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Man Surprises Wife With $1M Mccartney Gig

February 23, 2003

LONDON (AP) _ Wendy Whitworth, executive producer of CNN’s ``Larry King Live″ and a huge Paul McCartney fan, received an unforgettable 50th birthday present: a private concert from the former Beatle.

Whitworth’s husband, financier Ralph Whitworth, came up with the unusual gift idea and offered McCartney $1 million to do the San Diego gig. McCartney agreed, saying he would donate the money to the anti-landmines charity Adopt-A-Minefield.

Wendy Whitworth, broke into tears when her husband announced McCartney was taking the stage before 150 guests, including Katie Couric of NBC’s ``Today″ and King.

Near the end of the 90-minute set, which included the Beatles’ classics ``Let It Be″ and ``Yesterday,″ McCartney called Wendy Whitworth on stage and presented her with 50 roses. The band then went into the Beatles’ song ``Birthday″ while the Whitworths danced at McCartney’s side.

The show served as a warm-up for McCartney’s upcoming tour of Europe, which starts next month.

Afterward, McCartney said: ``Ralph gets to be the great husband for organizing the surprise, his wife gets a rocking party, I get to rehearse the band for the tour, and most important, Adopt-A-Minefield gets one million dollars.″

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Adopt-A-Minefield: http://www.landmines.org/

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