Eric Griffiths, a friend of Lennon who was also a member of The Quarrymen, claims Lennon considered McCartney “precocious”. However, he was talked out of sacking him from the band by Griffiths himself.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper (March 25), Griffiths told Beatles biographer Hunter Davies: “[Paul] was precocious in many ways. Not just in music, but in relating to people…
“I was walking ahead with John. John suddenly said: ‘Let’s split the group, and you and me will start again.’ We could hear Paul behind us, chatting to [fellow Quarryman] Pete [Shotton] as if he was Pete’s best friend. John knew we were all his pals, but now Paul was trying to get in on us. Not to split us up, just make friends with us all. I’m sure that was all it was, but to John it looked as if Paul was trying to take over, dominate the group.
Davies is currrenly working on a book on The Quarrymen.