Elvis Costello Sings “Penny Lane” for Sir Paul

Last month, President Obama awarded Paul McCartney the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. And then the concert (aired last night on PBS) began. Among the highlights was Elvis Costello singing “Penny Lane” with a member of the President’s United States Marine band playing the piccolo trumpet. It’s a downright wonderful version. You can watch the entire program online here.


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  1. John Foyle says . . . | July 29, 2010 / 10:50 pm

    Elvis brings a suitably whimsical touch to the song, so appropriate considering it’s central theme of memories of childhood. After a second watch I found myself thinking of Val Doonican, a Irish born light entertainment singer who was popular on U.K./Irish tv in the 1960s/70’s…..maybe I’m going a little bit mad

  2. Peta says . . . | July 30, 2010 / 4:28 am

    It’s a lovely version. That appears to be a cornet, not a piccolo BTW.

  3. Julian Johansson says . . . | July 30, 2010 / 5:44 am

    i’m so glad open culture praises 1st class artists like Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan, they deserve all the attention they can get in these modern times!

  4. austin says . . . | July 30, 2010 / 7:13 am

    Err, that’s piccolo *trumpet*. But great find, thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Mark says . . . | September 27, 2013 / 11:07 am

    Sorry madam, you don’t know yer piccolo trpts! I can assure you it is.

  6. John says . . . | October 3, 2013 / 4:13 am

    If you look at some of the other older comments, it seems that the article originally said “piccolo”, not “piccolo trumpet”. (Presumably they edited the article once they realised.) So Peta is wrong with cornet but was at least trying to correct them from implying it was a flute!

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