Pat Benatar is Born

This day in Rock History: In 1971 – The trial over Paul McCartney’s move to dissolve the Beatles partnership begins today in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoilt child.”

In 1956 – Elvis Presley starts his first recording session for RCA. The result includes “Heartbreak Hotel.”

In 1952 – Pat Benatar (Pat Andrzejewski) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her first six albums all go platinum, selling more than 1 million copies.

In 1945 – Roderick (Rod) Stewart is born in London. His biggest hit, “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” is No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 for eight weeks.

And finally, in 1948 – Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is born in Passaic, N.J. The pop/jazz group has three top 10 albums, including “Aja,” which goes to No. 3 on Chart Toppers’s pop chart.

Elton John Hits #1 with Beatles Cover

On Dec. 29, 1974, Elton John’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” hits number one on the charts. The John Lennon-Paul McCartney song first appeared on the Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967.

Here’s a clip of Elton’s performance of the song from the BBC series “Top Of The Pops”:

Paul McCartney And Bruce Springsteen Jam Beatles Classic

Paul McCartney fans attending his concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday night (Sept. 15) got more than the paid for when Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt joined Sir Paul onstage.

After chants of “Bruce!” echoed through the arena, McCartney and Springsteen performed the Beatles’ classic “I Saw Her Standing There” not once, but twice.

“Are you guys ready to rock?” McCartney asked the crowd as Springsteen and Van Zandt strapped on their guitars. The Boss was all smiles and he bowed down to McCartney before they started the song. They played the tune twice because, even though first go-through rocked, well, he wanted to do it again. And at his shows, he’s the boss.

Paul McCartney and Sony Settle Beatles Catalog Suit

Back in January of this year, Paul McCartney sued Sony over the rights to The Beatles catalog. McCartney did so to ensure he would not be in breach when he decided to reclaim his rights.

It appears that McCartney and Sony have settled the lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter, though the details of the settlement are unknown.


“The parties have resolved this matter by entering into a confidential settlement agreement and jointly request that the Court enters the enclosed proposed order dismissing the above-referenced action without prejudice,” Michael Jacobs, McCartney’s attorney told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

The rights to the Beatles catalog was famously fought over between McCartney and Michael Jackson in 1985, where the latter outbid him during the sale. Jackson bought ATV, the company that had owned the copyrights to the Beatles songs for $47 million.

Jackson would later share half of the rights to Sony for $100 million. After the King of Pop’s death in 2009, his estate sold the other half to Sony for $750 million.

McCartney’s case stems from Section 304(c) of the Copyright Act of 1976. Section 304(c) states that authors can reclaim their ownership interests in any works assigned by them prior to January 1, 1978, after 56 years. Under this law, McCartney’s songs, written with John Lennon, would become available to him in 2018.

Attorneys for both parties declined further comment.

Paul McCartney: Working With Kanye West Was ‘Intriguing Process’

Paul McCartney recently did a Facebook Live chat on his page, hosted by Tim Minchin. During the live chat, McCartney was asked about his collaboration with Kanye West in 2015.  The duo had worked together to produce three songs that would be released by West; “Only One”, “All Day”, and “FourFiveSeconds”, which also featured Rihanna.

“I got a phone call and my manager said, ‘Kanye West would like to work with you,’” McCartney told Minchin. “And I go, ‘Yeah, we’ll do it.’ I was a little bit nervous at first because I thought it could go horribly wrong. But I was intrigued to see what he was up to and how he did it.”
McCartney said “it was a very intriguing process. You basically don’t write songs. You basically just talk and noodle a bit and you record it all on your phone. And then he goes away. And that’s basically his record. But it was great doing it because I don’t work like that.”

McCartney compared the process of working with West to his time working with The Beatles on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

“So I was waiting three months after we’d finished [recording],” McCartney said. “I didn’t really hear anything but ‘Hey, bro, what’s going on?’ But I’m thinking, should I say, ‘Did we write a song? Will a record come out of this?’ Anyway, this arrives and it’s a Rihanna song. … I said, ‘This is great! I have to ring up and say, ‘Am I on this?’ And he goes, ‘Oh, yeah. You’re the guitar player.’ I go, ‘I don’t remember.’ And he said, ‘We sped it up.’ So they manipulated this, kind of – although, we’re talking about Sgt. Pepper, we loved manipulating. So I think we would have been into a lot of these tricks nowadays because we did speed things up a little bit.”

May 26th: On This Day

On this day in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an eight-day “bed in:, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace.

They recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record.

May 23rd: On This Day

On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Apart from Linda McCartney’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo. Though the album received an unfavorable response, the song “Maybe I’m Amazed” received critical acclaim.

The album has since been Certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.

Paul McCartney Shows Off His ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Look

Paul McCartney took to his social media Saturday and showed off his look for the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
McCartney filmed a cameo for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the Johnny Depp-led saga, which is set for release on May 26.

E Online reported that the former Beatle will play a jail guard in the film.

Of course, McCartney isn’t the first rock star from the British Invasion to show up in the Pirates Saga. Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has played Jack Sparrow’s (Depp’s) father, Captain Teague, in two of the films.

May 5th: On This Day

On this day in 1969, The Beatles released “Get Back” as a single in the US. The song was originally released just as a single credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston.” Eventually, a different mix would wind up as the closing track for the album Let It Be.  The single version was later issued on the compilation albums 1967–1970, 20 Greatest Hits, Past Masters, and 1.

John Lennon stated in 1980 that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang “Get back to where you once belonged.” Lennon also stated that “there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there”.

The song hit #1 on nearly every single major pop chart and was Certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.


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