Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLROne of Prince's former girlfriends, Charlene Friend, who dated the music legend during the 1990s, recently talked to Peopleabout the late icon's strange behavior during their time together.
"He would sometimes stay up for five days at a time without sleep, food or even water, going nonstop back and forth to the studio," she said. "I had to sneak in catnaps to keep from passing out from exhaustion," she said.
When Friend asked the artist how he was able to go without from sleep on a consistent basis, he reportedly told her, "Angel food. Food of the spirit, not of the flesh."
Friend, who Prince sued in 2003 for trying to sell keepsakes that he gave her, told People that while she never saw Prince doing drugs, fans should expect to hear more news in the coming months about the artist that may shock them.
"Even his death has become something of a mystery in the way that it's still unfolding...I'm sure in the months to come even more information will come out that people will find unnerving and unsettling," she said.
Friend also claims in People that Prince's half-brother, Alfred Jackson, explained that the entertainer's sleepless nights were because of his penchant for cocaine.
Prince died April 21 from an overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
Kevork Djansezian/WireImage.comA PBS special featuring highlights of the Grammy Salute to Music Legends event that celebrated the Recording Academy's 2016 Special Merit Award winners will premiere Friday, October 14, at 9 p.m. as an episode of the network's long-running series Great Performances. The show, which took place on April 23 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, included musical tributes to Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Jefferson Airplane and other notable artists and music-industry figures.
During the event, Earth, Wind & Fire's current lineup played a medley of the group's hits, while acclaimed songwriter J.D. Souther and country star Martina McBride helped salute Ronstadt. In addition, founding Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady teamed with current Jefferson Starship singer Cathy Richardson to perform a few Airplane songs. Longtime Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick attended the gala but did not perform with her old band mates.
Among the many other performers were Kris Kristofferson, jazz great Herbie Hancock, veteran roots artist Ry Cooder, gospel singer Patti Austin, rap group Naughty by Nature and more.
Besides Earth, Wind & Fire, Ronstadt and Jefferson Airplane, this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Hancock, hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC, late R&B singer Ruth Brown and late salsa legend Celia Cruz.
The gala also featured salutes to the 2016 winners of the Trustees Awards, Technical Grammy Awards and Grammy Foundation Music Educator Awards.
For more details about the Grammy Salute to Music Legends special, visit Grammy.org.
Nicholas Hunt/Getty ImagesThe husband of Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson has been charged with two counts of assault for allegedly attacking the children of Ann's sister, Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson.
According to charging documents filed in Washington state Superior Court on Wednesday, Dean Wetter has been charged with one count of assault in the second degree and one count of assault in the forth degree in an incident in which he is accused of punching and choking one of his 16-year-old step nephews, and choking another. The alleged incident took place outside the White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington, where Heart was performing on August 27.
According to the documents, the boys told investigators that the incident began when Wetter became angry at them because one of the brothers had left the door of a tour bus open. Wetter then allegedly punched and choked one of the teens, causing him to see stars, and choked the other causing him to fear for his life.
According to a detective's statement, Wetter admitted to police that he had hit one boy and grabbed the throats of both, saying that he does not get along with the boys who "offer him a lot of attitude," and acknowledging that he "should not have touched them."
An arraignment is set for September 13 in King County Superior Court.
PRNewsFoto/A&M/Interscope Records“I Can’t Stop Thinking About You," the first single from Sting's new album, 57th & 9th, was released today, and he says the whole album -- his first pop/rock project in more than 10 years -- came together very quickly.
"It happened very spontaneously," Sting says in a statement. In fact, the initial sessions were completed in just a few weeks. He explains that the theme of the album is "about searching and traveling, the road, that pull of the unknown."
As previously reported, the album, due November 11, is named after the New York City intersection that Sting crossed every day to get to his studio in the Hell's Kitchen area of the city. The standard version of the album features 10 songs; the deluxe version includes three bonus tracks and liner notes penned by Sting. The Super Deluxe edition features the three bonus tracks, the liner notes, a DVD of an exclusive interview with Sting and collectible photographs.
