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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Long and Winding Road inspires Scottish art show

The road which inspired The Beatles' hit The Long and Winding Road is to feature in a new exhibition of paintings by best-selling Scottish artist John Lowrie Morrison which opens in Dundee on Saturday. Morrison's painting depicts the road near Paul McCartney's farmhouse on the Mull of Kintyre that he says inspired the song.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
How Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta became a Paul McCartney LP cover

Paul McCartney wandered into Miller's Rexall Drugs in Atlanta because he saw a product called Run Devil Run in the window. They told him it was for depression, and he said, "My wife recently passed away. I'm going to buy it. If it works, I'll write a song about you." Six months later, a picture of the store showed up on Paul's album.

Source: Creative Loafing
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Paul McCartney answers fan question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "Is the song 'Put It There' about your father, brother and you, or is it about your relationship with your children?" Paul answered his that was a phrase his father used the expression regularly, so it is about his father, but also the next generation, and parents and kids.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Monday, February 27, 2017
Paul McCartney marks birthday of George Harrison

George Harrison was born in Liverpool on Feb. 25, 1943. Paul McCartney marked the anniversary of his old bandmate's birthday on Saturday with a touching throwback photo of a recording session. "My lovely friend George," McCartney tweeted. "Still celebrating his birthday. Lucky to have had him in my life."

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Friday, February 24, 2017
Paul McCartney shares studio footage from '80s-era Elvis Costello session

Paul McCartney has released a video featuring a demo of the track My Brave Face which he recorded with Elvis Costello in 1987. The song features on McCartney's Flowers In The Dirt, which is being reissued on March 24. About Costello, Paul said, "We did virtually what John and I did which was just make up a song a day."

More Info: Pictures  Related Articles  Source: Team Rock
McCartney guitarist Brian Ray debuts track at Guitar World

Brian Ray released a two-track digital-only single today. Brian Ray has been a guitarist in Paul McCartney's band since 2002. He was also musical director for Etta James for over a decade and written and performed with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele, Shakira and Adam Lambert.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Paul McCartney to auction off limited edition Shure microphone

The Shure SM58 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone has been used faithfully by the world's most influential musicians since 1966. To celebrate the strong connection of the SM58 to legendary musical artists, Shure has partnered with Paul McCartney to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 graphic painted SM58s.

Source: Music Instrument Professional
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Beatles number one on list of top 40 British artists of all time

The Beatles have been named the best British recording artists in history, according to a new poll. The Fab Four beat out famed rockers Queen to the number-one spot, with David Bowie taking third place on the list. Elton John and the Rolling Stones completed the top five. Paul McCartney came in as a solo act at number 20 on the list.

Source: The Sun, UK
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Mary McCartney to repeat as BRIT Awards' Instagram videographer

Mary McCartney will be the BRIT Awards' official Instagram photographer and videographer for the second time. The 47-year-old daughter of Paul and late wife Linda McCartney will host an exclusive video portrait studio at this year's ceremony, directing short-form backstage films of the winners, VIP guests and artists for Instagram.

Source: NZCity
Stella McCartney apologises after leaving the scene of taxi cab crash

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has apologized after video emerged showing her leaving the scene of an accident involving a taxi driver. Paul McCartney's daughter issued a statement on Tuesday saying she was "very apologetic" about the accident after the driver released footage of the aftermath to the media.

Source: Huffington Post
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Another Kanye West Paul McCartney collaboration reported Warning: Page opens with sound

A song featuring Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig was allegedly recorded by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, who revealed in a New York Times interview that FourFiveSeconds wasn't the only track laid down during the sessions with Kanye West.

Source: NME, UK
Painting copied for Paul McCartney could go on display alongside original

Sir Peter Blake's version of The Monarch Of The Glen, made for Paul McCartney in the sixties, could go on display alongside the 19th-century original. The National Galleries of Scotland is trying to secure the original, and if they do, they'd like to hang it along with Paul's copy, which been hanging for years in his office in London.

