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    Rock And Pop Memorabilia

    30 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 291

    Paul McCartney

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    Paul McCartney
    A page of hand-written notes probably for recording purposes, [n.d. but 18th September, 1968] written by McCartney in blue ink on the reverse of a printed Recording Sheet, the nine lines giving the technical running order for the song Birthday beginning: 1 Verse Riff 2 Verse Riff Drum Break (8) 8 On E (building) Do You Want To Dance (Into) Riff (12 Bar)... 1p.

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    The song Birthday was written and recorded on the same day, Wednesday 18th September, 1968 at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. The Beatles took a break from recording at the Studios to go to McCartney's house with Yoko Ono, Pattie Harrison and Chris Thomas and probably others to watch the 1956 Rock and Roll film classic That Girl Can't Help It which was being shown on TV. Inspired by seeing Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Fats Domino and others in the film, they then returned to the studio and did their own version of a 1950s hit which was Birthday. According to Lewisohn ...Paul had concocted the new song earlier, right there in Studio 2. When they all returned energised by the film ...'Birthday' was finished off with a four-track to eight-track copy and a host of overdubs onto this: tambourine, piano, handclaps...backing vocals...and Paul's lead vocals with occasional contributions from John....

    It would appear from these notes that Paul abbreviated the line I would like you to dance....to Do You Want To Dance as a form of shorthand.

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    LEWISOHN, Mark The Complete Beatles Chronicle, London: Pyramid Books, 1995, pp.299-300