Here's the track listing of 57th & 9th, which is now available for pre-order:
Standard "I Can’t Stop Thinking About You" "50,000" "Down, Down, Down" "One Fine Day" "Pretty Young Soldier" "Petrol Head" "Heading South On The Great North Road" "If You Can’t Love Me" "Inshallah" "The Empty Chair"
Deluxe Bonus Tracks: "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" (LA Version) "Inshallah" (Berlin Sessions Version) "Next to You with The Last Bandoleros" (Live at Rockwood Music Hall)
Andrew Benge/RedfernsGladys Knight has filed a lawsuit against her son, demanding that he remove her name and likeness from his Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles chain because, she claims, the restaurants are damaging her reputation.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Knight filed the lawsuit in Atlanta federal court, asking the judge to stop the chain's use of her recipes and memorabilia.
"The Restaurants are in free fall and their decline necessarily has the collateral effect of damaging Knight's Intellectual Property and Knight's reputation," the suit states.
In June, Knight's son, Shanga Hankerson, was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $650,000 in sales and withholding taxes. Earlier this month, one of the three restaurant locations closed, with the downtown Atlanta spot currently under new management.
According to the report, Knight had planned to end the agreement with her son to use her name in 2009 for "what she perceived as mismanagement of the Restaurants," but has now decided to move forward with the suit to officially end any further damaging of her brand.
®Pink Floyd ArchiveThe first major international exhibit focusing on Pink Floydwill open at Victoria and Albert Museum in London this spring. "The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" is fully sanctioned by the band's surviving members, and will take an in-depth look at the pioneering group, exploring its innovative music and album designs, its groundbreaking concert staging and much more.
The exhibit will use multimedia elements and hundreds of artifacts to trace Pink Floyd's story, from its mid-1960s beginnings in London's psychedelic music scene, through its massive success during the 1970s to the present day.
Among the memorabilia items that will be displayed are various stage props, original album art, vintage posters, musical instruments, recording equipment and historic promotional ads. The display is being designed by the Stufish company, the longtime stage designer for tours by Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.
The exhibit will mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's debut single, "Arnold Layne," which was released in March 1967.
"The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains" will open on May 13, 2017, and is scheduled to run until October 1 of next year.
Martin Roth, director of the Victorian and Albert Museum, says, "Alongside creating extraordinary music, [Pink Floyd has] for over five decades been pioneers in uniting sound and vision, from their earliest 1960s performances with experimental light shows, through their spectacular stadium rock shows, to their consistently iconic album covers. The exhibition will locate them within the history of performance, design and musical production by presenting and complementing the material from Pink Floyd's own archive with the V&A's unrivaled collections."
Motown; Star Trak/InterscopeMore than 200 artists have signed a so-called "friend of the court" brief supporting Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's appeal of the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement verdict that was won by Marvin Gaye's family, according to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Among those offering their support are Earth, Wind & Fire, John Oates of Hall & Oates, The Go-Go's, Stephen Bishop, "Wild Thing"/"Angel of the Morning" songwriter Chip Taylor and many others.
The main purpose of the brief is to warn of potential side effects that may be caused by the "Blurred Lines" verdict, which ruled that Williams and Thicke's "Blurred Lines" infringed the copyright of Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up."
"The verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works," reads the brief's introduction, which was authored by attorney Ed McPherson. "All music shares inspiration from prior musical works, especially within a particular musical genre. By eliminating any meaningful standard for drawing the line between permissible inspiration and unlawful copying, the judgment is certain to stifle creativity and impede the creative process."
The original "Blurred Lines" verdict awarded the Gaye family $7.4 million, though it was later lowered to $5.3 million.
Credit: Danny ClinchFor the third time in the last eight days, Bruce Springsteen has broken his record for his longest concert ever played in the U.S., after he and the E Street Band delivered another marathon show Tuesday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
According to BruceSpringsteen.net, the performance ran a whopping four hours and one minute, topping the three-hour, 59-minute show at the same venue this past Thursday, which in turn topped the three-hour, 52-minute gig he played at the stadium Tuesday, August 23.
