Friday, March 2, 2012

Michelle (at the White House 2010)


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The "Michelle" EP released in France. 




"Michelle" is one of Paul McCartney's most melodic compositions. It was on the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" album, released on 3 December 1965. It was released as a single only in some European countries and New Zealand and did quite well on the charts, hitting No. 1 in several countries - but then, everything the Beatles released during this time period did well on the charts. "Michelle" won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967.

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With no singles released from "Rubber Soul" at all except for the "Michelle" single, an EP in France headlined by "Michelle, and some others singles released only in secondary markets, "Michelle" is considered the most popular song from that classic album and received the most radio airplay. A cover version by the Overlanders hit No. 1 in the United Kingdom in 1966 on the Record Retailers chart, and a cover version by David and Jonathan went to No. 1 in Canada.

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Paul McCartney and John Lennon often wrote and recorded their own material with little input from the other, but "Michelle" is an instance of collaboration on a par with "A Day in the Life." Paul wrote most of "Michelle," while John collaborated with him on the middle eight. George Martin composed the guitar solo for "Michelle," though he did not get a songwriter credit (one of the reasons the Beatles loved Martin so much was that he knew his place). Part of "Michelle" is in French, a rarity for an English-language pop song.

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Paul has written:
"Michelle" was a tune that I'd written in Chet Atkins' finger-picking style. There is a song he did called "Trambone" with a repetitive top line, and he played a bass line while playing a melody. This was an innovation for us; even though classical guitarists had played it, no rock'n'roll guitarists had played it. The first person we knew to use finger-picking style was Chet Atkins ... I never learned it. But based on Atkins' "Trambone," I wanted to write something with a melody and a bass line in it, so I did. I just had it as an instrumental in C.
While composed in C, "Michelle" was played in F on "Rubber Soul" by changing the speed.

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Paul McCartney and his band performed "Michelle" at the White House in 2010 in honor of Michelle Obama. The Obamas appeared appropriately impressed.



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