|Once Upon A Long Ago - UK single, 1987.|
It was reported that the origin of this song is with the film "The Princess Bride". McCartney was approached by Director Rob Reiner to compose a couple of songs and the incidental music for the film. Reiner rejected the two songs Paul submitted, "Once Upon a Long Ago" and "Beautiful Night", as "too sentimental"; he contracted with Mark Knopfler to complete the soundtrack.
|McCartney & Mercury at Live Aid.|
Linda McCartney revealed that Paul was devastated by Mercury's death when she appeared alone on British TV a few days after Mercury died.
Paul McCartney took a chance when he included the song on his "All The Best" compilation in the UK, as it had not yet been released as a single, so it was not a safe bet as a "best" song. However, the song proved a hit, and went to number ten on the UK singles list. In Belgium, it went as high as number four. The video has since become a seasonal favourite with its Christmas inspired animation sequences.
The song was released on a single (backed with the first outing of the McCartney-MacManus collaborations, "Back On My Feet"), on two different 12" singles (also containing the first four samples from the yet unreleased "Russian" CHOBA B CCCP" cover album), a CD EP and the video was released on a video cassette, "Once Upon...a Video". The song went rather unnoticed in the USA, where it didn't appear on the "All The Best" album and was not released as a single.
McCartney took it upon himself to provide sketches for the storyboard of the animated sequences for the music video, and now, one of these have appeared for sale on ebay!
|Paul McCartney's sketches for the second animated sequence in the music video for "Once Upon a Long Ago".|
Comprising: a large (32" X 12") animator's sheet of 14 annotated sketches by Paul McCartney in black marker. Further annotations in unknown hand (likely animator Geoff Dunbar). This was offered through Bonhams sale of Entertainment Memorabilia on 29th June 2016. It includes a Letter of Provenance from the video's co-director Michael Ross.