Mccartney 'Welled Up' Singing For Obama

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY fought back tears as he and STEVIE WONDER sang EBONY AND IVORY for U.S. president, BARACK OBAMA - because he was so proud to be performing for the country's first black leader.
The Beatles star was honoured at the White House earlier this month (Jun10), accepting the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress.
At the presidential concert, MCCartney teamed up with Wonder to sing their 1982 hit - the first time they have ever sung the racial harmony duet live - and MCCartney admits he was moved to tears by significance of the moment.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "We had a big hit with it but I'd never performed it live with Stevie until that night - and in front of the first black President. When I wrote the song it was a much more troubled time for civil rights, so it took on a significance I'd never dreamed of. I was welling up. I think Obama's doing great. He's a smart guy."
And MCCartney was delighted to meet Obama for the first time - because he's admired him from afar for so long.
He adds, "It was such an honour. I'd heard of the prize - it's the biggest for popular music in the U.S. When the President gave it to me, I was so touched. I'm a huge Obama supporter. I really love him.
"When it was the election I was praying he would win. I'd read Obama's books and had an opportunity to talk to him there, in the White House, where I'd never been before. It was amazing to be chatting away, just him and his family."


Contactmusic

Tags: Sir Paul McCartney - Stevie Wonder - Barack Obama


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Lana Del Rey is no stranger to vicious rumours, but she definitely did not...

Contrary To Her Song Lyrics, Lana Del Rey Worked Her Way To The Top

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

The album was released only one week ago and sold 103,000 copies to secure the top...

Weird Al Scores First U.S Number 1 With New Album

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

The second daughter of musician Bob Geldof, Peaches Geldof was thrust...

Peaches Geldof's Cause of Death Confirmed as Heroin Overdose

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

You know who he is. Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the Iron Man franchise has been...

Robert Downey Jr.IS Iron Man... But For How Long?

Hercules Extended Trailer

Following his deadly ordeal of being put through the Twelve Labours by his father Zeus and his...

Hercules Trailer

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'

Cyrus also features on the track's vocals, and -perhaps most shockingly of all- resists...

Miley Cyrus Appears in Pharrell's New Video 'Come Get It Bae'
Advertisement

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

We live in a movie world of superheroes at the moment with franchise...

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a huge success both critically...

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]

Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the...

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Sir Paul McCartney Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Sir Paul McCartney

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All