Today’s Monday Music Matinee #14 is a Paul McCartney TV special from Forty Years Ago (1973). As captured in Wikipedia the show was broken up into 11 parts….
The program opens with a live performance by Wings in front of an audience of television screens.
Song: “Big Barn Bed”
An acoustic medley of songs is performed by McCartney during a photographic session with his wife Linda as the photographer.
Songs: “Blackbird”, “Bluebird”, “Michelle”, “Heart of the Country”
A short music video style performance set in an outdoor location of McCartney’s version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
Songs: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
A television studio performance with Wings and orchestra in front of a live audience.
Songs: “Little Woman Love”, “C Moon”, “My Love”
Another music video segment, this time for “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, however the “Admiral Halsey” section was not included in the final broadcast version.
Songs: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
A short voice-over from Mcartney introduces the next segment set in the Clelsea Reach public house near Liverpool. This features members of Paul’s family and Wings in a pub singalong
Songs: “April Showers”, “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”, “You Are My Sunshine”
A Busby Berkeley style musical number, featuring dancers dressed in half-man/half-woman costumes.
Songs: “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance”
A music video segment were Paul introduces “Live And Let Die”, the title theme from the 1973 James Bond movie.
Songs: “Live and Let Die”
Beatles Medley: a filmed segment with street passers-by singing various Beatles songs (off key) to comedic effect.
Songs: “When I’m 64”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “She Loves You”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Yesterday”, “Yellow Submarine”
Another live studio performance with Wings.
Songs: “The Mess”, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Long Tall Sally” (US broadcast only; the UK and other European market replaced this with “Hi, Hi, Hi”)
A live acoustic performance of “Yesterday”. Credits roll over the performance.
The critics hated it saying it was over the top and silly. And I say…..well let’s have Paul say it in his own words……
You’d think that people would have had enought of silly love songs.
But I look around me and I see it isn’t so.
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what’s wrong with that?