Evening Standard, Hulton Archive LONDON (AP) - Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles.…
- Posted on Dec 6th 2010 10:21AM by John D. Luerssen
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McCartney was treated to a rendition of 'Hello, Goodbye' by No Doubt and a duet of 'Maybe I'm Amazed' by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and pop singer Norah Jones. Later, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who was asked to perform by McCartney, did a medley of songs from 'Abbey Road.' James Taylor and Mavis Staples closed out the show with 'Let It Be' and 'Hey Jude.'
"I've done a lot of things and been a lot of places," Tyler told the audience. "But I've never been prouder than I am standing right here at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Abbey Road." As for Obama, he told the crowd he was pleased "to honor a man widely considered to be among the greatest songwriters in history."
Accepting the distinction, McCartney said, "The most important ingredient to making a song work is magic. You've got a melody, you've got words, but on the most successful songs, there's a sort of magic glow that just makes the songs sort of roll out."