Billboard.com reports Springsteen promised the crowd early on Tuesday night that he'd be playing many tunes he hadn't performed at his other two MetLife Stadium shows, and he stuck to that promise. Those songs included "Blinded by the Light," "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street," and "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City." He also brought out a special guest: acclaimed singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, who contributed backing vocals to "Spirit in the Night."
The Boss also worked a couple of cover tunes into the main portion of the show -- Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," which was chosen from the audience's sign requests, and the 1966 Manfred Mann hit "Pretty Flamingo."
Springsteen finished the concert with a nine-song encore that included versions of The Isley Brothers' "Shout" and "Twist and Shout," and his own classics "Jungleland," "Born to Run," "Dancing in the Dark" and "Glory Days." Appropriately enough, as he had at his other two MetLife shows, Bruce closed Tuesday's concert with a performance of "Jersey Girl," followed by a fireworks display.
As previously reported, Springsteen's longest concert ever took place on July 31, 2012, in Helsinki, Finland, and ran four hours and five minutes.
Here's the full set list for Springsteen and the E Street Band's show Tuesday at MetLife Stadium:
"New York City Serenade" "Blinded by the Light" "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street" "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" "Spirit in the Night" (with Rickie Lee Jones) "Summertime Blues" "4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)" "Kitty's Back" "Incident on 57th Street" "Rosalita" "Pretty Flamingo" "Atlantic City" "I'm Goin' Down" "Darlington County" "Working on the Highway" "Downbound Train" "I'm On Fire" "Hungry Heart" "Out in the Street" "Living Proof" "Candy's Room" "She's the One" "Because the Night" "The Rising" "Badlands"
Encores: "Secret Garden" "Jungleland" "Born to Run" "Dancing in the Dark" "10th Ave. Freeze-Out" "Twist & Shout" "Glory Days" "Shout" "Jersey Girl"
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleAs expected, Dolly Parton lays claim to the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart this week, but the legendary entertainer also got a little bonus. She lands at the top of the same tally in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom as well.
"Boy, it's a good day for me. I am a happy girl!" the 70-year-old country icon says. "It feels great to be number-one as it's been a long time and it feels so good to still be in the game after all this time."
Pure & Simple also managed to land at #11 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, after moving 21,000 units in the U.S. Parton fared even better on the U.K.'s overall albums tally, coming in at #2, second only to R&B singer Frank Ocean's Blonde.
Capitol Records/UMeOctober 10 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of one of The Beach Boys most enduring and beloved hits, "Good Vibrations." To coincide with the milestone, a 12-inch EP featuring five versions of the sonically inventive chart-topper pressed on sunburst vinyl will be released on October 7.
Co-written by founding Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Mike Love, "Good Vibrations" was recorded at multiple sessions at four different studios in Hollywood between February and September 1966. The song was highlighted by layered production, an episodic structure and unusual instrumentation, including a theremin.
The Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition) vinyl EP features the original single version of the tune, an alternate take, an edit of the song that combines tracks from various sessions, an instrumental version and a live rehearsal performance recorded in August 1967 in Honolulu. The vinyl disc also includes "Let's Go Away for Awhile," which was the B-side of the "Good Vibrations" single.
The EP's cover art replicates the artwork featured on the original U.S. "Good Vibrations" single. The vinyl disc comes packaged with a pull-out lithograph of the cover of the original Japanese "Good Vibrations" single.
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of "Good Vibrations," The Beach Boys are giving fans in North America and the U.K. the chance to submit themed video clips that may be incorporated into a new official video celebrating the song's milestone. Visit TheBeachBoys.com/GoodVibrations for more details.
