James Paul McCartney (TV special)
|James Paul McCartney (TV special)|
The opening title used for the special
|Created by||Paul McCartney
|Directed by||Dwight Hemion|
Paul & Linda McCartney
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion|
|Producer(s)||Gary Smith (ATV)|
|Running time||50 minutes approx.|
|Original channel||ABC (US)
|Original release||16 April 1973 (US)
10 May 1973 (UK)
|Related shows||Wings Over the World
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James Paul McCartney is the title of a 1973 television special produced by ATV and starring British musician Paul McCartney and his then current rock group Wings. It was first broadcast in 16 April 1973 in the United States on the ABC network, and was later broadcast in the United Kingdom on 10 May 1973. To date, the program has never been officially released on any home video format.
The program opens with a live performance by Wings in front of an audience of television screens.
Song: "Big Barn Bed"
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 McCartney 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"
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"
A live acoustic performance of "Yesterday". Credits roll over the performance.
Critical reception to the program was largely negative. Melody Maker stated: "McCartney has always had an eye and ear for full-blown romanticism, and nothing wrong with that, but here he too often lets it get out of hand and it becomes over-blown and silly".