He was the cute Beatle. The one that wasn't taken (until later) He was the one that all the girls really liked. John was the smart one, George the quiet one, Paul the cute one. What was Ringo? Ringo was the all around guy, the drummer. But Paul was the non threatening one, the one that was so darned cute.
He had the voice that could break hearts. He could capture bittersweetness of a love affair gone wrong in "Yesterday" And then there's "Eleanor Rigby" the song that made many people think geez, what happened to the group that wanted to hold a girl's hand?
Then of course came the song that was the biggest hit: when John Lennon left his wife, Paul came to visit. He tried to cheer up Julian Lennon, then a song came out of it: "Hey Jude." It became one of their biggest hits.
In 1969 he married Linda Eastman, a photographer and a pretty blonde. They had a baby named Mary, after his mother who died when he was young. It was something he and John Lennon had in common: they lost their mothers when they were so so young. It was Mary McCartney senior who inspired one of the Beatles' last hits with the opening lines "When I find in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom, let it be." He (thanks wikipedia) was the primary writer of the last single they had called "The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles were breaking away from each other; it wasn't just Yoko or Linda, many people thought it started when their manager Brian Epstein died years before. The lyrics were just sad at times: "Many times I've been alone and many times I've cried /Anyway you'll never know the many ways I've tried." They did try to stay together, but dueling egos and life got in the way.
Of course he had to launch a solo career, and he did it with a beautiful single "Maybe I'm Amazed" It's such a lovely song, done well by Jill Clayburgh in An Umarried Woman when her character and daughter are singing the song on the piano. There were other hits, but of course people wondered when would the Beatles get back together?
They never did, not after December 8th, 1980. He was critqued for saying that Lennon's death was "a real drag." Yet years later when he was listening to Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" he tearred up.
More losses came: George Harrison, his beloved Linda. Another marriage, then a divorce. Yet he kept on going. Married again. He sang for the Queen for the jubliee, and next month he'll close the Olympics.
Happy birthday to Sir Paul. We're still amazed by you.
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