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Paul McCartney offers up his songs to Glee

August 3, 2010

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Paul McCartney is the latest in a long line of artists with dreams of having their songs on Glee, but as a long-time Beatles fan, the news that Ryan Murphy plans on including more Beatles tunes in future episodes is particularly exciting! Here’s the scoop from The Washington Post on how Paul personally sent two CDs and a handwritten note promoting his songs to Ryan:

Glee will do an episode that includes several Paul McCartney tunes, but it nearly didn’t happen because when show co-creator Ryan Murphy got a “mix tape” from McCartney, he said, “I thought I was being punked.”

But, when Murphy opened the package and found inside two CDs and a handwritten note that said:

Hi Ryan,
Hope you can use some of these songs for

and “some of these songs” included the Beatles 60’s love ballad “Michelle,” “I was gobsmacked – I grew up with the guy,” Murphy told critics attending Summer TV Press Tour 2010 at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel on Monday.

The article notes that Ryan also made it clear, however, that neither the Beatles, nor Paul, will be getting the full episode tribute like Madonna received last season. I’m a bit disappointed by that because I think a Beatles episode could be amazing, but even just having more Fab Four tunes on Glee is something fantastic to look forward to! New Directions’ rendition of “Hello, Goodbye” in “Hell-O” is one of my favourites of the back nine, and the Beatles’ catalogue is so robust and diverse – perfect for Glee to dip into.

Off the top of my head, I’m thinking that I’d love to see Artie do “Across the Universe,” Quinn perform “Blackbird,” a reformed Puck do “Something,” and the boys of New Directions perform “Come Together.” Maybe it’s about time I bring back my Music Monday posts, eh? Look out for my rationale behind one of these song choices, explained right here on the blog next Monday! But until then, gleeks, I ask you this: which Beatles or Paul McCartney songs would you love to see on Glee? Share your thoughts in the comments!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. LeilaneMc permalink
    August 3, 2010 2:32 pm

    Although I’m a H U G E Beatles / McCartney collector I don’t really know what to say about this.
    The McCartney catalog , which means the songs HE wrote during his solo career, belongs to HIM but whenever he wants to do anything involving The Beatles catalog he has to ask the othere’s permission and in John’s and George’s case their widows and sons.
    I’m sure you all heard throughout the years that this agreements hasn’t been that easy. But Glee surprisinly got ‘Hello Goodbye’ so maybe they’ll get some more. But I don’t think that a Beatles special will happen.
    To tell you the truth I don’t think I like the idea at all because all those tribute, films or TV specials involving The Beatles music that were made along the years were NOT good.
    I would rather listen to their own records because nobody will EVER sound as good and powerful as The Beatles themselves.
    The Beatles FOREVER !

  2. Carole permalink
    August 3, 2010 8:58 pm

    All My Loving, Eight Days a Week, Baby You Can Drive My Car!

  3. August 4, 2010 2:26 pm

    Hmm, I thought that the Beatles catalog belonged to the MJJ Estate. Can Paul make such an offer? Am I missing something here?

    Can someone clarify for me.
    Thanks for reading.

  4. Anna permalink
    August 17, 2010 4:53 pm

    New Directions should sing “All You Need is Love”


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