Incredibly rare selfie shows John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons together
We may only have two of the members of The Beatles with us still, but the band lives on. Even today, ask many of us our favourite tune and we'll tell you it's Come Together, Hey Jude or one of the hundreds of other songs the foursome lovingly created. Not to mention, whenever someone walks in with moptop, our minds automatically go to those four young boys from Liverpool who had no idea that they would become the most famous band in history.
One other way that the English band lives on though is through their children. So when John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons posted a picture of them hanging out together this week, people, predictably, became pretty excited.
The image in question was posted by Sean Ono Lennon, 42, son of the late John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono, and featured him sitting next to James McCartney, 40, the fourth son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney.
Captioned "Peekaboo", the photo threw Instagram into a frenzy, with thousands of people pointing out that fact that the two men bore strong resemblances to their famous fathers.
"?Wow ? great pic but it's kind of spooky. It's just like a young paul and john," wrote social media user @musical_oap. They were joined by @klent1961_ who agreed, commenting: "You two definitely look like your famous fathers. I am still saddened by the loss of your father Sean. The world lost a wonderful person."
Other eagle-eyed fans were excited by the fact that Sean appeared to be holding a guitar in the picture, the inclusion of the musical instrument sparking speculation that the pair were making music together. "?When Time/History Repeats Itself, Seasoned and Blessed☝️," Instagrammer @deralddeblasis put.
It's not the first time Sean has hung out with one of Paul's children; last year he was photographed with James' sister Stella McCartney, at her pre-fall fashion show in New York.
The songwriting partnership between Paul and John still stands today as one of the best-known and most successful musical collaborations in history, with The Beatles selling hundreds of millions of albums, becoming the best-selling band ever.
Despite their career successes, the pair's friendship remained a major point of interest in the media, particularly when it appeared to rupture in the late 1960s. When Paul began the process of legally dissolving the band’s partnership in December 1970, John took their spat public in the pages of Rolling Stone, complaining of his partner's overbearing nature in the studio, his poor leadership following the death of manager Brian Epstein, as well as his hostile reaction to his relationship with Yoko Ono.
However, after years of alleged fighting, the pair eventually made up and in John's last interview before his death, he said of Paul: "He's like a brother. I love him. Families -- we certainly have our ups and downs and our quarrels. But at the end of the day, when it's all said and done, I would do anything for him, and I think he would do anything for me."
In addition, Paul has stated he is glad the two managed to settle their differences before John was shot dead by Mark David Chapman in 1980. "I'm so glad, because it would have been the worst thing in the world to have this great relationship that then soured and he gets killed, so there was some solace in the fact that we got back together. We were good friends," he said. "The story about the break-up, it's true, but it's not the main bit. The main bit was the affection."
It's great to hear that the legendary pair's sons are hanging out together - will the two Come Together and give us some music that would make their dads proud? Watch this space...