The Beatles: Paul McCartney wants to work with Bob Dylan and wishes he could with Elvis
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Last month, Sir Paul McCartney released his new album McCartney III, in which he once again sings and plays all the instruments by himself. During the promotion of the new solo record, the 78-year-old took part in a Reddit AMA and fans were asking The Beatles legend who he wished he could collaborate with. A fan wrote: “Hey Sir Paul! If you could collab[orate] with any musician in the future, who would it be?”
Sir Paul replied: “I’ve always had a sneaky feeling to collaborate with Bob Dylan, but it’s never happened. It’s intriguing, but…”
The 78-year-old has always been a big fan of his almost 80-year-old contemporary and has been saying for over a decade he’s like to work with him.
Another fan asked: “Paul, if you could choose one artist from any point in history to make an album with, who would it be?”
He replied: “There’s an awful lot of them. John Lennon, he’s pretty good.”
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Sir Paul added: “And then there’s George. And Ringo. And then there’s Elvis.
“And Chuck Berry… It’s impossible to choose, the list goes on and on!”
The Beatles famously met their idol and inspiration Elvis Presley only once in 1965 when The King invited them to his LA home.
The story goes the Fab Four were speechless and Elvis had to break the ice saying he’d go to bed if they didn’t say anything.
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While it’s believed that after that Elvis and The Beatles even jammed together – just imagine that!
After all, together they are the top two most successful music artists of all time.
During another interview with The Adam Buxton podcast, Sir Paul shared how Elvis inspired The Beatles to quit touring.
The 78-year-old began by reminiscing about the Fab Four’s final concert at Candlestick Park, California in 1966.
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Sir Paul remembered: “It was wet, it was raining, we were stuck on some little tinpot stage in the middle of this great big baseball arena. We couldn’t hear ourselves, we weren’t having any fun.
“And then to add to the indignity of it all, we were driven away in the back of a steel-lined meat wagon.”
There wasn’t even anything to hang on to in the van and The Beatles just knew they’d had enough.
The Fab Four got home to England and began to ask themselves what they could do as they didn’t want to go out on tour again.
Sir Paul revealed: “And what happened was we’d heard that Elvis Presley had sent his gold-plated Cadillac out on tour.
“He didn’t go with it, he just sent it out! And people would flock to see Elvis’ Cadillac. And then it would go to the next tour and those people would flock.”
The Beatles said to themselves: “That is brilliant! Only Elvis could have thought of that. What we should do is we should make a killer record and that can do the touring for us.” Sir Paul added: “So that’s what Sgt Pepper was all about.”
Read Sir Paul McCartney’s Reddit AMA here.
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