PBS Paul Rocks The White House
Where were you Wednesday night, July 28th at 8PM EST? If you weren't glued in front of your TV and tuned into the PBS program, “In Performance at The White House: The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song”, you missed a star studded tribute to Paul McCartney.
The sound quality from The East Room of The White House was unbelievable. Paul even acknowledged it was a great room to play in a clear expression of his grateful thanks to all of the artists who performed his songs for him.
Faith Hill turned out a sweet rendition of The Long and Winding Road ... a little shaky at first, but she overcame nervousness to a welcomed standing ovation.
Elvis Costello dedicated Penny Lane to his parents, featuring a piccolo trumpet player from the US Marine Corp Band who blew all the right tripled-tongue licks that made the audience flip over the tune.
Emmy Lou Harris sang her heart out on the seldom heard, For No One. She should include it on a CD and sell it from a street corner to make a million.
Stevie Wonder played his 1970 cover, We Can Work it Out and was joined by Paul for their famous duet, Ebony and Ivory, in perfect harmony.
Herbie Hancock's jazz number, Blackbird, featuring vocalist, Corinne Bailey Rae was a phenomenon of musical brilliance.
Lang Lang, classical piano virtuoso, magically performed Celebrations, from Paul's Standing Stone album.
But it was Paul who stole the show, and rightfully so, with his sweet dedication to the President’s wife, of Michelle. “I might be the first person to ever get knocked out by The President”, Macca quipped at the end. As usual, Paul’s band was on top of the beat and the night could have gone on for days. Listen for highlights on Beatle Brunch, the weekend of August 14th.