Introduced by co-host Jimmy Fallon as his “favorite singer/songwriter,” Sir Paul prefaced his performance with a shout out to his mother Mary, a midwife and nurse after the second world war. “So I have a lot of time for all the doctors and the nurses, and the medical staff to keep us healthy,” he explained.
McCartney’s quarantined version of “Lady Madonna” was virtually unrecognizable as the jaunty original that hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968, stripped down to just Macca and his electric piano, and performed at a slower, more tender pace. It was an unexpected but welcome choice of performance for an artist with one of the widest and most formidable catalogs to draw from in the history of recorded popular music.
Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga and organized by Global Citizen, the One World: Together at Home special is airing across CBS, ABC and NBC on Saturday night, with proceeds aimed “to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO.”
Watch McCartney’s full performance below: