It Took 50 Years – Paul McCartney Teams Up with Decca

Posted by at 2:45 pm on August 24, 2011

Decca has teamed up with Paul McCartney to release his upcoming ballet nearly 50 years after the record label famously rejected taking on the Beatles in what has been called one of the music industry’s biggest blunders.

The ballet, “Ocean’s Kingdom,” is the former Beatle’s first foray into the world of dance, and has its world premiere at the New York City Ballet on September 22. There will be four additional performances in September and five more in January.

The Decca recording hits shelves in Britain on October 3.

Decca famously snubbed the Fab Four early in 1962, reportedly saying at the time that “guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in showbusiness.”

The quartet from Liverpool went on to sign with EMI label Parlophone and became arguably the most successful and influential pop band in history.

“Ocean’s Kingdom,” commissioned by the New York City Ballet, is conducted by John Wilson and performed by the London Classical Orchestra.

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