Paul McCartney honored at White House
Forty-six years after the Beatles invaded America, Paul McCartney rocked the White House Wednesday, honored by President Barack Obama at a star-studded concert celebrating his songwriting legend.
Though British Petroleum is target number one for the White House over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, British pop, in the form of Sir Paul, was more than welcome, along with a host of stars who performed Lennon/McCartney classics.
McCartney's appearance was part of a two-day series of events marking the award of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress.
He bounded on stage and kicked off the evening, in a decorated East Room with the song "Got to Get You into my Life," from the "Revolver" album, before Stevie Wonder appeared with a rampaging cover version of "We Can Work It Out."
"Sir Paul, you have written some of the most beautiful music ever heard by humans in this world," said US comedian Jerry Seinfeld who helped compere the evening, to be broadcast by television network PBS in July.
Also playing McCartney songs were Elvis Costello, Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang, teen favorites the Jonas Brothers with "Drive My Car" as well as Country star Faith Hill and Herbie Hancock.
© 2010 AFP