Whether with The Beatles, Wings or solo, Paul McCartney has given us scores of classic songs that will live on through the ages, as long as music is enjoyed. Here are a few things you may not have known about Sir Paul McCartney, “The Cute One.”
1. He twice failed auditions to be a choir boy. Yes, the world’s most popular singer flunked his choir boy auditions—not once, but twice. Paul claims that he deliberately tried to fail one of the auditions, because he didn’t want to be a choir boy.
And yes, let’s be fair—despite the two rejections, Paul did eventually become a choir boy at his church.
2. His voice cracked in his debut as a Beatle. Paul McCartney officially played his first gig as a member of The Quarrymen (the group that evolved into The Beatles) on October 18, 1957. The concert took place at the Conservative Club, and for Paul’s first solo, he was (naturally) a bit nervous. His voice kept cracking, much to the gleeful delight and derisive laughter of bandmate John Lennon.
3. He was jailed in 1960 after lighting a condom on fire. In 1960, The Beatles were playing in Hamburg, Germany, but after local complaints, the band was told to leave the country.
4. He’s an accomplished painter. In the past two decades, Paul has had over 70 of his paintings exhibited at the walker art gallery in his hometown of Liverpool.