Paul McCartney Wanted To Do This With The Beatles

It’s something he and John Lennon had discussed, but according to Paul McCartney, ”I never got round to it because we were writing Sgt. Pepper [or] The White Album.“ It’s an idea he never relinquished.

After bonding with John over 1930’s pop songs, Paul said he dreamed of putting together a collection of their old favorites.

That dream is now a reality with Paul’s new album, the one he says is the album he always wanted to make with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm]. Kisses On The Bottom will be released on February 6 and features 12 covers plus two original songs.

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During a press conference last Thursday, Paul talked about the album that was inspired by the soundtrack of his and John’s childhood.

“I wanted to do [music like this] in [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm], [but] every time I came to this album someone else would do it.”  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] did it in 1970 with his Sentimental Journey record. “I kept saying, ‘Well I can’t do it now, it’ll look like I’m jumping on the bandwagon.’ But then I [decided] I’d just do it and not worry about the market.”

According to Paul, the key to the record was “channelling[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Fred Astaire[/lastfm]. We’d [Paul and producer Tommy LiPuma] pull up chords and lyrics … kick it around and record it. I think that’s why I had so much fun doing it. It was just made up on the spot. No preconceived ideas.”

Think it’s far-fetched that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon [/lastfm]would sign on to such a project? Consider the fact that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm]’s first commercially recorded vocal with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] was the song “Ain’t She Sweet,” written in 1927!

Here are a couple of songs from Paul‘s upcoming album.


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