Paul McCartney: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Former Beatle
It’s unusual for Sir Paul McCartney to tour the United States in back-to-back years but that’s exactly what’s going to happen when he launches his “Up and Coming Tour” this spring.
Right now, the tour is set to kick off March 29 in Glendale, Arizona. From there McCartney is scheduled to perform in Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. McCartney has announced that more dates are pending. Sir Paul promises to visit unique venues and cities he hasn’t performed in for awhile.
For this road trip, Macca will be performing songs from every stage of his career: Beatles, Wings, and solo.
McCartney is a legend and we know all about his career, his trials, and tribulations.
Or do we?
Below are 20 interesting and lesser known facts about the most successful musician and composer in the history of music.
- Wings‘ 1977 single “Mull of Kintyre” is the UK’s top selling non-charity single of all-time.
- In 1995, McCartney directed a documentary about The Grateful Dead.
- McCartney has published a book of poems called Blackbird Singing.
- McCartney once hired three jets to distribute dry ice in the clouds above Winter Palace Square in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg. It was a successful attempt to stave off rain.
- McCartney is responsible for 32 number one singles on the U.S. Hot 100 chart.
- McCartney supports the football clubs Everton and Liverpool.
- McCartney’s MPL Communications owns the copyrights to Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease as well as every Buddy Holly song,
- In 1954, Paul McCartney met George Harrison on a bus.
- The second song Paul McCartney ever composed was “When I’m Sixty-Four.”
- “Yesterday” has been covered by over 3,500 artists and played more than 7,000,000 times on American radio and television.
- McCartney was on the tarmac at JFK during the September 11th terrorist attacks.
- After McCartney performed “Live and Let Die” on the UK’s X Factor, Simon Cowell said, “on behalf of all of us, you’re through to the next round.”
- In 2002, McCartney designed a series of half a dozen postage stamps for the Isle of Man. It’s believed that McCartney is the only major rock star to be a stamp designer.
- Joe McCartney, Paul McCartney’s grandfather, played an E-flat tuba.
- Paul McCartney and John Lennon seriously considered accepting Saturday Night Live’s offer of $3,000 to reunite The Beatles on their show. Paul and John decided against it because they were too tired.
- In 2005, McCartney released a children’s book called High In The Clouds: An Urban Furry Tail.
- McCartney is the only artist to have participated in UK number one singles as a soloist, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, and musical ensemble.
- For a time after Lennon’s assassination, McCartney stopped performing live out of fear that he would be “the next” to be murdered.
- McCartney’s first serious girlfriend was Dot Rhone.
- McCartney holds an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University.
- McCartney is also the name of minor planet 4148. The planet was discovered in 1983 and named to honor the former Beatle.