“Rock Of All Ages” by Badfinger (1969)
Originally known as The Ivey’s, this Welsh group became the most successful act signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records. Of course, this was helped in no small part by the fact that Paul McCartney wrote and produced their first major single, “Come And Get It.” He also produced song of their tracks for the soundtrack to The Magic Christian film starring Ringo Starr! This song is a band original, but features McCartney serving up song rollicking piano. The Beatle connection led them to become unfairly labeled the Faux Four, but their talent was the real deal.
“Goodbye” by Mary Hopkin (1969)
Like James Taylor and Badfinger, Mary Hopkin was another artist signed to the Beatles’ fledgling Apple Records talent stable in the late ’60s. The lovely folk singer was closely overseen by Paul, who selected and produced her first hit, the mournful waltz “Those Were The Days.” Paul penned the follow-up himself, offering up this jolly farewell song and playing the bass, drums and acoustic guitar parts himself.
“Veronica” by Elvis Costello (1989)
Paul co-wrote and played his trademark Hofner violin bass on this bouncy ’80s hit with fellow Liverpudlian Elvis Costello. With Costello’s nasal delivery and dry lyrical wit, McCartney later admitted that it reminded him of writing alongside John Lennon.
“Mellow Yellow” by Donovan (1966)
For years it has been rumored that Paul whispered the song’s distinctive “quite rightly” answering line on the chorus. Donovan claims this isn’t so, but he is indeed close friends with McCartney, who can indeed by heard cheering in the background during the trumpet solo. He also plays bass elsewhere on the accompanying Mellow Yellow album.
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