Happy 70th, Sir Paul.
Ever since Paul McCartney entered the musical landscape more than fifty years ago, so much has been written about the "Cute Beatle," that there might not be any new news to offer. For example, it is well-known that his composition "Yesterday" is the most covered song in history (approximately 2,200 recordings). He has also written thirty-two number one singles and "Mull of Kintyre" is the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK.
Here are ten lesser-known facts about Mr. McCartney.
1. Paul's first name is James.
2. Paul is the only Beatle to have graduated from high school. He majored in Art.
3. The first song he wrote was "I Lost My Little Girl" in 1955.
4. Paul plays lead guitar on the George Harrison composition "Taxman."
5. Paul and John sang back-up on the Rolling Stones' 1967 single "We Love You."
6. Paul barks on "Hey Bulldog."
7. Paul was once arrested in Hamburg for having burned a condom on a hotel wall.
8. Paul owns more than 25,000 songs, including those written by Buddy Holly as well as the publishing rights to Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line and Grease.
9. Paul wrote "Hey Jude" while he was driving.
10. "Got to Get You Into My Life" is Paul's tribute to marijuana, although he no longer smokes.