Here's the track list for the Good Vibrations (50th Anniversary Edition) EP:
Side A "Good Vibrations" (original 45 rpm single version) "Good Vibrations" (various sessions) "Good Vibrations" (alternate take)
Side B "Good Vibrations" (instrumental) "Good Vibrations" (live concert rehearsal: August 25, 1967) "Let's Go Away for Awhile" (original B-side)
Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty ImagesTuesday night, Hillary Clinton lived out the dream of every woman of a certain age: she danced with Paul McCartney.
The occasion was a fundraiser at Jimmy Buffett's home in New York's ritzy Hamptons. Guests who attended told reporters that McCartney asked Clinton to dance while Buffett was singing his classic "Cheeseburger in Paradise." No word on whether she likes hers with lettuce and tomatoes.
Buffett also performed hits like "Margaritaville" and "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." McCartney played "Lady Madonna," "Jet" and "Can't Buy Me Love," and, regarding the circumstances, joked, "This is the first time I've paid to hear myself sing!"
McCartney, Buffett and Clinton supporter Jon Bon Jovi, who was also a guest, closed out the night with "Hey Jude."
Courtesy of MSO PREagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit will be back in his childhood hometown of Sacramento, California, today to be honored with one of the first stars on the city's new Walk of Stars. The inaugural unveiling ceremony will take place at 1614 19th Street, and will be followed in the evening by a VIP reception and gala dinner at the Memorial Auditorium.
Schmit tells ABC Radio that he thinks the honor is "pretty cool," and explains that while he wasn't born in Sacramento, he certainly developed his love of music while living there.
"I did all my schooling there, and I learned music there, made my first records with my friends from there, who are still great friends," he points out. "And then I went on and had a really…pretty great career, and I'm still having it." Schmit, who joined the Eagles in 1977, went on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the band. He also played with the pioneering country-rock act Poco.
Besides Schmit, the inaugural class of Sacramento Walk of Stars honorees includes actor LeVar Burton, gold-medal-winning Olympic swimmer Debbie Meyer and two other local luminaries. Timothy reveals that he isn't planning to perform at the ceremony, but says, "I think I'm gonna be expected to speak a little bit…probably about my time living [in Sacramento]."
Schmit tells ABC Radio that among the things he likes about the California capital is that "it's full of history [and] it's got a good music scene too. Always has."
Jimmy King; Rob ShanahanThe late David Bowie and famed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and are among the music stars who will appear in the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book. Bowie is being recognized for the albums he sold, while Starr's record is in acknowledgment for one particularly pricey record that sold at an auction.
Earlier this year, Bowie set a posthumous world record for having the most simultaneous entries in the U.K. albums chart, when 19 of his releases appeared on the tally shortly after his January 10 death. Ten of those albums landed in the chart's top 40.
As for Starr, he set the mark for the most expensive vinyl record sold at auction, when his first pressing of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 album, a.k.a. The White Album, brought in $790,000 at a December 2015 memorabilia sale in Los Angeles. Ringo's copy of double-LP was a mono edition of the record that was numbered "0000001," and was in near-mint condition, having been stored in a vault for almost 35 years.
JB Lacroix/WireImage"Purple rain, purple rain!" A special screening and discussion titled "Purple Rain: Celebration," took place in Beverly Hills, California Monday night -- and none other than the movie's leading lady, Apollonia Kotero, made a surprise appearance, says Billboard.
The event honored the cult classic 1984 romance drama Purple Rain, which famously starred the late music icon Prince and made Apollonia famous, albeit briefly.
Co-stars Jerome Benton and Jill Jones, the film's producer, Robert Cavallo, and writer-directorAlbert Magnoli were also there, as well as the costume designer responsible for Purple Rain's iconic fashion looks, Marie France.
"I was the last person they saw for the audition [to find the Vanity replacement]," Apollonia told the crowd. "[Actress] Nia Peeples had just walked out of the room. I walked in and they asked me to take my shoes off. I thought, 'wow, they're into feet," she said.
"Later I learned they were flying me to Minneapolis to meet Prince, who takes me out for a ride in a purple limo," Apollonia added. "He was very reserved and shy."
