Paul McCartney: The Beatle Who Grew Wings And Ditched Meat

By | June 18, 2019

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Left: Promotional still from 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016). Right: McCartney and wife Linda McCartney from Wings backstage at Newcastle City Hall in England, 1973. Sources: (IMDB; Ian Dickson/Redferns)

Whether he’s the cute one, the vegetarian one, the Wings bandleader or just the bass player, Beatle Paul McCartney will always hold a place in our hearts as one of the members of the Fab Four. But there’s so much more to this laid back lad from Liverpool than his work with The Beatles. For most of his life, Paul McCartney has been creating unique art with a singular pop sensibility that’s still influencing musicians.

With a bevy of accolades under his belt, he’s a knight and a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s not much that Sir Paul McCartney hasn’t done. 

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Born in Liverpool, England on June 18, 1942, James Paul McCartney was a bright young man who loved music - especially the trumpet. Jazz wasn’t McCartney’s calling, he wanted to play rock and roll. McCartney didn’t want to turn up his nose at the gift, but it wasn’t long before the trumpet was gone and he was strumming a guitar every night. McCartney explained:

I persevered with the trumpet for a while. I learnt 'The Saints', which I can still play in C. I learnt my C scale, and a couple of things. Then I realized that I wasn't going to be able to sing with this thing stuck in my mouth, so I asked my dad if he'd mind if I swapped it for a guitar, which also fascinated me. He didn't, and I traded my trumpet in for an acoustic guitar, a Zenith, which I still have.