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When Bob Weir and Paul McCartney duetted ‘Helter Skelter’

When Bob Weir and Paul McCartney duetted ‘Helter Skelter’

When Bob Weir and Paul McCartney duetted ‘Helter Skelter’
March 10
09:31 2022

If there’s one thing to get a 1960s music fanatic’s blood pumping, then it is this: figures from two of the era’s biggest bands duetting one of the most evocative singles of the summer of love. Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that, back in 2016, that very thing took place when Paul McCartney of The Beatles and Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir shared the mic for a rendition of ‘Helter Skelter’.

‘Helter Skelter’ was written by McCartney for The Beatles’ 1968 White Album. While John Lenon would later accuse him of writing nothing but “granny music”, at this point in his career, Paul was committed to writing the dirtiest, chunkiest freak out he could muster. As he would later recall in Anthology: “I was in Scotland and I read in Melody Maker that Pete Townshend had said: ‘We’ve just made the raunchiest, loudest, most ridiculous rock ‘n’ roll record you’ve ever heard.’ I never actually found out what track it was that The Who had made, but that got me going; just hearing him talk about it. So I said to the guys, ‘I think we should do a song like that; something really wild’. And I wrote ‘Helter Skelter’”.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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