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Sir Paul McCartney on Beatlemania and a Key to Their Explosive Success Stateside (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 28th 2010 12:37PM
Sir Paul McCartney, 'The Early Show''The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS) featured a special one-on-one interview with Sir Paul McCartney. The former Beatle is a Kennedy Center Honoree, and he talked candidly with Jeff Glor about those formative years of his life and career.

Fifty years later in his ongoing successful and influential career, McCartney says he still loves performing Beatles music. "A lot of it's to do with the fact that the people love it," he explained. "When I'm singing the songs, I can sometimes go back in my mind into the studio, and I can be there with John, George and Ringo. We could be making the record."

Of their early fame, McCartney explained that the group had a bit of strategy behind how they would first come to the states. "We had said to our manager, we're not going to America until we've got a number one record there," he said.

"A lot of English stars had come over who'd been huge in England and had not done anything here, and come back a little bit with their tail between their legs." Nevertheless, despite having "a little bit of practice in Britain at fame," where Beatlemania was already going strong, the boys "had no idea" the impact their arrival would have in the States.

"We just thought we were getting off at Kennedy Airport and we were going to go and do some work on this [show] called 'Ed Sullivan,'" he said. "It was a huge sort of explosion."

An explosion that hasn't died out yet, as McCartney still plays to sold out venues and gets screaming girls at his shows. Always a class act, McCartney was honored to have been selected for the Kennedy Center. Even after all these years and all that success, he still gets excited to be noticed and recognized for his work. It's a rather charming humility that we don't always see in celebrities.

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