“Where did you guys perform? Was it up there? I always guessed it was right up there,” Stephen Colbert asked Paul McCartney Monday night, looking to find the exact spot that The Beatles made history in the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Just days shy of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, Sir Paul stopped by The Late Show to reminisce about that night, and share a few stories. “We were so nervous,” McCartney recalled about the performance. “It doesn’t show too much. When I look at it now I say, ‘we don’t look nervous at all.’ But we were nervous.”
After talking about his favorite song The Beatles had covered, “Twist And Shout” for the record, Colbert asked McCartney about the best covers he’s heard of his own music, noting that “Yesterday” is the most recorded song of all time. “I heard that it was recorded 3000 times or something, so I said to one of our guys, I said ‘get me the top 10.’ And he did,” McCartney remembers. “It was like, Sinatra, Elvis, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye. I think I like Marvin’s best.”
“The funny thing about Sinatra, Marvin, and Elvis – they changed the words. In the middle I go, ‘I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.’ Well all of them said, ‘I must have said something wrong.’ But they’re not owning up. I must have said?”
With the unbelievable reach of The Beatles, the band has been celebrated and covered all around the world. Everyone has a favorite Beatles song, even K-pop phenomenon BTS.
During a previous visit to The Late Show, Colbert shared that BTS was the first group since The Beatles to earn three number one albums in less than a year. When asked about their favorite Beatles song, they launched into an uproarious rendition of “Hey Jude,” stomping their feet at shouting “Nananana.”
Watching the clip back, McCartney nodded and clapped along. “What do you think it is about your music that transcends geographic and language barriers, so that those 7 guys would just jump up and start the ‘nananana?’” asks Colbert.
“Easy lyrics,” offers McCartney, leaning back with a grin.
With the 50th celebration of Abbey Road on the horizon, Sir Paul also delved into his relationship with John Lennon, looking back through old photos and memories, sharing that he even dreams of him and their relationship.
"I dream about him. When you've had a relationship like that for so long, such a deep relationship... I love it when people revisit you in your dreams. I often have band dreams and they’re crazy,” McCartney explains. “I have a lot of dreams about John and they’re always good."
Paul McCartney has recently released his first children’s book called, Hey Grandude! It is now available everywhere.