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1997-May-12: Miscellaneous

Flaming Pie entered the UK charts at pole position! Congratulations, Paul! Well, at least as far as the ITV charts are concerned. Both MTV and BBC still list the Spice Girls as number one, and Flaming Pie is two. Last week, Young Boy entered the UK charts at position 19 - this week, it's not among the top 40. In Germany, Young Boy enters the charts this week at position 55.

May 6 saw the US release of the single The World Tonight.

In the first days of May, photographer Jorie Gracen met Paul several times in front of Abbey Road studios and took several nice photographs, some of them can be found at her webpage http://people.delphi.com/jobethg/

Young Boy video - at last it was shown on the German channel VIVA during their top 100 show (Young Boy entered at position 55. The show was first broadcast 9 May). The commentator Mola has read this page and took pity of me - he even cited the FULL URL of this page twice. This took him over one minute ;-) [Hi Mola, vielen Dank für die Publicity. Ihr hättet das Video aber auch ganz spielen können ;-)]

Sky News had a 30 minute special on Paul McCartney's new album this Saturday at 14:30 GMT. Unfortunately, I missed it but I heard that both Young Boy and The World Tonight promo videos were aired in full, and the well-known interview snippets were all derived from this special which carried them in their complete form.

VH1 McCartney Week

VH1 UNVEILS "MCCARTNEY WEEK''

A WEEK OF SPECIAL PROGRAMMING SUPPORTS "MCCARTNEY'S TOWN HALL MEETING'' ON MAY 17

VH1's "MCCARTNEY WEEK'' AIRS MAY 12-17 BEGINNING AT 9PM (ET/PT)

New York, NY, May 9, 1997 VH1 rolls out a week of special programming leading up to the LIVE broadcast of ""McCartney's Town Hall Meeting'' on Sat., May 17 at 1PM (ET), 10AM (PT) and 6PM (GMT). Each night beginning at 9PM (ET/PT), Mon., May 12 through Fri., May 16, VH1 brims with premieres, documentaries and concerts featuring Paul McCartney and The Beatles. Programming highlights are as follows:

"The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit'' kicks off VH1's "McCartney Week'' on Mon., May 12, airing from 9-10:30PM and repeating from 12-1:30AM. A documentary of The Beatles' arrival on U.S. shores on February 7, 1964, "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit'' features the Fab Four performing hits such as "I Wanna Hold Your Hand,'' "Love Me Do'' and "Twist & Shout'' on "The Ed Sullivan Show.'' Also featured is behind-the-scenes footage of the group in their limos, hotel rooms and on their way from New York to Washington D.C. to Miami. Immediately following the premiere of the documentary are two half-hour editions of "Beatles Video Collection,'' airing from 10:30-11:30PM. Videos featured include "Can't Buy Me Love,'' "Hey Jude,'' "Let It Be'' and "Free As a Bird.''

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand'' is VH1's "Rock 'n' Roll Picture Show'' airing on Tues., May 13 from 10:30PM-12:30AM. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the 1978 film follows a carload of New Jersey teenagers determined to get tickets for The Beatles' appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show.''

"Paul Is Live,'' featuring Paul McCartney in concert on the 1993 New World Tour, premieres Wed., May 14 from 9-11PM and repeats from 12-2AM. A compilation of McCartney's performances in cities such as New York, Atlanta and Sydney, Australia, "Paul Is Live'' includes songs such as "All My Loving,'' "We Can Work It Out,'' "Hey Jude'' and "Let It Be.'' Immediately following from 11PM-12AM is "Paul McCartney Video Collection,'' featuring "Silly Love Songs,'' "Coming Up'' and "No More Lonely Nights.''

"Rockshow'' kicks off the evening on Thurs., May 15, airing from 9-11:30PM and repeating from 12-2:30AM. Featuring Paul McCartney in concert during his 1976 World Tour, "Rockshow'' premiered for the first time on U.S. television in March of 1979. Songs featured include "Let Me Roll Into You,'' "I've Just Seen a Face,'' "Go Now'' and "Listen What the Man Said.''

"Paul McCartney & The World Tonight'' makes its world television premiere on VH1, airing on Fri., May 16 from 9-10:30PM and repeating from 12-1:30AM. A 1997 documentary directed by Geoff Wonfor, the Grammy Award winning Beatles Anthology film maker, "Paul McCartney & The World Tonight'' chronicles the past two years of McCartney's life. The making of McCartney's new album, Flaming Pie, and his recent knighthood are both featured. Immediately following the documentary is "Wings Over the World,'' airing from 10:30PM-12AM. The Wings concert tour movie from which "Rockshow'' was created, "Wings Over the World'' has never before been seen on TV in its full glory. Featured in the movie are McCartney, wife Linda and the band talking to the press, rehearsing and recording as well as footage of McCartney family moments. The best performances from the 1976 tour are also featured, including the songs "Jet,'' "Maybe I'm Amazed'' and "Live and Let Die.''

"McCartney's Town Hall Meeting'' marks the final premiere in VH1's "McCartney Week,'' airing LIVE in the U.S., UK and Germany on Sat., May 17 from 1-2PM (ET), 10-11AM (PT) and 6-7PM (GMT). The premiere U.S. event in which McCartney will participate on behalf of the release of his upcoming album, "McCartney's Town Hall Meeting'' will feature McCartney at The Bishopsgate Memorial Hall in London answering questions submitted from the audience and also via internet, phone and mail. The event will be followed by a 30-minute, worldwide online webcast complete with video stream, in the same question and answer format as the televised special, with the artist answering questions right off the internet.

"McCartney's Town Hall Meeting'' will repeat on Sat., May 17 from 4-5PM and from 9-10PM. Also repeating on Sat., May 17 is "Paul McCartney & The World Tonight,'' airing from 2-3:30PM and "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit,'' airing from 7-8:30PM and from 12-1:30AM.VH1 produces and programs a wide variety of music-based series, specials, live events and acquisition-based programming that keeps viewers in touch with the music they love. VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, Inc. MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., owns and operates five cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, M2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, and Nick at Nite's TV Land all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.


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