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10 Interesting Facts About Paul McCartney

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That’s Sir Paul McCartney, by the way, and 70 years old this week – two facts we’ve thrown in for free. Here’s 10 more:

1. Founding member of The Beatles with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

2. In the annals of Guinness World Records, he is named “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”, notching up 60 gold discs and sales of more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles.

3. McCartney lists his idols as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

4. He’s a staunch supporter of many causes, such as vegetarianism, animal rights, music education and Make Poverty History.

5. He’s had three wives – photographer singer and vegetarian food pioneer Linda Eastman; charity campaigner and now potential British Skier Heather Mills; and in 2011 New York transportation businesswoman Nancy Shevell.

6. The Beatles may be one of the most successful bands of all time, but they only had ten years (1960 and 1970) together.

7. McCartney’s band Wings was disbanded in 1981, also after just ten years, probably because of the murder of John Lennon in 1980.

8. The song Freedom was written as a response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, which McCartney witnessed from the JFK airport.

9. 2012 has already been a great year – concluding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, turning 70 and a booking to close the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

10. Latest news – hot off the press – is that one of McCartney’s prized bass guitars will be auctioned in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins (the last time he did so, it raised £60,000 for the charity).

A lifetime spent juggling words and music. At University in London, I studied music and English and ever since have combined the two in my professional and leisure activities. Long may it continue!