22 July 2010

Jack White Plays The White House

It's already been quite a year for rock and roll at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In February, a celebration of songs of the Civil Rights Movement brought TNOP Patron Saint Bob Dylan to The White House. The last month, Sir Paul McCartney was honored in tandem with his award of the Gershwin Prize For Popular Song.

Among the luminaries at the U.S. President's residence for the Macca fete was Jack White. Last year, the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather member revealed his fondness for The Cute One. "Paul is my favorite Beatle," the guitarist told MTV News backstage at the Outside Lands Festival. "He's been a big influence on me — especially the way that he sings."

White cited an early track as the point of inspiration for his Paul admiration. "I heard a cover song they did early on called 'Hippy Hippy Shake' (from Live At The BBC) that Paul sang, and I loved how high he sang it," White said. "My voice isn't comfortable in that higher range, but that song was a big influence on me trying to get my voice somewhere like that."

On June 2 at The White House, Jack White strapped on an acoustic guitar and treated the Leader of the Free World and the rest of the audience to The White Album track "Mother Nature's Son" - and for good measure threw in a few bars of "That Would Be Something" from McCartney's first solo album.

Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance At The White House premieres on PBS at 8.00pmEDT/7.00pmCDT on Wednesday, 28 July with a repeat airing that night again at 9.30pmEDT/8.30pmCDT.

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