Various media outlets on both sides of the Atlantic began publishing stories about Paul McCartney’s demise that supposedly happened on 11/9/66. He apparently hadn’t “noticed that the lights had changed” and “lost his head”. To read more about the back story and get hip to the various “clues” the Beatles dropped in song and photo sessions, click here. We are happy to report that as of September 17th, 3:42 EST, Paul is alive and well.
Christopher Lee, known for playing a Jedi (Count Dooku) and Dracula (1969′s Taste Of Dracula, anyone?) was featured as one of the “band” on Paul McCartney and Wings’ excellent 1973 album, Band On The Run.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete, where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
Beatle Paul turns 68(!) today. His songs and influence will be felt in pop music forever, as will his legacy with the Beatles.
Blackbird in ’04:
Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd threw a party at their home in Surrey to celebrate their recent nuptials. An impromptu jam session broke out with their guests: Mick Jagger, Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ron Wood, Ringo Starr, Jack Bruce, Bill Wyman, George Harrison and Ginger Baker. The hastily assembled supergroup ran through several Eddie Cochran and Little Richard songs. In Clapton’s autobiography he recalls that when the party was over, he and Patti went to retire, only to find Mick and Jerry Hall were already in their bed.
The invitations read:
Me and the Mrs. got married the other day, but that was in America, so we’ve decided to have a bash in my garden on Saturday May 19th about 3.00 p.m. for all out mates here at home, if you are free, try and and make it, it’s bound to be a laugh …..see you then…..
Eric and Pattie Clapton
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Paul McCartney revealed that he is trying to release a Beatles song that some swore didn’t exist. “Carnival of Light” is supposedly a 14-minute improvised psychedelic jam the band recorded in 1967 and was left off of the Anthology releases because it was “too adventurous.” “The time has come for its moment,” said McCartney, who is looking into getting approval from Ringo Starr and the estates of John Lennon and George Harrison to release the track. “I like it because it’s like the Beatles free.” McCartney didn’t provide a time frame for the song’s release or whether it would be included on a compilation or exist as a stand-alone song.
Got To Get You Into My Life
Again And Again And Again
I’ve Had Enough
Cook of the House
Old Siam Sir
Maybe I’m Amazed
The Fool On The Hill
Let It Be
Hot As Sun
Spin It On
Twenty Flight Rock
Arrow Through Me
Mull Of Kintyre
Band On The Run
Got To Get You Into My Life
Let It Be
Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey by Paul & Linda McCartney was the #1 song in America.
Here’s a mocking John performing the song at his birthday party in 1971:
Buddy Rich performing the song:
And Paul and Linda’s version from “Ram”:
Phish on 10/31/1994:
Tom Petty, Prince, Jeff Lynne, etc.:
Sir Paul & Eric Clapton:
George Harrison (of course I know its his song!):
George wrote this song by deciding he was going to write a song based on the first words he saw in a random book. The words happened to be, “gently weeps” and it just kind of took off from there. He recorded an acoustic version with an additional stanza and played it for rest of The Beatles. There was immediate interest amongst John, Paul & Ringo to record it. Eric Clapton was asked to play a “mournful” lead guitar on the solo and it appeared on The White Album.
Imagine coming out of your office in the middle of the workday and lo and behold, The Beatles are playing on the roof. Ho hum. It’s just The Beatles.