Paul McCartney gives an intimate talk show interview to Stephen Colbert while promoting the children's book
Sir Paul McCartney gave an intimate interview on Monday about his songwriting and friendship with John Lennon during a chat show performance.
The 77-year-old music legend opened himself while promoting his new children's book Hey Grandude! on the late show with Stephen Colbert.
The audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater gave Paul a prolonged ovation when he joined the show.
Music legend: Sir Paul McCartney gave an intimate interview on Monday about his songwriting and friendship with John Lennon during a chat show performance
Stephen, 55, asked Paul if he remembered where the Beatles were performing in the theater before their debut in 1964 in the United States.
& # 39; I don't know. … It has changed so much, & Paul admitted.
& # 39; It was so long ago and we were so nervous, & # 39; he added.
Stephen asked if he had ever thought about his songwriting and wondered how he was doing it.
Talk show: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert welcomed Paul as the only guest in the one-hour episode
While preparing for shows, Paul said that he was sometimes struck by his own work.
& # 39; I sing Eleanor Rigby or something, I think: & # 39; & # 39; Whoever wrote this is pretty good & # 39; & # 39 ;, & # 39; Paul joked.
Stephen then asked if Paul knew where his songwriting ability came from.
Pretty good: the Beatles star said he is sometimes impressed by his own work
Warm welcome: the audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater gave Paul a prolonged ovation when he joined the show.
Paul replied that his father Jim & # 39; very musical & # 39; was and said that & # 39; a lot of music & # 39; went into his head.
He compared it to a computer that was full of data until he finally started writing.
& # 39; I actually printed it all out. There was a lot of information in my head, & Paul said.
Musical family: Paul shared that his father Jim & # 39; very musical & # 39; was and said that & # 39; a lot of music & # 39; when a boy in his head came up
Paul said he grew up with musical evenings with & # 39; all old aunts & # 39; song songs and & # 39; getting drunk & # 39 ;.
His father was the pianist until he got arthritis, so Paul became the pianist.
& # 39; I had many instructions on how to write. Besides, I am a genius, & Paul said jokingly.
Plus genius: the Liverpool boy also joked that it helped a & # 39; genius & # 39; to be
Stephen also asked Paul to name his favorite cover of a Beatles song.
Paul said he heard that Yesterday & # 39; s & # 39; n 3,000 times were discussed & # 39; and he asked an assistant to complete the top 10.
Paul said the top 10 included Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye.
& # 39; I think I am living Marvin & # 39; s best, & # 39; said Paul.
Paul noted that the covers of Sinatra, Marvin and Elvis changed the text from & # 39; I said something wrong, now I long for & # 39; yesterday.
& # 39; They all said, & # 39; & # 39; I must have said [something is wrong] & # 39; & # 39; but they don't give up, & # 39; said Paul.
Favorite cover: Paul also shared that his favorite cover of Yesterday was done by Marvin Gaye
Stephen explained how the Paul McCartney and Wing album Band On The Run resonated emotionally for him as the soundtrack for his summer in 1974.
& # 39; It was the last happy summer for me, my father and two brothers died in September 1974, & # 39; said Stephen.
He asked Paul how he deals with fans like him who shares this kind of personal connection with his music.
Personal connection: Stephen explained how Paul & # 39; s Band On The Run marked his last happy summer in 1974 before the death of his father and brothers in a plane crash
& # 39; It's not easy, Stephen. I was a fan of many people, so I get it a bit, & he said.
He added that it was very happy to him & # 39; makes songs that he wrote to make some money mean something to people.
& # 39; That's the biggest bonus you can get. That's true, & Paul said.
Paul said that the death of his mother Mary at the age of 14 helped him to commit to John whose mother died at the age of 17.
& # 39; I think it gave me the impetus to live a good life, & # 39; Paul said about dealing with the death of his mother as a teenager.
Biggest bonus: Paul said he & # 39; very happy & # 39; was that songs he wrote to make some money mean something to people
Stephen then shared a photo of young Paul and John who sat next to each other and worked on a song together.
Paul said it was a & # 39; special picture & # 39; in which he explained that he was cast as the & # 39; villain & # 39; when the Beatles broke up.
& # 39; A lot of talk was like being a villain and that John and I couldn't get along well, & # 39; said Paul.
Good friends: the singer also discussed a & # 39; special photo & # 39; from him and John Lennon
& # 39; I bought it a little, & # 39; Paul admitted.
Paul said he was arguing with it & # 39; and wondered if he even knew John or if they were friends until he saw the photo.
& # 39; When I saw it & # 39; yes & # 39; we were friends. It reminds me that we are working together, & he said.
Eight grandchildren: Paul has eight grandchildren and has proudly shared a photo of it
Paul also revealed that he often thinks of John and dreams about him.
& # 39; I love it when people visit you again in dreams, & # 39; said Paul.
& # 39; I have many dreams about John, they are always good & # 39 ;, said Paul.
He also shared that Yesterday was written in a dream.
New book: the singer's new children's book was born from stories he wrote for his grandchildren
Paul said he woke up with the song in his head and first asked John if he had ever heard it before and then producer George Martin.
They both said they didn't know the number.
& # 39; After a few weeks I decided it was mine, & # 39; said Paul.
Paul, who has eight grandchildren, said the children's book grew out of stories he wrote for his grandchildren.
His daughter Stella & # 39; s son Beckett started calling him Grandude one day, so he started writing some stories and a publisher soon came to call.
In the store: Hey Grandude! was released earlier this month
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