Paul McCartney Wanted To Do This With The Beatles

It’s something he and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] had discussed, but according to [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm], “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 1930s pop songs, Paul said he dreamed of putting together a collection of their old favorites.

That dream is now a reality with his 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.

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 [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.

  • Major Astro

    Rock ‘n’ Roll is a 1975 album of late 1950s and early 1960s songs covered by John Lennon. So Yeah, he probably would have been on board with Paul, don’t ya think?!

    Side One
    1.”Be-Bop-A-Lula” (Tex Davis, Gene Vincent) – 2:39
    2.”Stand by Me” (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ben E. King) – 3:26
    3.”Medley: Rip It Up/Ready Teddy” (Robert ‘Bumps’ Blackwell, John Marascalco) – 1:33
    4.”You Can’t Catch Me” † (Chuck Berry) – 4:51
    5.”Ain’t That a Shame” (Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew) – 2:38
    6.”Do You Want to Dance” (Bobby Freeman) – 3:15
    7.”Sweet Little Sixteen” † (Chuck Berry) – 3:01
    Side Two
    8.”Slippin’ and Slidin'” (Eddie Bocage, Albert Collins, Richard Wayne Penniman, James H. Smith) – 2:16
    9.”Peggy Sue” (Jerry Allison, Norman Petty, Buddy Holly) – 2:06
    10.”Medley: Bring It On Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin'” (Sam Cooke)/(John Marascalco, Leo Price) – 3:41
    11.”Bony Moronie” † (Larry Williams) – 3:47
    12.”Ya Ya” (Lee Dorsey, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson) – 2:17
    13.”Just Because” † (Lloyd Price) – 4:25

    • Steve Goddard

      Lennon had one of the greatest rock and roll voices of all time, but I also like his ballads like Yes It Is and In My Life. Would love to have heard his take on some of the standards. – Thanks for the comment Major. – Steve

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