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7 Things You Didn't Know About Paul McCartney

June 16, 2017

We still love him when he's 75!

The name Paul McCartney has been pretty much a household word for five decades. We all know he's "the cute Beatle," and that he was in a band before Wings, and that one of his wives turned out to be a b^%*#.

But I bet you didn't know all of these fun facts about Sir Paul.

1. His real first name is James. 

2. Paul is an excellent drummer. Not only did he play the drums on "Ballad of John & Yoko," he played them on "Dear Prudence" "Back in the USSR" and all the songs on the Band on the Run album.

3. The first instrument he learned to play was the trumpet. He made the switch to guitar after he figured out how to re-string a a right-handed instrument to play left-handed. According to legend, he got the re-stringing idea from a Slim Whitman poster.

4. Before he settled on "Wings" as the name for his post-Beatles band, he considered naming it "Turpentine."

5. The first record he ever bought was Be Bop a Lula by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps.

6. He admitted in a twitter Q & A that he still gets startstruck around Bob Dylan. I wonder if Bob gets starstruck around Paul?

7. He's fascinated by new technology, and made a very early live web video about making mashed potatoes.