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Permanent LinkMar 1, 2013 
Bwana Busker

Joined: Jan 1, 2005
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:guitar: (NEW ORLEANS) It's the same old story with a different twist. Just as most captive audiences are tough on buskers, the same held true recently when a busker decided to entertain passengers on a public streetcar in New Orleans.
Being the birthplace of jazz, it isn't unusual to find buskers performing songs up and down the venues in the French Quarter which is quite famous for the impromptu entertainers. However, this time was to be different.

The busker pulled out his guitar on the trolly and started singing old Beatles tunes including "A Hard Day's Night". The passengers went about their business expecting the street-performer to soon pass the hat and be on his way. Much to their surprise, the busker just kept playing more Beatles songs having a seemingly endless supply of them on hand.

When Robert Senft noticed the busker kneeling down to sing to his girlfriend Evelyn, he noticed something familiar about the performer. Both Evelyn and Robert were both in total amazement. Singing "Help" to Evelyn on the streetcar was non-other than Sir Paul McCartney.

In town for the Superbowl, McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell had decided to hang out and ride the famous streetcars. When nobody noticed them in public, McCartney decided to take matters into his own hands. He found himself in dire straits with this captive audience. Literally begging on bended knee, the riders began noticing others taking out their cellphone cameras and shooting away. Soon, the whole trollycar was shocked seeing the Beatle singing his famous tunes.

McCartney has been known to pull this trick out of his hat before - sometimes busking in London and elsewhere.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” Senft said. McCartney performed live at halftime during Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.

So, what's Paul McCartney's middle name?


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