The surviving Beatles -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each appear on CBS' 36th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26th. In addition to their own performances, on behalf of the "Fab Four," they'll accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Although there has been no formal announcement, the Beatles world is a-buzz with anticipation of McCartney and Ringo teaming up nearly 50 years after the group's first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.
In addition to Grammy night being a nostalgia trip for McCartney, he's been nominated for a total of four Grammys for three different projects: Best Rock Song for his recent collaboration with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear on the Sound City track "Cut Me Some Slack"; Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for massive 1976 Wings Over America - Deluxe Edition; and Best Music Film and Best Surround Sound Album category for his Live Kisses DVD from his live standards performance at L.A.'s Capitol Studios.
Paul McCartney's current studio process is a world away from the way the Beatles recorded such classic early-'60s albums as With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help!: "I remember being in a meeting with Capitol Records, and we said to them, 'Well, what do you want?' Y'know, they said: 'Four singles a year and two albums.' We said, 'Okay.' And Brian Epstein would ring us up, our manager Brian, would ring us up the week before we were gonna do an album -- me and John (Lennon) -- and he'd say, two weeks before -- and he'd say, 'You've got next week off to write the album.' A week off??? Wow!!! And we'd write eight, or, so songs to go in the studio with."
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