McCartney, Gordy tickle ivories at museum benefit
In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 photo provided by the Motown Museum, Paul McCartney, left, and Berry Gordy stand in front of a newly restored 1877 Steinway grand piano during a benefit at the Motown Museum at Steinway Hall in New York. The piano, used by Motown greats during the label's heyday, was restored with an assist by McCartney. (AP Photo/Motown Museum, Shahar Azran) MANDATORY CREDIT
DETROIT - An 1877 Steinway grand piano used by Motown greats during the label's heyday and restored with an assist by Paul McCartney has made its return at a charitable event in New York.
The ex-Beatle told Motown Museum officials following a concert last summer in Detroit that he wanted to help with the restoration of the 9-foot piano after learning the historic instrument could no longer be played.
According to organizers of the private event held Tuesday night, McCartney and Motown founder Berry Gordy played the piano together.
They performed the label's 1959 hit, "Money (That's What I Want)," and McCartney later played the Beatles tunes "Lady Madonna" and "Hey Jude."
McCartney says "people in the future will record on (the piano) and keep the legacy of Motown alive."