December 22, 2014
700 stars line up to pay tribute to The Beatles
Many of today’s top artists gathered Monday night to honour The Beatles’ legacy, with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance and late members John Lennon and George Harrison always in mind, at The Recording Academy’s taping of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.”
John Legend and Alicia Keys sang Let It Be. Katy Perry performed Yesterday, while her boyfriend, John Mayer, teamed with Keith Urban on Don’t Let Me Down. And Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams took on the challenge of Here Comes the Sun, a song well known to millions of music fans.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics reunited to play The Fool on the Hill. Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne hammered deep cut Hey, Bulldog, and Harrison’s son Dhani joined Lynne and Joe Walsh on his father’s classic Something. Stevie Wonder performed We Can Work It Out twice, asking for a retake after a slow start on his first attempt. “Fire me, sue me,” he joked with the crowd.
It was until McCartney and Starr took the stage, turning what had been a fairly sedate affair into an arm-in-arm sing-along of hits Hey, Jude, Sgt. Pepper and Yellow Submarine that prompted movie stars and Grammy Award-winning musicians alike to sing along like giddy kids.
The telecast will air February 9 on CBS, 50 years after The Fab Four made their first appearance in front of an American TV audience on The Ed Sullivan Show. It was a historic moment with more than 73 million Americans tuning in, changing pop culture in profound ways.
“We were in a band. It’s called The Beatles,” Starr said near the end of the show. “And if we play, John and George are always with us. It’s always John, Paul, George and Ringo.”
Herald with AP