The Paul McCartney Project

Recording "A Friend Like You"

Thursday, May 20, 2004 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Gettin' In Over My Head Official album.
Timeline More from year 2004
Studio:
Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA

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Paul McCartney contributed to Brian Wilson’s 2004 album, Gettin’ In Over My Head, by playing and singing on the track “A Friend Like You“.

Some reports placed the recording session in September 2003, when Paul McCartney was in Los Angeles for the 3rd Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala. But two evidences the session happened in 2004:

  • Brian Wilson published two photos of Paul McCartney and him from this session, and the date indicated is May 20, 2004.
  • In an interview dated August 2004, Brian Wilson said “I called him about four months ago asking him if he could come out and do — sing a song called “A Friend Like You”

From CNN.com, interview of Brian Wilson by Larry King, August 20, 2004:

LARRY KING: Now how about the meeting with Paul McCartney?

BRIAN WILSON: I talked to Paul McCartney over the years ranging from 1967 to 2004.

LARRY KING: Talked to him in person, you met him and…

BRIAN WILSON: At the landmine show he did “God Only Knows” with me and I did “Let It Be” with him. And then I called him about four months ago asking him if he could come out and do — sing a song called “A Friend Like You,” which I wrote for him, me and my collaborator wrote for him. And he said he’d love to come out. And he came to the studio and that was one of the bigger thrills of my life to tell you the truth, to produce Paul McCartney. And that was a thrill for me. That was a thrill.

LARRY KING: You wrote the song? “A Friend Like You.

BRIAN WILSON: And the lyrics were written by Steve Kalinich.

LARRY KING: And it was referring to Paul?

BRIAN WILSON: To Paul. Yeah.

LARRY KING: And he sang it?

BRIAN WILSON: Yes he did. He sang some of it. Yes.

LARRY KING: What a thrill that must have been.

BRIAN WILSON: Oh, it was such a thrill!

From Instagram – 2004: Brian and Paul McCartney in the studio after recording “A Friend Like You” from Brian’s Gettin’ In Over My Head album. Photo by Brian Wilson on May 20, 2004.
From Instagram – 2004: Brian and Paul McCartney in the studio after recording “A Friend Like You” from Brian’s Gettin’ In Over My Head album. Photo by Brian Wilson on May 20, 2004.

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