The youngest sons of John Lennon and Paul McCartney have released a new song: NPR

Last week James McCartney (left), the Beatle's son Paul McCartney has released a new song called “Primrose Hill” which he co-wrote with Sean Ono Lennon, John Lennon's son.

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Last week James McCartney (left), the Beatle's son Paul McCartney has released a new song called “Primrose Hill” which he co-wrote with Sean Ono Lennon, John Lennon's son.

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When two musicians with famous fathers create a song together, it is sure to turn heads. That goes double when the names associated with the song are Lennon and McCartney.

“Primrose Hill” is a soft nostalgic tune by James McCartney, courtesy of Sean Ono Lennon. They are the youngest descendants of one of the most famous songwriting duos in history.

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In a photo McCartney posted on Instagram, the two musicians look strikingly similar to their famous Beatles fathers. Lennon was born in 1975, five years before his father's murder, and has forged a respectable, if uneven, career as a musician since the 1990s, performing with his mother, Yoko Ono, and with bands such as Cibo Matto. (Earlier this year, Rolling stone described his new album, Asterismsas “a genreless wash of instrumental music.”)

James McCartney, whose mother was the late Linda McCartney, is two years younger. He began his recording career by contributing to his parents' music in the late 1990s, but did not begin releasing his own recordings until ten years later. On Instagramhe said the song was inspired by an idyllic childhood memory.

“As a child I had a vision in Scotland, on a beautiful summer day,” he says enthusiastically. “When I let go, I saw my true love and savior in my mind's eye. Primrose Hill is about getting the ball rolling and finding this person.”

Paul McCartney promoted the song on his Facebook page, writing that he was sending “lots of love to Sean Ono Lennon.” Those who are reflexively cynical about nepo-baby collaborations won't be shocked to learn that the song hasn't performed particularly well on Spotify, where it received fewer than 40,000 listens in the five days following its release. But while no one will mistake James McCartney for his father with this single, the song shares his affable spirit. It is a recognizable tribute to a legendary family, and perhaps nothing more than it is meant to be: a sweet and modest little something.

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