Paul McCartney recorded a version of Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ for his 1988 album Choba B CCCP.

It was written by Cochran and Ned Fairchild, and first performed by Cochran in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It. It was released as a single the following year.

‘Twenty Flight Rock’ was played by McCartney to impress Lennon on 6 July 1957, the day the two future-Beatles first met.

John was a little afternoon-pissed, leaning over my shoulder, breathing boozily. We were all a little sloshed. I thought, ‘Bloody hell, who’s this?’ But he was enjoying what I was playing, ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’ in C; and I knew ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’. Then I played guitar – upside down. I did ‘Twenty Flight Rock’, and knew all the words. The Quarry Men were so knocked out that I actually knew and could sing ‘Twenty Flight Rock’. That’s what got me into The Beatles.

I knew all the words because me and my mate Ian James had just got them. He and I used to get into all these records and write down the words. ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ was a hard record to get; I remember ordering it and having to wait weeks for it to come in. We’d buy from Curry’s or NEMS. We used to go around shops and ask to hear a record, and then not buy it. They used to get very annoyed but we didn’t care – now we knew the words. I never had a very big record collection.

Paul McCartney

McCartney’s solo version was recorded on 20 July 1987, along with the bulk of the Choba B CCCP album: ‘Kansas City’, ‘Lawdy Miss Clawdy’, ‘I’m In Love Again’, ‘Bring It On Home To Me’, ‘Lucille’, ‘I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday’, ‘That’s All Right (Mama)’, ‘Summertime’, ‘Just Because’, ‘Midnight Special’, and ‘It’s Now Or Never’.

A live version, recorded at London’s Wembley Arena on 13 January 1990, was released later that year on Tripping The Live Fantastic.

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