Source: The Scotsman, UK
45 Years Ago: McCartney's controversial Give Ireland Back to the Irish

In February 1972 Paul McCartney reacted to a horrific event by writing and releasing "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," an action that could have put his fledgling post-Beatles career on the line. Written and recorded in two days, McCartney was promptly phoned by the chairman of EMI, explaining that they wouldn't release it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Monday, February 6, 2017
Grammy watch: James Teej nominated for remixing Paul McCartney

Music producer James Teej never expected Paul McCartney would give his approval for a dark remix of one of his songs. And he certainly didn't think it would take him to the Grammy Awards. On Sunday, he will be in the running for Best Remixed Recording along with Timo Maas for their update of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five."

Source: The Canadian Press
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Flowers in the Dirt
Listen: Paul McCartney shares rare Flowers in the Dirt demo

Ahead of Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the rollicking "Twenty Fine Fingers," an unreleased demo featuring McCartney singing alongside Elvis Costello, has been unveiled. The track, often bootlegged but never officially released, is presented twice on the Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the track sneaked today and the song's 1988 demo.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for 7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Paul McCartney remembers his friend John Hurt

On the passing of actor John Hurt, Paul McCartney said, "Very sad news about our dear friend John Hurt who I've known since the 60s as a mate and a work colleague. He was always great fun to be with and a fantastic actor with a nicely cynical view of the world. Sympathies to his family, love from me and mine."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Go inside the house Paul McCartney chose to stay in while in India

There is nothing showy or fancy about Pala Kuruvinakunnel Tharavadu (ancestral house), aka Madukakunnu Estate Bungalow. But still, it is a favorite among foreigners visiting Kerala without getting in the spotlight or without the knowledge of paparazzi, including Paul McCartney, who enjoyed his morning walks while staying there.

Source: Manoramana Online
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lennon/McCartney relationship turned into classical work by computer

The charged relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be translated into a classical work composed using a computer analysis of their lyrics. Come Together: The Sonification of McCartney and Lennon will chart the relationship, from the tight bond of the Beatles' early years to the bitterness following their 1970 split.

Source: iNews, UK
Monday, January 23, 2017
A brief history of the ownership of the Beatles catalog

Last week, Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV to regain his ownership stake in the Beatles catalog. If successful, it would end a long and painful battle for McCartney over the ownership of his own songs, involving everyone from early Beatles manager Brian Epstein to Michael Jackson, who bought the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Friday, January 20, 2017
Denny Laine on Wings and Band on the Run

Guitarist and Moody Blues founder Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney created some of the greatest rock of the '70s including Band on the Run, considered by many to be Mr. McCartney's greatest work away from John, George and Ringo. Recently, he talked about how he came to work with Sir Paul.

Source: Washington Times
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV for Beatles music rights

Paul McCartney sued Sony Corp's music publishing arm on Wednesday in federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired two decades before his death. Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit "unnecessary and premature" in an emailed statement.

Related Articles  Source: Reuters
Monday, January 16, 2017
Acclaimed recording engineer Bill Price dies aged 72

Respected engineer/producer Bill Price has passed away at the age of 72. After working with many famous groups like Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues at Decca Records in the sixties, he worked for Sir George Martin at AIR Studios in London in 1970, where he recorded the Live And Let Die album soundtrack with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Music Week
Friday, January 13, 2017
New Paul McCartney album anticipated in 2017

After announcing his return to Capitol Records, for whom the Beatles famously recorded, Paul McCartney wrapped up his 2016 tour and began work on his first album since 2013's New, going into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele. "I'll put out my next album, but I won't think I'm gonna sell a lot," he said.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sean Lennon appears at Stella McCartney fashion show

Their fathers were one of the most iconic song-writing duos in the history of music. And it seems that Beatles friendship has been passed down a generation, as Sean Lennon supported Stella McCartney and posed for pictures with her at the launch of Stella's new clothing line at New York's Cotton Club on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Promoter sues Los Angeles Dodgers over Paul McCartney finders fee

With the help of music industry veteran Tommy Davis, Paul McCartney and AC/DC performed sold out shows at Dodger Stadium in 2014 and 2015, restoring the prestige of Dodger Stadium as a major concert venue. The Dodgers received millions in profits, but according to a new lawsuit, never paid Davis for his work.

