During a new chat with BBC Radio, Paul McCartney revealed that he's recorded a private album of Christmas music that his family only gets to hear every holiday season. McCartney explained, "Years ago I thought, there's not very good Christmas records. So I actually went into my studio over a couple of years and I made one. The kids like it. It's something they've heard through the years, y'know, and now it's the grandkids getting indoctrinated with my carols record."
This isn't the first time McCartney has created private holiday music. Back in 1965, "Macca" created a special recording dubbed, "Unforgettable" — which was only pressed onto four discs for himself and the other Beatles. The track, which has found a home online, includes snippets from the Nat "King" Cole classic, along with tracks by the Rolling Stones, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and the Beach Boys, among others.
McCartney made news a few weeks ago when he revealed he would be returning to headline the Glastonbury festival for the first time in over 15 years next spring. McCartney spoke about how he'd already booked nearly a dozen European stops before the big gig "to get up to speed." McCartney, who'll turn 78 in June said, "You don't get an athlete just coming into the Olympics not having done a few races beforehand. The idea is by the time I get to Glastonbury it'll just be just like another gig. But of course it won't be, because it's very special."
Paul and Linda McCartney's daughter Stella McCartney, who's now 48, explained that having solid parents and a close relationship with her siblings grounded her and set the course for her success: ["Y'know, I do look at my upbringing and think it enabled me to not have to compromise. That's one of the biggest blessings it gave me, that I always, sort of, knew — I still know — that if everything goes horribly wrong, I can fall back on a really loving, caring, unconditional family unit and will be okay, y'know? I have a good buffer and I think that afforded me to not compromise my ethics going into my workplace."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . into my workplace)
IN OTHER BEATLES NEWS
Beatles fans in New York City are turning up in droves to the new "Fab Four" pop up shop downtown. According to WWD.com, "The shop will be open through December 22nd at 163 Mercer Street. It will offer a selection of exclusive Beatles-themed gifts, ranging from holiday sweaters, hats, scarves and tree ornaments to branded toys, turntables and even a Beatles pinball machine. It is aimed at women, men and children. Retail prices range from $15 to $20 for gift items to $7,999 for the pinball machine."
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