Paul McCartney plays “Hey Jude” at the White House, with a wonderful ending

Courtesy of Society of Rock, we have a performance of Paul McCartney at the White House. The occasion was his getting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2010 (the prize was first awarded in 2007, and other recipients have been Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and (this year) Smokey Robinson. Who else, do you think, deserves it?)

The real fun begins with the audience participation at 3:50, and who do you think gets up on the stage and boogies? You’ll recognize some of them, but our current President and his family are up there wailing away as well.

Damn, I’ll miss Obama! Can you even imagine Donald Trump doing something like this? And even if he did, it would be fake.

Wikipedia says this:

On November 18, 2009, the Library announced Sir Paul McCartney as the third recipient of the honor. The ceremony for McCartney was held June 2, 2010, in the East Room of the White House with President Obama and Mrs. Obama in attendance. Performers included McCartney as well as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Jonas Brothers [WTF? Did Sasha and Melia want them?], Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, Lang Lang and Jack White, with remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.

 

The award:

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28 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    2010! Lovely. The president’s hair has changed considerably over 6 years. The girls have grown up. What’s next?

  2. Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    James Taylor deserves the award.

  3. Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Who else, do you think, deserves it?

    Assuming I can nominate dead people:

    Bob Dylan
    Chuck Berry
    Bruce Cockburn
    James Taylor
    Warren Zevon
    Rodgers and Hammerstein
    Woody Guthrie
    Robert Johnson
    Willie McTell
    Brian Wilson
    Gershwin himself of course
    Scott Joplin
    Don Henley and Glenn Frey
    David Bromberg
    Jackson Browne
    Pete Townshend
    Mick Jagger
    Huddy Ledbetter
    Neil Young
    Joni Mitchell
    Lindsay Buckingham
    Bruce Springsteen
    John Hiatt
    Cat Stevens
    Pete Seeger
    Johnny Cash
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Elton John
    Gabby Pahinui
    Lou Reed
    Bill Monroe
    Bob Wills
    Bob Marley
    Holland, Dozier, and Holland
    Antonio Jobim
    Sam Cooke
    Stan Rogers

    OK, I’ll stop now.

    • Taz
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      If we’re including dead people – Stephen Foster.

    • jwthomas
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Assuming you can’t nominate dead people: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young. And the Carole King award should have gone to Goffin/King. James Taylor was recently honored by the Kennedy Center. Why they didn’t pick Leonard Cohen before he died baffles me. And if they finally choose Dylan let’s hope he doesn’t show up 🙂

      • Posted December 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

        I think the people have to be alive to be chosen. And they have to be Americans, which knocks out both Neil Young and Joni Mitchell (she would have been my choice).

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Mick, but no Keith?

      I prefer my Rogers with Lorenz Hart.

      • Posted December 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

        Two misses on my part, I agree.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted December 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

          I think you got the rest of ’em right, jb.

  4. Chris G
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Wonderful stuff, had me singing along at the end (I cheating, sang with both the men AND the women!)
    Not many world-leaders can pull this kind of thing off. Trump incapable for sure, but we won’t see it at Downing St anytime soon either,
    Chris G.

  5. GBJames
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Trump can get Ted Nugent.

  6. nickswearsky
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Trump will have a similar performance, but the celebrities present will be Scott Baio, Antonio Sobato Jr., Vince McMahon and some has-beens from the WWE, and Lee Greenwood.

    • nickswearsky
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      And it will suck. The guests will also receive Presidential medals of Freedom and Trump will tell us it was the greatest performance in the history of the world. Fox news will report it as such.

  7. Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I object. Hey Jude is the secret British National Anthem and should be sung at all State Occasions.

    • Kevin
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      No this should be sung at all State Occasions.

      Imagine

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Not a bad tune … for the B-side of the 45 with “Revolution.” 🙂

  8. Ned
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Keeping the list and emphasizing songwriters whose songs have been widely covered by others in addition to their own recordings, I’d go with Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

    Also, although I know nothing of the Jonus Brothers, they did a great job on Drive My Car at this event.

  9. Steve Kern
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Jerry wrote… “Damn, I’ll miss Obama!”
    He gets it exactly right. We are about to replace the most likeable president ever… the one we have admired and enjoyed more than any other… with a lying con man. An egomaniac. Jerry Coyne sees what’s coming. It’s much more than policy and ideology. We are about to lose the pleasure we experience from the presence in our lives of a man we have come to love. That space will be filled by a charlatan we despise.

  10. Kevin
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    It is probabilistic truth that in the ring of entertainment, there is a only a small pool of willing participants who would want to be in close proximity to future President Pu$$ygrabber.

    • jwthomas
      Posted December 8, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink

      Just let him try it on Patti Smith 🙂

      • nickswearsky
        Posted December 8, 2016 at 10:08 am | Permalink

        Unfortunately, in Trump’s book Smith is barely a 4. He only grabs 9’s or higher.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted December 8, 2016 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        Yeah, let him try that p-grabby crap with a Chrissie Hynde or a Bonnie Raitt. He’d be wearing those little orange nuts of his up around his throat.

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Becker & Fagen — though they’re about as likely to get a White House invite as John Hinckley and the leftover Tsarnaev brother.

    Also, Robbie Robertson — In the feud with Levon, I trusted Levon. But that doesn’t change that Robbie is a helluva songwriter, and deserving of this award.

  12. Al
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Putin can sing too. Maybe he and Trump will do a duet.

  13. Posted December 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on peakmemory and commented:
    Too cool not to reblog

  14. aldoleopold
    Posted December 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    The whole performance was great. There’s a cute bit before he sings “Let It Be” where he gets his daughter (Mary) to whistle 🙂

    • Posted December 12, 2016 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      Are you related to the Aldo Leopold?


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