Paul McCartney releasing album of American classics

Tuesday December 20, 2011

Sir Paul McCartney is to turn back the clock by releasing an album that will include songs he remembered his father playing at home.

The Beatle has teamed up with Diana Krall, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder for the project.

All but two songs on the album – to be released in February – are cover versions of American classics.

Speaking about the collection, he said: "When I kind of got into songwriting, I realised how well structured these songs were and I think I took a lot of my lessons from them.

"I always thought artists like Fred Astaire were very cool.

"Writers like Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, all of those guys - I just thought the songs were magical. And then, as I got to be a songwriter I thought it's beautiful, the way they made those songs."

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