The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considering one of the greatest albums of all time. But did you know that one track by Paul McCartney was specifically written for Frank Sinatra? Well it turns out it was When I’m Sixty-Four.
According to The Beatles’ Anthology, Paul said: “When I wrote When I’m Sixty Four I thought I was writing a song for Sinatra.
“I wrote [that] when I was sixteen. It was rather tongue-in-cheek and I never forgot it.
“I wrote When I’m Sixty Four vaguely thinking it would come in handy in a musical comedy or something.”
While Sinatra never sang When I’m Sixty Four, he did cover McCartney’s famous track Yesterday.
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Interestingly, McCartney’s favourite Beatles album is 1967’s Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Back in 1991, he said on TV: “I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, meself, because I had a lot to do with it.
“It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being The Beatles I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”
Admitting he loves all the Beatles albums, he added: “I’d choose that if I had to.”
In a 1971 interview, John Lennon claimed McCartney’s didn’t really like The White Album as he “wanted it to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul.
“So he never liked that album.”
But Lennon admitted it was his favourite of the Beatles’s 12 studio albums.
He added: “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better.”
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Lennon said: “The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”
Meanwhile, a new documentary film focused on the recording of their final album Let It Be has been delayed to next year.
The Beatles: Get Back was set to hit cinemas in September but has been postponed to August 27, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is behind the project which features unseen footage from the Let it Be sessions in January 1969.
For The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson has had access to over 55 hours of unseen footage and 140 hours of audio.
What is used will be restored, including the full 42-minute rooftop concert, which was The Beatles final live performance.
Jackson and his team previously restored and colourised unseen First World War footage for 2018 documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old.
The Beatles: Get Back has been supported by both surviving members of the Fab Four, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr.
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