The former Style Council and The Jam frontman, Paul Weller, announced yesterday (June 14th) that he is to release a cover of the Beatles’ song “Birthday” to celebrate Sir Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday later this month.
According to Weller’s website, the cover would be released on iTunes on Macca’s birthday—June 18th—and that all proceeds from the sale will go to the War Child charity.
Sounds interesting? Of course it does. However, you had better rush as it will only be available for one day.
“I wanted to do something for Paul’s 70th,” explained Weller, “the man’s been, and still is, an immense and enduring inspiration for me. It was him and his three friends that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place.”
“Birthday”—which was written by John Lennon and McCartney—itself is coming up to celebrating its 44th birthday since it was first released on The Beatles’ eponymous ninth album—more commonly known as the “White Album”—in 1968.Article continues below
Weller and his band recorded their version of the classic track in just 24 hours at his Black Barn Studios near Woking in Surrey.
The song has already been performed to celebrate a former Beatles’ 70th birthday as McCartney performed on stage with Ringo Starr in 2010 to mark the latter’s entry into septuagenarianism.
Weller (who is 54 himself) wanted to produce a cover himself to mark McCartney’s own milestone as a sign of his continuing respect for the man and his music.
“I saw him play live recently and he inspired me just as much as ever, he was brilliant. I just hope he likes our little version, a token of my and the bands love for him and his music. Rock on Macca.”
Below is a video of Paul McCartney performing the song himself live in 2008:
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