Two dominant personalities dominated the greatest bands in rock history. They decided the success or the demise of the band. There are many examples of this, but the best-known has changed the history of music. The most prominent songwriting partnership was Lennon / McCartney. The two heads of the Beatles were role models for entire generations of musicians who followed their footsteps.
They started working together when John Lennon and Paul McCartney met. Their songs shaped the band’s early years, as did their late work. But over the years, not only did the band develop but also the way their leaders worked. While Lennon / McCartney wrote together at the beginning, later they were mostly solo songs. That changed over the years. In contrast to before, each other’s contribution was later limited to only one grant.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote most of the numbers in the Beatles’ final years alone. As if that weren’t enough, they became a strong competitor in their band with George Harrison. A hitherto unknown tape from September 1969 shows that the Beatles were planning something revolutionary shortly before the end of their career. They wanted to dissolve the Lennon / McCartney song partnership officially. In future, the number should appear under the name of the composer. But it shouldn’t come to that. A little while later, the band was finally over. What the legendary duo Lennon / McCartney were capable of is best described by an anecdote that another well-known guitarist once told the best.
The band heads met Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones by chance in a pub. Their band was still at the very beginning and needed a hit. They asked their colleagues for a song. They sat down in a corner of the bar without further ado and composed a piece of music on a napkin. A little later this became the first hit of the Rolling Stones. Jagger / Richards also acted as equal opponents in songwriting. They still set the tone for the band today and have been for decades.
Numerous bands emulated these two famous role models throughout the history of music. Led Zeppelin had Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, who made the most famous hard rock band in the world out of the initially ridiculed group. Johnny Marr and Morrissey formed The Smiths and took the band to Olympus in just four albums. People considered them to be the legendary successors of Lennon / McCartney. But when the two broke up in an argument, the Smiths’ career was over. However, their brief fame was enough to inspire another great British band. Oasis are still considered huge The Smiths fans to this day. The brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher led their group to world fame. Like numerous role models before them, they parted ways in an argument and thus also ended the career of their band.