Paul McCartney Plays Trumpet To Cover “When the Saints Go Marching In”
Paul McCartney plays trumpet for a fundraising event cover of "When the Saints Go Marching In" - sirpaulru / Youtube
Paul McCartney contributed to a fundraising broadcast event by playing trumpet on “When The Saints Go Marching In”.
McCartney was joined by other notable musical figures such as Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Jim James, Irma Thomas, and Nathaniel Rateliff in the benefit performance for the New Orleans Preservation Hall Foundation, the fund is set to help musicians during the coronavirus pandemic.
This takes him back to his roots, as “When The Saints Go Marching In” was the first single that the Beatles were part of, credited as the Beat Brothers alongside headlining singer Tony Sheridan back in 1961. The song was then re-released in 1964 as a B-side to “My Bonnie”, this time crediting the Beatles with Sheridan.
The former Beatle learned to play trumpet after being gifted one for his 14th birthday but didn’t pursue further. In the book The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years, Perez Benitez says: “Although he could eventually play a C-major scale, ‘The Saints Go Marching In’ and a few other things on the trumpet, McCartney quickly realized that it was going to be difficult for him to both sing and play a trumpet at the same time. Accordingly, with his father’s permission, he traded in the first instrument he ever owned for that Zenith acoustic guitar.”
In a statement, the Preservation Hall Foundation said: “The members of our Musical Collective serve in vital community roles: as mentors, teaching artists and tradition bearers. Providing for their well-being during this crisis will ensure a solid future for the generations of New Orleans musicians still to come. Spotify is matching all donations to help us provide support and resources to the members of our collective. Through its COVID-19 Music Relief initiative, Spotify has pledged to match up to $10 million in donations to its nonprofit partners around the world.”