Source: Yahoo! Finance
Monday, January 9, 2017
Wings saxophonist Howie Casey to perform Wings Over America

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the triple live album Wings over America, Paul McCartney and Wings Saxophonist Howie Casey and his band Beatles with Wings have put together a show performing songs from the album. Howie Casey and Beatles with Wings will be appearing at The Exchange Sturminster Newton on February 4.

Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine, UK
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's two duet hits in 1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up to achieve the rare feat of scoring two hit duets in little more than a year, with the first, The Girl Is Mine, rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 8, 1983. Their next duet, Say Say Say, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks beginning in late 1983.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Paul McCartney announces Tokyo gigs in April

Paul McCartney will be returning to Japan in April, playing three concerts in Tokyo on April 27, 29 and 30. McCartney made the announcement in a surprise video message on Japan's NHK TV on New Year's Eve. McCartney last performed in Japan in 2015, when he played at the Budokan, his first time there since the Beatles' 1966 concert.

More: PaulMcCartney.com  Related Articles  Source: Japan Today
Monday, January 2, 2017
Video: Paul McCartney makes surprise New Years Eve appearance

Popular American indie-rock band The Killers was performing at the annual private New Year's Eve party thrown by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich at St. Barts in the West Indies, when Paul McCartney unexpectedly joined them onstage. "Let's do it. Happy new year!" said Macca, and then they launched into Helter Skelter.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 30, 2016
Happy birthday to studio where Paul McCartney recorded Warning: Page opens with sound

Strawberry Studios in Manchester, England, where Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, and The Smiths recorded, is about to be celebrated with a new exhibition. For more than 25 years, Strawberry Studios was one of the most important recording facilities in Manchester, and one of the few in the UK outside London.

Source: Manchester Evening News, UK
Paul McCartney reveals info about unheard Christmas CD

On his official website, Paul McCartney, in a fan Q&A about Christmas, has described a CD of Christmas tunes that he multi-tracked in the studio for his kids. Recorded in the 70's, it contains about a dozen Christmas tunes. He's often thought it might be fun to release it, but joked you'll have to wait until next year to find out.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Paul McCartney makes Europe's Top-Earning Celebrities 2016 list

The 10 highest-paid celebrities in Europe made a total of $697.5 million last year. The list is dominated by musicians, One Direction topped the list with $170 million, even though they split in 2015. The Stones pulled in $66.5 million last year, U2 earned $55 million and Paul McCartney made the list at $56.5 million.

Source: Forbes
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Paul McCartney wants you to skip meat once a week

Paul McCartney wants people to banish meat from their diets once a week. McCartney, who has been a vegetarian for around 40 years, has released a booklet for his Meat Free Monday campaign, which he started in 2009 and encourages people to skip animal products for at least 24 hours each week, for a healthier, greener diet for 2017.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beatles DJ marks end of 2016 with special Beatles contest

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels is featuring a big Special Contest on his website. Beginning this Thursday, Dec. 29, the contest will offer 5 prizes all in one package, including The Beatles 1 CD & DVD, Eight Days A Week Deluxe BluRay, The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD, and Pure McCartney double-CD.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 26, 2016
How do you follow The Beatles? Paul McCartney reveals how Wings soared

In a new exclusive interview, Paul McCartney charts the rise of Wings from humble beginnings to the monster Wings Over America tour. Paul remembered, "It was a very exciting time and the Wings Over America tour was the culmination of a lot of hard work. When I think back to that era it was very happy."

Source: Team Rock

Paul McCartney leads tributes to George Michael

Following his surprise death yesterday, Paul McCartney wrote on his website, "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humor made the experience even more pleasurable."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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