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Happy 69th birthday Paul & Brian

Some people might not be aware that Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson are members of a Mutual Admiration Society. Their birthdays are just two days apart (Paul on June 18 and Brian on June 20). While the Beach Boys wave of success started before Beatlemania, both groups were pretty darn huge in the 1960's. And while such competition might create jealousy and anger among some, with Brian and Paul, it was the opposite. Both served as inspiration to the other..for the most part. When I saw Brian Wilson perform the Smile album at Overture Center several years ago, he pointed out that "God Only Knows" was Paul McCartney's favorite song, and seemed quite proud of that fact.  In fact, Paul has said he was inspired by the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds," as Sgt. Pepper was envisioned. And you can't help but notice that Paul's song "Back in the USSR" on the White Album is an homage to the Beach Boys. Oh, and in case you're interested, Brian has said his favorite Beatles song is "Let It Be."

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