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Watch: McCartney, Fallon Duet on 'Yesterday' Parody

Late Night appearance also included Lennon tribute song "Here Today"

December 10, 2010 5:35 PM ET

Paul McCartney visited Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Thursday night and paid tribute to the origins of "Yesterday" — which was first called "Scrambled Eggs" — by performing a food-themed reinterpretation of the Beatles classic with Fallon.

McCartney was also inspired to discuss an important moment in Beatles history.

"The Ed Sullivan Show was pretty amazing," McCartney said. (The Beatles were on the show several times in 1964 and once in 1965.) "I mean, that was... I was standing there waiting to go on, going to do 'Yesterday' with a string quartet, and the guy who holds the curtains says, 'Are you nervous?' I say, 'No,' and he says, 'You should be.' "

McCartney also talked about singing the Beatles' 1965 ballad "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama during his recent visit to the White House; Fallon took some time out to praise McCartney's taste in sweaters, which are showcased in the book accompanying the recent reissue of Wings' album Band On The Run.

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Later, McCartney performed "Here Today," the tribute to John Lennon that appeared on his 1982 album Tug Of War. He prefaced the track by saying, "This is a conversation that we never had. I always say to people, 'if you want to say to someone you love them, tell them now, 'cause, you know, there may come a point when it's too late, and you think, 'I wish I'd said that.' " (An audience member replied with an "I love you" of her own.)

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