Paul McCartney recently performed at the White House East Room, opening up with the same Höfner bass he used in 1964 with The Beatles. The ceremony was his acceptance of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He is the third winner of the Gershwin Prize, and the first who is not American.
With first lady Michelle Obama in the front row, he performed “a song I have been itching to do at the White House,” he said. It was “Michelle.”
An all-star cast was at the event, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Elvis Costello, the Jonas Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Jack White of the White Stripes. The event will be broadcast as a special on PBS July 28th.