Beatles come together and help rumours of reunion: TV documentary presents chance for Fab Three to join musical forces

RUMOURS that the three surviving members of the Beatles may get together again to record have created a wave of hype and nostalgia.

A series of 10 one-hour documentaries on the history of the band is to be made by Apple Corps with the backing of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono.

The series, to be shown on television this year, is provisionally entitled The Long and Winding Road, a description that could also be applied to the project which has been at the planning stage since the band split up in 1970.

In the aftermath, relations between the Fab Four - who became three when John Lennon was shot dead by a deranged gunman in 1980 - were rocky.

McCartney, valued at an estimated pounds 400m, emerged much richer than Harrison or Starr, who in latter years busied himself reading voice-overs for Thomas the Tank Engine children's stories.

There were also business disputes and bad feeling, with Harrison, who later joined the Travelling Wilburys, convinced that Lennon and McCartney had failed to take his talents seriously.

'The usual thing was that we'd do 14 of their tunes and then they'd condescend to listen to one of mine,' he once observed.

But times change, and the three have agreed to try recording together again for the first time for the documentary. This in turn has been interpreted by thousands of enthusiastic fans as a signal that they will re-form.

It is a notion that has always been dismissed by the musicians, despite being wooed by Bill Clinton for a White House party last year. George Harrison once explained it by saying: 'The Beatles will never reform as long as John Lennon is dead.'

Certainly, the odds against Lennon's reincarnation meant that the band, unlike other ageing pop groups, never lost its mystique.

Now the rumour that the Fab Three will get together again in a studio, if only to record incidental music to accompany the documentary or possibly nothing at all, has provoked extensive comment on whether the band is wise to re-form and whether the hypothetical prospect is even possible without Lennon.

A music industry source complained yesterday that the speculation was getting out of control. It was not unlikely, he added, that the three would get on so badly in the studio that any new recording would prove impossible.

'My understanding is that it's three musicians interested in seeing whether they can do something together again as the culmination to the video project. People have got completely the wrong end of the stick,' he said.

'No one knows how those sessions are going to work and there won't necessarily be an album, only incidental music. It's nothing to get excited about. I don't think they even know what they're going to do,' he added.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Parts Advisor

£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developer

£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Telemarketers / Sales - Home Based - OTE £23,500

£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...

Recruitment Genius: Showroom Assistant

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor