10 Obscure Songs That Feature Secret Appearances From Paul McCartney

by (@JordanRuntagh)

“Vegetables” by The Beach Boys (1967)

McCartney was visiting Los Angeles when his musical hero/rival Brian Wilson was working on his epic SMiLE project, which featured America’s band using their trademark  harmonies to sing the praises of veggies. In the humor-filled, avate-garde spirit of the project, the So-Cal virtuoso famously called upon the Beatle to munch celery in time to the music! Years later, as the most famous vegetarian in the world, he reprised his celery muching part in 2002 for Super Fury Animals’ very Beach Boy-like “Receptacale For The Respectable.”

 

“My Dark Hour” by The Steve Miller Band (1970)

According the legend, this collaboration took place after a mixing session for the Beatles’ Abbey Road came to an abrupt halt following a business squabble. “Steve Miller happened to be around: ‘Hi, how you doing? Is the studio free?,’” Paul described later for The Beatles Anthology. “I said: ‘Well, it looks like it is now, mate.’ He said, ‘Mind if I use it?’ So I ended up drumming on a track of his that night. He and I made it alone. I had to do something, thrash something, to get it out of my system.” Paul not only plays the drums, but also bass and backing vocals on the track, which Steve would later reuse for his monster hit, “Fly Like An Eagle.”

 

“We Love You” by The Rolling Stones (1967)

Contrary to press reports of a “rivalry,” the Beatles and the Stones were very close friends and were often guests at each other’s recording sessions. John Lennon and Paul stopped by this session in June ’67, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were recording this song as a sign of gratitude to their fans for supporting them during their recent drug bust and jail charges. A few weeks later the Stones returned the favor, appearing in the Beatles’ live telecast for “All You Need Is Love.”

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