Ep. #45: Featuring Virtuoso Guitarist Laurence Juber
"When I'm Sixty Four"
The “Jimmy Mac Jazz Band” was one of the most influential jazz bands of the 20th century. Can’t place it? That’s probably because they never recorded an album! And who was “Jimmy Mac”? Why he was Jim McCartney, father to guess who? Paul! As Sir Paul said, “He played piano from when I was born…He was my musical education…In the end, I learnt to play by ear, just like him, making it all up.”
Songs like “When I’m Sixty-Four” and others were clearly the product of Paul growing up steeped in the music-hall tradition. “64", one of his first compositions written about 64 years ago(!) was originally conceived as a piano instrumental. Remembering back, Paul said, “I wrote this tune thinking it could come in handy in a musical comedy or something…I didn’t know what kind of career I was going to take back then…I thought I was writing a song for Sinatra”. In honor of his father’s 64th birthday, he wrote lyrics to the tune, and in 1966, it was the first track recorded for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. On that famous album cover, the drum head was inspired by a photo of Jim McCartney’s band.
Guitar virtuoso, MUSE/IQUE’s Laurence Juber brings you his latest arrangement of this “rooty-tooty” tune.