There is no denying that The Beatles are the most iconic rock and roll band of all time. With so many hits under their belt, this legendary band from Liverpool, UK has an impact on music that still lasts until this very day. But what about one its main men, Paul McCartney? Let’s break down some interesting facts about this genius musician.
Choir Boy Problems
Paul McCartney failed auditions twice to be a choir boy. However, he claims that he deliberately tried to fail one of the auditions as he did not want to be a choir boy. But eventually he did become a choir boy at his church.
His Voice Broke During His First Show
McCartney’s voice broke in his debut as a Beatle. On October 18, 1957, he played his first gig officially as a member of The Quarrymen, the group that evolved into The Beatles. His voice kept cracking for his first solo at the Conservative Club.
He Was Arrested in Germany
In 1960, The Beatles were told to leave Germany due to local complaints. Paul and bandmate Pete Best were arrested by the local police for lighting a condom while packing in a dark room and spent a few hours in jail.
He’s Also a Painter
Paul McCartney is an accomplished painter and has had over 70 of his paintings exhibited in the last two decades at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He was made an honorary detective by the NYPD after performing at a charity concert for 9/11.
He Performed in Front of a Crowd of 350,000 Fans
In 1989, Paul McCartney performed at a solo concert in front of what’s believed to be the largest paid audience in recorded history, a 350,000-plus crowd in Brazil. He also witnessed the 9/11 attacks as he was on an airplane in NY.
He Played Trumpet Before the Guitar
The first instrument that Paul McCartney played was the trumpet and not a guitar. He received the trumpet as a gift from his dad for his 14th birthday but Paul traded the trumpet for a guitar soon as one couldn’t sing while playing the trumpet.