by Robert Wilkinson
Today we send up a big Happy 72nd Birthday to one of the world's musical treasures, Paul McCartney.
Paul McCartney (18 June 1942) has given us some of the most memorable love songs in history (rockers too!), and is living proof that those who said the Beatles were a "flash in the pan" and would be forgotten within a few years were impossibly wrongheaded contrarians. And he's still rocking! Today I've dug up a few things that may entertain you, so enjoy!
Part of one of the greatest songwriting teams in history, he was central to the first global broadcast for peace, and even before that was one of the "godfathers" of the first major pop festival in history, the legendary "Summer of Love" gathering at Monterrey filmed by the legendary D.A. Pennebaker of "Don't Look Back" fame. Without Sir Paul's input, we in America may never have had the magical tours of Jimi Hendrix and the Who in 1967-68, or heard of Ravi Shankar and so many other musical immortals of our times.
To give you a sense of what was up when Sir Paul hit the ground running, here’s a great intro! From the beginning of Beatlemania, in December 1963, the Beatles live on “It’s the Beatles” giving the world what they did best!
Also from 1963, on the Morecambe television show, the Beatles live performing “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” plus a barbershop quartet gag number at the end
Here they are, very live at the 1964 NME performing ”She Loves You,” “You Can’t Do That,” “Twist and Shout,” “Long Tall Sally,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
Most don’t know it, but Jack Paar on the Tonight Show featured a performance clip before their Ed Sullivan appearance. For a taste of early Beatlemania, The Beatles In France 1964 plus the Jack Paar Tonight Show Beatles Appearance
(Last year I had all three appearances by the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, but they’re nowhere to be found at this time.)
The Beatles in 1964 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (set list: “Twist and Shout,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Long Tall Sally,” and a medley of their biggest hits at the time)
From Blackpool Night Out in August 1965, The Beatles live in a great 17 minute set! It's supposedly one of the first, or the first, time "Yesterday" was performed live on stage.
From their 1964 Australian tour here's another set of Beatle gems!
This is extremely rare! It's the entire clip from their Melbourne concert in 1964. While some footage was lost forever, this is the entire restored concert, complete with opening acts. The lost video footage was replaced with stills.
"The Beatles in Melbourne 1964" ("I Saw Her Standing There," "You Can't Do That," "She Loves You," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Can't Buy Me Love," "This Boy," "Twist and Shout," "Long Tall Sally.")
Here are 9 great minutes of the Beatles performing on the "Ready Steady Go" television show!Here’s 22 minutes from the Beatles’ 1964 concert at the Hollywood Bowl
Here is a great clip from 1964 of The Beatles on Shindig
From 1966, the Beatles in Germany live and rocking out showing why they were the greatest rock and roll band in the world then! "Rock and Roll Music," "Baby's In Black," "I Feel Fine," "Yesterday," "Nowhere Man" (AWESOME harmonies!), and "I'm Down."
Here's a rare obscurity toward the end of his time with the Beatles. It's a jam, with Paul on organ, George on guitar, John on bass, and Ringo on drums doing a very "Grateful Dead-ish" noodle supposedly "written" by Paul. For your enjoyment, "The Palace of the King of the Birds"
Here's Paul McCartney's you tube "channel," where you can find a lot of great performance material, his tour schedule, and a lot more!
From his album, "Memory Almost Full," comes a video of "Dance Tonight." From the same source, there are several more videos, including a great montage titled "Memory Almost Full EPK" and a video of "Nod Your Head.".
Here’s Paul McCartney’s classic performance on Letterman! If you have any doubt about how he still rocks in concert, well, check it out!!
Here's another version from 2003 from Red Square in Moscow of "Back in the USSR"
For another great rocker, here's Paul and Wings doing "Junior's Farm."
From his 2008 concert in Independence Square, Kiev, where 350,000 showed up to boogie, here's Paul and the band doingPaul McCartney Live in Red Square
From last June’s concert in Brooklyn, here’s Paul live performing
Here’s the entire one hour episode on the Colbert Report featuring Sir Paul! Paul McCartney on the Colbert Report
We'll end this birthday celebration with Paul's own composition for all of us who celebrate rocking birthdays! From 2008 Kiev, here's Sir Paul doing "Birthday"
And of course, if you want to see more of this musical master when he was "the cute Beatle," you can always check out "A Hard Day's Night," still a brilliant piece of film work, and "Help," the follow-up Beatles' romp. And then there's "Yellow Submarine"....
His “Out There” tour is happening! Check out what this amazing talent is giving the world now via the official Paul McCartney official website
Thanks for everything, Sir Paul. You changed the world for the better, and that's a very good thing. Thanks for the past, present, and future memories, which are never "almost full."
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson