Paul McCartney appeared in a video tribute to Sir George Martin as the Beatles producer received an award for “The Outstanding Contribution to UK Music” at the 2013 Music Producers Guild Awards in London, the BBC reported Thursday.
The BBC reported McCartney called Martin "a great, great guy" and said, "Thank you for all the great times, and I hope there's many more.” Martin told the udience, "I'm so thrilled by this because I never thought I'd get any more awards. I didn't even think you gave awards to 80-year-olds ... and I've been out of work for a few years." He told the BBC, "I have one little space on the mantelpiece that's still vacant, so this'll do it."
YOKO'S VIDEO MESSAGE TO GOVERNOR: In her latest effort to fight fracking, Yoko Ono announced on her Imagine Peace website Thursday she had released a new video message Thursday to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Governor Cuomo, Since you haven’t met with me about the dangers of fracking, I will show you now on TV,” Yoko says as the 30-second video begins. After clips of dangers from fracking accompanied by John Lennon's song "Gimme Some Truth," she ends the video by saying, “P.S. Nice to meet you, Governor.” You can see the video at left.
WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Times-Picayune featured an interview with Robert Retz and Evelyn Trahan, who met up with Paul McCartney in the picture gone viral taken on a bus during Super Bowl weekend. He said Trahan sat next to McCartney and began singing “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” and McCartney sang with her. He then posed for pictures.
PAUL'S STEPMOTHER LAUNCHES BOOK: Angie McCartney, Paul’s stepmother, launched her new book, “My Long and Winding Road,” last week to a packed audience at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall. According to author David Bedford of The Beatles Website, the evening featured short videos, created by daughter Ruth McCartney and her husband, with narration from Angie and Ruth of stories in the book, along with music by Beatles tribute bands. A highlight was a panel featuring Beatles fan club secretary Freda Kelly, Billy Hatton from The Fourmost, and author Kevin Roach (“The McCartneys: In the Town Where They Were Born”). A story told was about “Blackbird.” When Angie’s mother Edie was staying with the McCartneys, she wasn’t feeling well. So Paul went and talked to Edie. She told Paul how she woke in the early hours and would listen to a blackbird singing in the tree in the garden. Paul then made a recording of him singing “Blackbird,” on which he says, “This is for Edie.” The recording was played at the event.
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