It’s fair to say, even the most moderate of Beatles fans would not have expected to listen to a Bluegrass, the twanging country sounds of America’s South, version of The Beatles’ classic ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ today. But the world’s a crazy place, so here you go, listen to the 1992 gem.
The original Beatles gem featured on A Hard Day’s Night and was a guaranteed shriek-starter for any teenage audience. But while the 1964 release was based on the new Merseybeat rock and roll sound that was sweeping the nation, this rarely heard 1992 Bluegrass version is something entirely different.
Performed by Paul McCartney and his band at the first-ever concert at the Ed Sullivan theatre for MTV’s ‘Up Close’, the song takes on a whole new attitude with the addition of the banjo and the backup vocals. It changes the complexion of the song and creates a brand new dimension to an old classic.
Filmed on 10th December the footage below also has a small sample of a bluegrass version of ‘Jingle Bells’, which is amply pleasing, but soon ascends into a full on Beatles Barndance, full to the brim with knee-slapping good fun and foot-stomping nostalgia.
Watch below as Paul McCartney performs a Bluegrass version of The Beatles’ classic ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’