Sir Paul McCartney, one of The Beatles legend turns 76 today the 18th June 2018. The rocker was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James “Jim” McCartney.
To celebrate McCartney’s birthday, we look back at his life in pictures and reveal seven things you might not know about the star:
1. He was on a plane in New York when 9/11 happened
Paul was waiting to take off on the tarmac at the city’s JFK airport when he spotted smoke coming from the Twin Towers. When speaking about the day, Macca has said he initially thought it was an optical illusion and “some sort of little fire”, until a steward said something serious had happened and ushered him off the plane.
2. Despite becoming a multi-millionaire singer, he failed an audition to be a choir boy
In the 1950s Paul auditioned for the choir at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, but was rejected.
3. He also messed up his first gig with John Lennon
When Macca made his debut with The Quarrymen – who later evolved into the Beatles – in October 1957, he missed his cue, despite practising for days.
4. The name for his band Wings came to him while praying
The image of ‘wings’ is said to have sprung into his mind as he was saying a prayer in hospital, when wife Linda was giving birth to daughter Stella.
5. At school he was a star pupil
Macca was one of just four pupils in his year to pass the 11-plus exam and gain entrance to the Liverpool Institute. During his time there, he once scored 90% in Latin.
6. He can count backwards really quickly
In fact, Paul can can back from 2,000 to one, faster than he can count forwards from one to 2,000.
7. One of his songs was written about a dog
Many thought Beatles tune Martha My Dear was a love song Paul wrote for his former fiancee Jane Asher. But in 1997 he revealed it was actually inspired by his Old English sheepdog Martha, saying “and our relationship was platonic, believe me.”