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jason gregory

12:13 18th June 2010

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Happy Birthday, Sir Paul McCartney, who turns 68 today. In tribute, Gigwise has put together a host of interesting facts about the former Beatles' illustrious career – from his childhood in Liverpool to the top of the music world.

  • 1 – Paul McCartney was born at Walton Hospital in Liverpool, England on June 18 1942. His mother, Mary, worked at a nurse in the maternity ward, although she was understandably clearly pre-occupied on the day of his birth.

  • 2 – It was at the age of 15 when he met John Lennon – together the pair went on to form one of the most formidable songwriting partnerships in history.

  • 3 – The Beatles experimented with a series of names, including Johnny and The Moondogs and The Silver Beetles, before settling on their chosen one in 1960.

  • 4 – Lennon-McCartney songs on the first pressing of the 1963 album 'Please Please Me' were originally branded as 'McCartney-Lennon', but later changed.

  • 5 – While still in The Beatles, McCartney also wrote songs for artists including Cilla Black and Peter & Gordon.

  • 6 – As The Beatles became more successful, McCartney began to be offered privileges unheard of for other music stars. These included a police officer once offering to park the singer's car.

  • 7 – McCartney was the first member of The Beatles to become involved in a project away from the group, when he wrote a film score for The Family Way in 196

  • 8 – McCartney was given the nickname “Macca” after the band's break-up in 1970.

  • 9 – McCartney insisted when he went solo that his wife Linda, whom he married in 1969, should be involved in his musical ventures so they could always be together.

  • 10 – McCartney took a break from performing in the aftermath of John Lennon's murder in 1980 out of fear that he might suffer the same fate.

  • 11 – McCartney became Sir Paul in 1997 when he was knighted at Buckingham Palace by the Queen for his services to music.

  • 12 – In 2001, McCartney wrote and recorded the title track to Tom Cruise's Hollywood blockbuster, Vanilla Sky.

  • 13 – In the same year McCartney found himself at the centre of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as his plane was on the runway at JFK airport when the planes struck the World Trade Centre.

  • 14 – As a solo artist, McCartney has played a series of landmark gigs around the world, including at Hayarkon Park, in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2008 – a concert which attracted 50,000 fans.

  • 15 – In 2010, despite being 68, Sir Paul shows no stopping, and has revealed that his latest venture will see him write the score for a forthcoming ballet.

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