From Norbert K@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jun 5 07:56:22 2022
It was an active year on the Beatles front, but it was the group's extended family that made the zestiest news in 1982. Paul McCartney showed up on the BBC radio program Desert Island Discs and selected his all-time Top Ten songs. His choices ranged
from "Be-Bop-A-Lula" to "Courtly Dances" from Benjamin Britten's opera Gloriana. His favorite selection, though, was a touching surprise: John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy." McCartney and his wife Linda lunched with Yoko Ono in New York later in the year;
Ono and the McCartneys have been negotiating to purchase the publishing rights to the Beatles' songs.
In the fall, Ono announced that she was leaving Geffen records and had signed a long-term pact with Polygram. The split between Geffen and Ono was said to be "mutual and understanding," though one report suggested that Geffen had dropped Ono after
becoming convinced she couldn't make a commercially successful LP. Ono's album, entitled It's Alright, was issued in November, and was filled with references to her late husband. Polygram may now be able to release the John Lennon tracks that were to
have appeared on the Double Fantasy followup, Milk and Honey.