Paul McCartney was able to take home a single Grammy Award last night (February 11th) for his standards set Kisses On The Bottom, which won the statue for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album." The album beat out a pair of high profile holiday collections, including Carole King's A Holiday Carole and Michael Buble's Christmas. McCartney's two other shots at awards this year fell short, with his Ram - Paul McCartney Archive Collection (Deluxe Edition) losing to the Beach Boys' The Smile Sessions in the "Best Historical Album" category, along with losing out in the "Special Limited Edition Package" category to Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection.
In other Beatles related losses, the recent release The Beatles With Tony Sheridan - First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition lost out in the "Best Album Notes" category to the Ray Charles box set, Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles.
As most McCartney fans are well aware of, McCartney -- who owns the publishing on multitude of pre-1950's songs -- a standards collection was always on his back burner. He told us about the times in recent years that kept his Kisses On The Bottom album from becoming a reality" "So, years later, I still had this dream to do these songs, but every time I came to make this album, someone else would make one. Like I thought, 'Right! Now's the time!' Then Robbie Williams came out with one -- I thought, I can't do it now, because it's gonna look like I'm jumping on his bandwagon. And then that dust settled down, so I thought now's the time and Rod Stewart come out with one -- can't do it now."
McCartney feels that the classic love songs of the 20's, 30's, and 40's are almost a rite of passage for young lovers: "Y'know, I think young kids these days, they don't hear 'em, but immediately you kind of fall in love and all that stuff. . . (sings) 'When I fall in love. . . ' starts to sound good, y'know, that stuff -- so, um, I love it."