Paul McCartney has paid tribute to the late Michael Parkinson, calling him a “nice man” and a “good pal”.
The broadcaster “handed away peacefully at house” this week (August 16) on the age of 88 after a short sickness, his household revealed. Parkinson’s TV profession spanned seven many years, which noticed him welcome the worlds largest stars to the studio together with Muhammad Ali, Elton John, Madonna and plenty of extra.
He additionally seems on the album cowl of Wings‘ ‘Band On The Run’ as an escaped convict, and was a private pal of McCartney’s.
Taking to Twitter yesterday (August 19), McCartney wrote of Parkinson: “I first met Michael Parkinson in Liverpool when he and his crew got here to see us on the Cavern Membership. He was a really likeable man and we ultimately did our first TV performances with Granada in Manchester, the place Michael labored.
“By means of the years I obtained to know him increasingly more, and appeared on his chat present fairly just a few instances. He was a pleasure to speak to and we at all times had enjoyable. He appeared on the entrance cowl of ‘Band on the Run’ as one of many escaping convicts within the title track. He was very educated about many topics and a eager sports-lover.”
He added: “I’ll miss him personally, as an excellent pal. I ship all my like to his household and associates. Cheers Michael, you’re an ideal man okay!”
I first met Michael Parkinson in Liverpool when he and his crew got here to see us on the Cavern Membership. He was a really likeable man and we ultimately did our first TV performances with Granada in Manchester, the place Michael labored.
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— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 19, 2023
The primary Parkinson present aired in 1971 on BBC tv, with US jazz singer Marion Montgomery showing as his first visitor. The present initially ran for 11 years and spanned tons of of episodes.
Parkinson later returned to the BBC in 1998 with one other run of the present. The presenter estimated he had interviewed greater than 2,000 company in whole.
Paying tribute to the late broadcaster, BBC Director-Basic Tim Davie mentioned: “Michael was the king of the chat present and he outlined the format for all of the presenters and reveals that adopted.
“He interviewed the largest stars of the twentieth century and did so in a means that enthralled the general public. Michael was not solely good at asking questions, he was additionally an exquisite listener.
“Michael was really one in all a form, an unimaginable broadcaster and journalist who will likely be massively missed.”
Following his demise, a clip of George Michael‘s traditional introduction throughout his 1998 interview with Parkinson has resurfaced on-line.
One of many many memorable moments from Parkinson unfolded when Wham! star Michael appeared on the present in 1998, simply months after his arrest in LA for “participating in a lewd act” in a public bathroom.
He recalled being and eight or 9 years outdated when his mom allowed him to remain up late to observe Parkinson, including: “She thought it could be a little bit of high quality watching so I’m very, very privileged to be right here.”
Parkinson politely instructed the singer his phrases have been “very sort”, earlier than Michael added: “She in all probability wouldn’t have been fairly as thrilled that I needed to take my willy out to get on right here.”