Magazine article Newsweek

Remembering Tears and Laughter

Magazine article Newsweek

Remembering Tears and Laughter

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We just fancied each other" is how Sir Paul McCartney explained his 30-year romance with his late wife to a British tabloid last week. "That was the whole root, the whole essence of our love." In a long, intimate interview with the Daily Mail, the ex-Beatle described for the first time the last two years with Linda, who died of cancer in April. Among other revelations, McCartney, 56, says he knew Linda was dying but chose not to tell her. "I was the only one who knew. One of the doctors said she ought to be told, but I didn't want to tell her because I didn't think she'd want to know." They'd been working on her new solo album, "Wide Prairie," through her illness. The couple called those emotional days in the recording studio "the tears and laughter sessions," he says. "We'd be sitting there listening to a poignant ballad and crying, then the next song would be an outrageous tongue-in-cheek track, so we'd be laughing. …

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