Mark Ronson almost missed out on the opportunity to work with Paul McCartney, all because of a missed phone call.
Ronson said the former Beatle, whom he worked with on the song “New” from McCartney’s upcoming album of the same name, called him the weekend of his wedding to Nancy Shevell two years ago.
“He called me to ask me to do it and it was the same weekend of my own wedding and I completely spaced, because I kind of had other s**t like my own wedding on my mind,” Ronson told MTV News. “Then on my honeymoon 10 days later, I was like, ‘F**k! I forgot to call Paul McCartney back, which just sounds like a pretty ridiculous sentence.”
Ronson said he called McCartney back to accept the offer and went on to DJ an event for the 71-year-old in New York.
“I think I may subliminally planted an idea in his head that I would love to work together some time and I think he was into the idea, too,” he said. “Then a few months later I got a call and he was like, ‘Hey, do you want to come out to the studio?’”
Ronson and McCartney played around with a few different ideas, but not all of them made the album. When Ronson got to “New,” he said it was “an instant classic” and that he wanted to work with McCartney on it.
“And that’s how it started,” he said. “It was a masterclass in learning how to put together a f***ing incredible song — just watching his mind work.”
Mark Ronson said he was surprised by how inspired Paul McCartney still is.
“It would be so easy for someone at this point in his career to go in, mess around, not necessarily phone it in — but it’s so inspiring how brimming with ideas he is the entire time he’s in the studio,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful sort of take on our song,” Ronson said. “I’m flattered and honored. I know Amy would be too.”
Mitch Winehouse didn’t think so, and said the Outkast member’s verse was “terrible.”
“He should have let Beyonce do it all,” Winehouse said. He previously said he didn’t think Beyonce brought anything to the song, and that he wasn’t asked his permission beforehand.