Saturday, May 18, 2024

Exclusive News About Paul McCartney New Album of Standards


Exclusive: Paul McCartney wrote two new songs for his upcoming album of lost standards from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. In addition to songs written by or associated with Frank Loesser, Fats Waller, Charles Brown, and other legends, McCartney contributed a couple he wrote in the style of the great jazz classics. One of them, called “My Valentine,” is up on YouTube (see link here).

The album, whose title may be released this week, was produced by another legend, Tommy LiPuma, and features Diana Krall, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, and a collection of all star musicians. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two tracks. Stevie Wonder adds his harmonica to another. There are no guest vocals, just Sir Paul.

McCartney was so happy with the experience, I’m told he’s asked LiPuma to produce his MusiCares Person of the Year show on February 10th in Los Angeles–three days after the album is released.

Some tracks from the album–I can tell you exclusively–include “My Valentine” (the probable title), “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “We Three,” “Get Yourself Another Fool,” “Only Our Hearts,” (with an arrangement by another legend, Johnny Mandel) and Loesser’s “More I Cannot Wish You” from “Guys and Dolls.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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