When Paul McCartney discovered the Lennon-McCartney ‘fraud’

Paul McCartney remembers the time he discovered a reggae song credited to “Lennon-McCartney” despite having no connection to the work on his new box set, 7″ Single Box.

In the preface to the collection’s liner notes, fhv Beatle discusses his passion for visiting record stores. “I’ve always found there’s something exciting about flipping through the boxes in a record store looking for the next discovery,” he writes (via Rolling stones). “I still love it and there are some cool independent record stores near my office in London.”

He recalls making a particularly strange discovery during a visit to Tony’s Records in Montego Bay, Jamaica. “There were records you didn’t know what they were, they weren’t established artists,” he says. “So it was quite an adventure, just asking the guy behind the counter, ‘How’s this? Is it good?’

“There would be songs with titles like ‘Lick I Pipe’. Another was called ‘Poison Pressure’ by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, written by Lennon & McCartney. I had to buy it. Had they just recorded one of our songs? No. It was something else entirely, and we all assumed it might be a couple of guys calling Tony Lennon and Bill McCartney. Either that, or it was a total scam.”

The track, which you can hear below, interpolates the chorus of John Lennon‘Give Peace a Chance’, presumably giving Lee the opportunity to name the iconic Beatles songwriting partnership.

Listen to Byron Lee and the Dragonaires’ ‘Poison Pressure’

McCartney also notes his love of jukeboxes, saying he had one at home and at his London headquarters, the latter of which he acquired while filming his 1984 film Greetings Broad Street. “The jukebox in my office is from a scene in the movie Greetings Broad Street. I liked it so I talked to the guy who brought it and I ended up buying it from him,” he says. “It’s such a nice vintage piece and the songs in there – things like ‘Long Tall Sally knows Little Richard and ‘Hound Dog’ by Elvis Presley – really take me back to my childhood. All these memories of when we were kids, way back before the Beatles.”

McCartney wants to release 7″ Single Box on Dec. 2. It is available for pre-order now and retails for just over $600. The set includes McCartney’s first solo single, 1971’s “Another Day” (with the B-side “Oh Woman, Oh Why”) — but, he notes, “It doesn’t include my last single because I haven’t written it yet. “

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