Sir Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney (Born June 18, 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the history of pop music. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon was the most successful of the post-war era. After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career which continues to this day.

PAUL MCCARTNEY FUN FACT 1: The first musical instrument Paul played was the trumpet- a gift from his dad for his 14th birthday. But Paul soon traded the trumpet for a guitar. You can't sing while playing the trumpet.

PAUL MCCARTNEY FUN FACT 2: On "Yesterday", McCartney's vocal and acoustic guitar, together with a string quartet, essentially made for the first solo performance of the Beatles. It remains popular today and, with more than 2,200 cover versions, is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music.

PAUL MCCARTNEY FUN FACT 3: He missed the very first meeting with Brian Epstein. While the rest of The Beatles turned up on time, McCartney was less punctual. When it transpired that McCartney was in the bath, Epstein lamented: "He's going to be very late." Quick as a flash, George Harrison responded: "But very clean."

Hear Paul McCartney- and more- on Sunday's "Brit Brunch" from 10am till noon!

- J Lock

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