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Video: Paul McCartney Takes Over 'SNL'

He played five songs and appeared in several skits, including Weekend Update

December 13, 2010 10:30 AM ET

Just two days after singing a new breakfast-oriented version of "Yesterday" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live — where he sang more songs and appeared in more skits than any musician in recent memory.

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McCartney not only performed five songs (as opposed to the usual two), but he also appeared in the opening monologue, a digital short and even Weekend Update, where he did an impression of Prince Charles' wife Camilla Parker-Bowles. McCartney's assault on New York continues tonight, when he plays at the Apollo Theatre to celebrate Sirius XM's reaching 20 million subscribers. Above, watch him play a medley of "Day in the Life" and "Give Peace a Chance"; below are clips of "Band On The Run," "Jet" and his Weekend Update segment.

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Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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