Paul McCartney performed the Beatles single “Lady Madonna” in 1968 solo One world: together at home special on Saturday evening (April 18).
Presented by co-host Jimmy Fallon as “favorite singer / songwriter”, Sir Paul prefaced his performance with a cry to his mother Mary, midwife and nurse after the Second World War. “So I have a lot of time for all of the doctors, nurses and medical staff to keep us healthy,” he said.
McCartney’s quarantined version of “Lady Madonna” was practically unrecognizable because the jaunty original that hit number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968, boils down to Macca and his electric piano, and occurs at a rhythm slower and more tender. It was an unexpected but welcome performance choice for an artist with one of the largest and most formidable catalogs in the history of recorded popular music.
Organized in collaboration with Lady Gaga and organized by Global Citizen, the One world: together at home The special is aired on CBS, ABC and NBC on Saturday evening, with revenue “to support frontline health workers and WHO.” “