was a bit embarrassing for him when he knew they already had all these great songs. Even George Martin says that he didn’t give George Harrison a chance.
On one occasion, Paul and George sat in the editing suite with Ringo looking at the last programme. George was on the screen talking about the split, and Paul turned to George sitting next to him and said, “I didn’t know you felt like that. Is that really how you felt?” George said, “Of course it was.” And Paul said he didn’t know that. They’d never actually confronted each other about it.”
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