Paul McCartney is convinced that John Lennon haunted the recording of the 1995 Beatles single “Free As A Bird” – in the form of a white peacock. McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were posing for a photograph outside the studio where the track was recorded when the bird wandered in the shot at the last minute.
“I said to the other guys, ‘That’s John!’ Spooky, eh? It was like John was hanging around. We felt that all the way through the recording.”
McCartney also believes John made his presence felt on the single. He said,
“We put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the single for a laugh, to give all those Beatles nuts something to do. I think it was the line of a George Formby song. Then we were listening to the finished single in the studio one night, and it gets to the end, and it goes, ‘zzzwrk nggggwaaahhh jooohn lennnnnon qwwwrk.’ I swear to God. We were like, ‘It’s John. He likes it!”
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