PAUL McCARTNEY CELEBRATES his 70th birthday today, though he doesn’t look a day over 64 if you ask us. So here are seven things you may or may not already know about the Beatles star.
- Paul McCartney is in the Guinness Book of Records with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million singles.
- He wrote his first song, “I’ve Lost My Little Girl” when he was just 14.
- As a boy, he was an amateur bird-watcher and owned a beloved bird field guide. This would later inspire him to write the song “Blackbird”.
- Since 1966, many die-hard Beatles fans believe Paul died and was replaced by a lookalike. The rumour is still alive today, as is Paul.
- On occasion he jokingly uses the pseudonym of ‘Apollo C Vermouth’. This was first used because his record contract prevented him from using his real name when producing an album for novelty music group The Bonzos.
- In 1980 he was arrested and briefly jailed in Japan for carrying marijuana. He was also fined in the 1970s for possession and for growing marijuana on his Scotland farm.
- Paul was made an honorary detective by the New York City Police Department for the benefit concert he gave for 9/11 victims, April 2002.
Here’s a few images of Paul through the years. Happy Birthday Macca!