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Paul McCartney dines, sings at Moody’s

SCOTT SONNER , Associated Press Writer

Regulars tapping to the beat of the Moody Bistro’s usual Thursday night jazz duo got a surprise when Paul McCartney took to the small stage for an impromptu song he called “Truckee Blues.”

McCartney sang about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 27 after he and wife, Heather Mills, dined incognito at Moody’s Bistro and Lounge in the historic Truckee hotel.

“I almost died. Here he is, 5 feet from you,” an excited Carm Lyman said last week.

“There were maybe 30 or 40 people there of all generations, all with their mouths open.”

McCartney, the former Beatle who opens a European tour next month, played a few songs with Bob Greenwood’s Jazz duo, said J.J. Morgan, general manager of the restaurant in the hotel built in the 1870s.

The couple had been vacationing at Lake Tahoe for a few days, he said.

“He wanted to listen to some music so we parked him next to the band. He was loving it,” Morgan said.

“We wanted to make sure they had a private, kind of incognito night, and I think he felt real comfortable,” he said.

Morgan, who moved from San Francisco to open the restaurant in the former logging town last summer with his partner Mark Estee of Boston, said McCartney apparently made up the tune “Truckee Blues” on the spot.

He said he’s a longtime fan of McCartney and the Beatles.

“Who isn’t?” Morgan said. Lisa Marie Presley dined there once, but McCartney’s visit was bigger, he said.

“I don’t know how much bigger it can get,” he said. “Truckee is a small town so word was whipping around.”

Last weekend, McCartney performed a rare private concert in San Diego for the wife of a Nevada-born financier who agreed to donate $1 million to the anti-landmines charity, Adopt-A-Minefield. That performance celebrated the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, executive producer of CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

Whitworth’s husband, Ralph Whitworth, who grew up in Winnemucca, Nev., arranged McCartney’s 90-minute set at the surprise party.