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Paul McCartney was a surprise performer at multimillionaire businessman Ronald Perelman‘s third annual fundraiser for New York City’s famed Apollo Theater, held Saturday at the mogul’s estate in East Hampton, New York.  BusinessWeek.com reports that the Beatles legend joined The Isley Brothers during the bash for a version of the memorable tune “Twist and Shout,” which was a hit for both the soul group and the Fab Four.

According to the New York Post, McCartney saluted the Apollo during the show, while pointing out how influential the venue was to The Beatles.  “Where would we have been without you?” he remarked.  “In Liverpool, we would have stayed there.”

Jon Bon Jovi and guitarist Richie Sambora also were on hand to perform, delivering a rendition of their band’s 1986 classic “Wanted Dead or Alive.”  Among the other stars who hit the stage were Usher, Jennifer Hudson and rapper-producer Pharrell Williams.  Celebrities spotted at the party included Barry Manilow, Penny Marshall, Lorraine Bracco and Anjelica Huston

The benefit drew 260 guests, at $5,000 per ticket.  The event reportedly raised more than $2 million overall for the theater.

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