“Would I have liked to have been a Beatle?” Jeff Lynne pauses for thought before slowly shaking his head. “I don’t know. It wasn’t all beer and skittles being a Beatle. “To have been under so much pressure, to not have been able to walk down the street? I’m a very private person. I would have found that very tough. So maybe no.
“But to share the studio with George, Paul and Ringo, and to hear all those wonderful stories, that was very special. It was a privilege, beyond a privilege. The stuff of dreams.” The 66-year-old Shard End kid-turned Hollywood A-lister, who will take his place on Broad Street’s Walk of Stars on Thursaday, famously brought John Lennon back to life. Not literally, of course, but in the recording studio during the 1994 sessions for The Beatles Anthology albums, which collected together classics, rarities and two new songs based on unfinished Lennon demos. Called in by close friend Harrison, it was up to Jeff to use his production wizardry to help revive Free As A Bird and Real Love for the project, a virtual reunion of the Fab Four eventually released 25 years after they split up.
Source: Birmingham Mail, UK