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for BSBOne of Barbra Streisand's most popular films was the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, which cast her as a showbiz ingenue opposite Kris Kristofferson. The movie is being rebooted once again with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and the diva says she's totally fine with that.
The original version of A Star Is Born came out in 1937, and Streisand's version was the second remake: the first, in 1954, starred Judy Garland. Noting that the Gaga/Cooper version would be the third remake of the movie, she told Extra, "I feel great about it because I know A Star Is Born will work; it works every time... because the music can change with the decades, so I know it’s gonna work."
Streisand's #1 single "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," became one of the biggest hits of her career. Lady Gaga is composing and performing new music for the film.
Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly assaulted the twin teenage sons of guitarist Nancy Wilson after the band's concert Friday at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington.
According to probable-cause documents procured by ABC Radio, the 65-year-old Wetter, who hasn't been charged, is accused of roughing up the boys during an altercation that took place outside of Wilson's tour bus.
The documents allege that the boys were walking by the bus and when they saw Wetter standing outside of it, they asked if they could look inside. Wetter told them they could, but warned them to watch the dogs that were in the vehicle. According to the report, when the boys exited the bus, they left the door open, which apparently angered Wetter, who allegedly yelled at the boys, called them names and then slapped one of them on the back of the head, punched him in the same spot and briefly grabbed him by the throat.
The report also claims that when the boy's brother stepped in to help, Wetter also grabbed him by the throat "[a]nd squeezed to the point he could not breathe for about five seconds before letting go." That boy "later complained of a sore, raspy throat, fear of dying and pain in his throat area."
Following his arrest, Wetter was booked into King County Jail in Kent, Washington, and then made an appearance on Monday at the King County District Court. He was released from custody on Monday after posting a $10,000 bond. Wetter is due to make a followup court appearance Wednesday.
Wilson and Wetter were married in April 2015 after rekindling a brief romance they had during the 1980s.
Credit: Henry DiltzMonkees singer Michael Nesmithwill be honored with the Ernie Kovacs Award at an October 1 ceremony held at Kessler Theater in Dallas, in conjunction with the Dallas VideoFest 29 event. Nesmith, a former Dallas resident, is being recognized for his innovative video work, as well as his accomplishments with The Monkees and as a songwriter and film producer.
The Ernie Kovacs Award honors entertainment figures whose visionary work has made an impact on television. The award is named for the late comic actor whose inventive and experimental TV performances influenced many popular programs, including Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Saturday Night Live.
Among Nesmith's career highlights, he developed the 1980 show Pop Clips, which was a predecessor to MTV; and he won the first Video of the Year Grammy Award in 1981 for his irreverent home video Elephant Parts.
Dallas VideoFest director Bart Weiss says of Nesmith, "In looking back at the comedy of The Monkees and his other work, you can see the visual puns that came from Ernie Kovacs. More than that, he, like Kovacs, saw what video and television could be and took us to that new place."
Tickets for the 2016 Ernie Kovacs Award ceremony are available now at Prekindle.com.
As previously reported, Nesmith will be rejoining his Monkees band mates Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork to perform at the band's September 16 show at Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. He also is planning an early-2017 promotional tour in support of his upcoming book, Infinite Tuesday.
Aaron Farley/AT&T and AUDIENCE NetworkBlue Öyster Cult will be featured in a self-titled concert special that will premiere on Audience Network this Friday, September 2, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The veteran rockers will perform their classic 1976 album Agents of Fortune in its entirety on the program, which also will include an in-depth interview with some of the band's longtime members.
Agents of Fortune features Blue Öyster Cult's signature tune "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," which peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself went on to sell more than a million copies in the U.S.
In a preview clip from the show, founding Blue Öyster Cult singer Eric Bloom points out that some of the songs from Agents of Fortune had "never been performed, even back in those days." He also explains that the program is special because the band's current lineup was being joined by original Blue Öyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard.
The Blue Öyster Cult show was taped recently at Red Studios in Los Angeles. It can be viewed on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV.
