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Paul McCartney Facts

Paul McCartney was the only Beatle wearing a beard during the recording and filming of the ‘Let It Be’ album and movie. Ironically, he was the only Beatle without a beard on the cover of ‘Abbey Road’, which was recorded the same year as ‘Let It Be’.

Saturday is the only day of the week not mentioned in the Beatles song “Lady Madonna.”

Paul once bought a racehorse for his dad named Drakes Drum.

Paul was just 15 years old when he first met John Lennon.

Paul once told a reporter that Yoko Ono looked like a gigantic swollen chopstick with black Chia pet hair.

Paul was made an honorary detective by the NYPD after giving a charity concert for 9/11.

Both Linda Eastman and Barbara Bach were in attendance at the famous Beatles’ August 15th, 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Linda would later marry Paul McCartney and Barbara would go on to marry Ringo Starr.

His father's name was James and his mother's name was Mary.

Paul played to what’s believed to be the largest paid audience in recorded history, when in 1989, he played a solo concert to a crowd of 350,000-plus in Brazil.

The first musical instrument Paul played was the trumpet, which was a gift from his dad for his 14th birthday.

Paul was originally the lead guitar player for The Quarrymen, and only began playing bass guitar after Stuart Sutcliffe quit the group.

After seeing a poster advertising a Slim Whitman concert, Paul McCartney realised that Whitman was also left-handed with his guitar strung the opposite way to a right-handed player.

During the week of April 4, 1964, The Beatles occupied the top five spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100. “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Please Please Me” In addition to these five singles, seven of their other songs held various lower positions on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1966 Paul McCartney took part in a free-form jam at London’s Royal Collage of Art, where he played a beer mug and a radiator.

The Beatles last photo shoot was on Friday, August 22, 1969, at John and Yoko’s home, Tittenhurst Park, Berkshire, England. (The photos were used on the Hey Jude album).

A species of trilobite was named Struszia mccartneyi after Paul McCartney.

In 1973 Paul McCartney was fined £100 for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave him the seeds and he didn't know what they would grow.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote 295 songs together.

When recording his first solo album in 1970 Paul McCartney would book into Abbey Road studios under the name of Billy Martin.

When The Beatles appeared live on the Ed Sullivan show in New York in 1964, they also recorded two other performances to be shown at later dates.

A Hard Day’s Night is the only Beatles album where all of the songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In 2002, Paul married Heather Mills at St Salvator Church, Ireland. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Jools Holland and Chrissie Hynde. Heather walked down the aisle clutching a bouquet of 11 'McCartney' roses. Mills and McCartney separated on 17 May 2006 and when divorced Mills was eventually awarded a lump sum of £16.5m, together with assets of £7.8m.

Paul McCartney and George Harrison first met on a bus while the two were schoolboys to and from the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys.

Paul McCartney’s father Jim bought an upright piano for the family home from future Beatles manager, Brian Epstein's Liverpool store.

Paul McCartney’s company MPL Communications owns the copyrights to more than 3,000 songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly, and the musicals Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease.

Running just 23 seconds long, the McCartney penned “Her Majesty” is the shortest Beatles song to be released on an album.

In 1995, PaulMcCartney directed a short documentary about The Grateful Dead.

Paul offered his song Yesterday to UK singer Chris Farlowe, who turned it down, saying it was too soft for him.

Paul McCartney conceived the album title for Rubber Soul after overhearing a musician's description of Mick Jagger's singing style as "plastic soul". The fact that an actual person named Eleanor Rigby is buried in Liverpool's Woolton Cemetery is a bizarre coincidence. Paul McCartney wasn’t aware of this at the time of writing the song.

In 2011, PETA announced a US postage stamp campaign of famous vegetarians would include McCartney.


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