10 songs McCartney gave away

Especially in the Beatles’ early years, John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away a large number of songs to other artists, enough to fill a complete album in the seventies. Often it was about songs that the writers did not like well enough, or didn’t fit the band, but nevertheless there are some great gems amongst them. Also during his solo career McCartney gave songs away, although less frequently. Ten songs McCartney gave away, in chronological overview:

1964 Cilla Black – It’s For You

Liverpudlian Cilla Black was a close friend of the Beatles and also managed by Brian Epstein. Lennon and McCartney wrote several songs for her, of which It’s For You was the most successful one. McCartney had recorded his own version earlier that year which was delivered to Black while she was performing at the London Palladium. This demo was believed to have been lost or destroyed until Black’s nephew found it in 2016.
Demo (snippet)

1964 Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love

McCartney wrote the song when he was 16, but he thought the song wasn’t good enough for The Beatles. He gave the song to the brother of his then-girlfriend Jane Asher in 1963, who just signed a recording contract with Gordon Waller, as Peter and Gordon. The song became a worldwide hit. Since 2013 a demo by Paul McCartney is available on YouTube. 
Demo (snippet): 

1966 Peter & Gordon - Woman
Written by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym Bernard Webb because McCartney wanted to find out if he could be successful without the Lennon & McCartney-label. And it proved to be that he could: Woman became another big hit by Peter & Gordon.

1969: Mary Hopkin - Goodbye

Written by McCartney who also played bass guitar, lap-slapping percussion and drums as well as the acoustic guitar introduction and solo. Goodbye became a big hit, reaching No. 2 in the UK singles chart. It was another McCartney track preventing Goodbye reaching the top position: Beatles' single Get Back. A demo by McCartney solo on guitar has never been released officially, but can be found on bootlegs.
Paul McCartney Demo

1969 Badfinger – Come And Get It

Written by McCartney for the 1969 film The Magic Christian and performed by Badfinger. McCartney recorded a solo demo of the song during the Abbey Road recording sessions, gave it to the band and told them, "it's got to be exactly like this”. Paul’s demo was officially released as a Beatles song on the 1996 album Anthology 3. In 2015 a cover was made by the supergroup Hollywood Vampires with Paul McCartney and Alice Cooper on lead vocals.
Hollywood Vampires: 

1974: Peggy Lee - Lets Love

Let’s Love is the title track of a 1974 album by Peggy Lee. McCartney wrote the song at Peggy Lee’s house, after being invited for diner by the British singer. In 2014 a demo version recorded by Paul was finally released on the remastered Venus And Mars Deluxe Edition.
McCartney demo: 

1974: Rod Stewart - Mine For Me

Mine For Me was specially written for Rod Stewart for his 1974 album Smiler. The song has been released as a single, and became a minor hit in the US, reaching number 91 on the Billboard Hot 100. In November ‘74,  The Faces with Rod Stewart played in London with Paul and Linda McCartney in the audience. While they didn’t intend to, Rod called the two of them up on stage to sing along on Mine For Me.
Rod Stewart, Paul & Linda McCartney Live (snippet):

1984 Everly Brothers – On The Wings Of A Nightingale

In 1984 the Everly Brothers made a new studio album for the first time in more than a decade. Their comeback single was written by one of their longtime fans, Paul McCartney. On The Wings Of A Nightingale was a success and made the brothers return to the pop charts for one last time. 
McCartney demo:

2015 Diana Krall – If I Take You Home Tonight
This piano ballad was written during the recording sessions for McCartney’s 2012 jazz album Kisses On The Bottom, on which he collaborated with Canadian singer Diana Krall and her band. The song didn’t made it to the album because it was, according to producer Tommy LiPuma, “still being developed and I wasn’t sure if it would fit stylistically with everything else we had done”. Krall recorded the song for her pop album Wallflower.

2017 Charlotte Gainsbourg – Songbird In A Cage
The song was given to the French-British singer after a lunch with McCartney in 2011. The song was recorded in New York in 2016, with McCartney playing guitar, bass and piano and released in November 2017.

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André Homan

André Homan is a Dutch writer and journalist.

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