Ringo Starr has been brought to tears by the memory of his final conversation with Harrison who, dying in a Swiss hospital bed, still managed a bleak joke. Starr had to leave because his daughter was undergoing emergency brain surgery in Los Angeles. "George said: 'Do you want me to come with you?' They were the last words I heard him say."
The Dirty Mac were a one-time English supergroup consisting of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell that Lennon put together for the Rolling Stones' TV special titled The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Recorded on 11 December 1968, this show marked the first time since the formation of the Beatles that Lennon, who was still in the group, had performed in public without them. He introduced the other members of the Dirty Mac by their proper names but introduced himself as "Winston Leg-Thigh".
One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon after hearing his then-wife Cynthia, according to Lennon, "going on and on about something". Later, after she'd gone to bed, he went downstairs and turned it into a song.
"Free as a Bird" was originally composed and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995, 25 years after the break-up of the band and 15 years after John's death, a studio version was released as a single, incorporating contributions from Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.