Meanwhile, Blue Öyster Cult has more than 20 U.S. dates lined up through next March. Here are all of the band's upcoming concerts, according to BlueOysterCult.com:
9/2 -- Marshfield, WI, Central Wisconsin State Fair 9/3 -- Virginia Beach, VA, American Music Festival 9/10 -- Chesterfield, MO, Chesterfield Amphitheatre 9/11 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre* 9/16 -- Newton, NJ, Newton Theatre 9/17 -- East Durham, NY, Catskill Mountain Thunder Festival 9/23 -- Hogansburg, NY, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 9/24 -- Lake George, NY, Charles R. Wood Park - American Music Festival for the Lake 9/30 -- Lakewood, NJ, First Energy Park - Rock Carnival 10/7 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 10/8 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 10/15 -- Tyler, TX, Butler Square 10/28 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 10/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/4 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 11/11 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino** 11/12 -- Kansas City, MO, Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Kansas City 12/17 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe 1/19/17 -- El Cajon, CA, Sycuan Casino 1/27 -- Brooks, CA, Cache Creek Casino 1/28 -- Everett, WA, Historic Everett Theatre 2/25 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley 3/4 -- Warren, PA, Struthers Library Theatre 3/18 -- Sheboygan, WI, Weill Center for the Performing Arts
* = with Bad Company ** = with Jefferson Starship.
Credit: Dave J HoganFollowing a recent report that Exhibitionism, the expansive Rolling Stones exhibit that debuted in London this past April, will be relocating to New York City in November, an exact opening date for the Big Apple version of the attraction has been announced…November 12.
Tickets for the New York edition of Exhibitionism go on sale to the general public on September 14 at 10 a.m. ET, and will be available at StonesExhibitionism.com. American Express Card members will be able to purchase presale tickets starting Tuesday, August 30, at 10 a.m. ET. The display will be housed at Industria Superstudio in the city's West Village neighborhood.
Exhibitionism was put together with the full cooperation of Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. The attraction features nine themed areas that incorporate a massive collection of memorabilia, including more than 500 previously unseen artifacts. Items on display include various instruments, original posters and album art, handwritten lyrics, personal diaries and correspondence, costumes, and stage props.
The exhibit also includes unheard audio tracks, rare video clips, film presentations and more. Among the films are a new movie that highlights some of the key points in The Rolling Stones' career, and a 3-D flick that gives viewers a band's-eye view of one of their shows.
You can check out a promo video celebrating the exhibit's move to New York City now on YouTube.
Courtesy of The Beatles ShopA long-lost demo acetate of a song called "It's for You" that Paul McCartney recorded in 1964 for U.K. pop star Cilla Black sold at a U.K. memorabilia auction over the weekend for 18,000 pounds, or about $23,590. BBC News reports that the demo was purchased by an unknown buyer on Saturday at the Liverpool Beatles Auction, which was held at the Unity Theatre in the Fab Four's hometown.
The recording recently was rediscovered by Black's nephew, Simon White, included in a collection of acetates by Cilla, who died in August 2015 at the age of 72. McCartney and his Beatles band mate John Lennon wrote the tune especially for Black, who scored a #7 hit in the U.K. with it.
White believes his aunt gave the acetate to his dad, Cilla's brother, sometime during the mid-'60s. The acetate was rediscovered when Simon recently brought a stack of 21 discs that he thought were all Cilla's demos to The Beatles Shop memorabilia store in Liverpool to be appraised.
White listened to the demos with The Beatles Shop's manager, Stephen Bailey, who told the BBC, "We got to the last one and, as soon as I heard it, I thought, 'Oh God, that's not Cilla Black, it's Paul McCartney'…I was shaking with excitement and speechless."
Bailey added, "Apart from a few crackles, which you get with acetates, the quality is fine. It's a wonderful recording…I can't think of finding anything better unless I discover there is a sixth Beatle."
Including fees, the acetate's buyer paid a total of 21,060 pounds, or about $27,600, for the disc. You can listen to a 20-second clip of the tune at BeatlesAuction.co.uk.