Synopsis:

What did John Lennon mean when he referred to certain songs of Paul's as "granny music"? In this episode, we attempt to define that term. We also explain Jim McCartney's influence upon Paul's compositions, and which Beatles/Wings/solo songs are (and are not) "granny music".


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A fascinating interview with Paul on The South Bank Show (1978), during which he discusses both his father and his father's taste in music as influences:


A favorite composition of Jim McCartney's was "Stumbling", which was composed by Zez Confrey and performed by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra (1922):


"I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" composed by George Gershwin and performed by Paul Whitehead and his Orchestra (1923) was another favorite song of Jim McCartney:


"Walking in the Park with Eloise" (1925), a Jim McCartney original composition recorded by Paul in 1974 as The Country Hams:


Fred Astaire (along with Ginger Rogers) in the film Shall We Dance (1937):


Fred Astaire was the inspiration behind "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance" from the James Paul McCartney television special (1973):


The Mills Brothers were the inspiration behind McCartney's "Baby's Request":


A side-by-side comparison of both versions of McCartney's "Baby's Request":