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Miscellaneous questions about Paul McCartney
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Here's a photo of Mary, along with Paul (haha, fat kid!) and his brother Michael:

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This isn't necessarily a question about Paul McCartney...but it raises questions about Paul. For instance, is he a stingy egomaniac?

I'm reading this book of interviews, and there is one with May Pang, Fred Seaman, and Geoffrey Giuliano. And another where Giuliano interviews Jo Jo Laine (I'm halfway through that one).

But Giulanio and Laine say a number of things I was unaware of.

1. Denny Laine wrote most of the lyrics for Mull Of Kintyre, and he and Paul were the two writers of the Band On The Run album, while Paul gave him no credit for his work.

2. Paul paid Denny and the rest of the band, including Linda, poverty wages for their work in Wings (35 pounds a week, later raised to 50). Supposedly, before Band On The Run came out, the rest of the band (excluding Linda), who were broke, were offered a 100,000 pound lump sum and told they could either take the 100,000 pounds now, or be paid royalties on the album later. Paul encouraged them to take the lump sum because he wouldn't want them to lose out if the album didn't sell.

3. Linda said on numerous occasions that she didn't want to be in Wings. Also, supposedly, at one point she couldn't pay a fine she was given because she said she only made the 50 pounds a week. Apparently that's all Paul was giving her.

4. Paul and Linda's children shared the same clothing and wore mismatched socks.

5. Paul said to one of his lawyers that "Ringo is always looking for a handout." Apparently Ringo was broke in the 80's and considered selling his shares in The Beatles to an Arab.

Has anyone heard this stuff?

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According to here Paul has had 7 non-Beatles #1 singles in the UK - "solo (1), Wings (1), with Stevie Wonder (1), Ferry Aid (1), Band Aid (1), Band Aid 20 (1)".

'Pipes Of Peace' was the solo #1, 'Mull Of Kintyre' with Wings, 'Ebony And Ivory' the duet with Stevie, and the others being charity records with a number of other artists ('Ferry Cross The Mersey' in 1989 and two versions of 'Do They Know It's Christmas', the first in 1984, the other in 2004).

In America Paul has so far reached the top spot once solo, five times with Wings, and once each with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Linda.  

The Wings #1's were 'My Love', 'Band On The Run', 'Listen To What The Man Said', 'Silly Love Songs', and 'With A Little Luck' ('Let Em In' reached number on the US Easy Listening chart (see wiki)). Solo was 'Coming Up (Live)' (technically Paul and Wings but credited to just Paul). With Stevie 'Ebony and Ivory', Michael 'Say, Say, Say', and 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' with Linda. 

 

[Hopefully all that is correct. No doubt someone will correct something.]

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Some corrections/additions to the UK list:

On the original Band Aid, Paul did not feature on the A-side. The B-side had spoken word contributions from several who couldn't make it, including Paul, played over the backing track of the A-side.

The Ferry Aid single (1987) was Let It BePaul cheated a little here, using the vocal from the Beatles version. It was released following the Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster.

Ferry Cross the Mersey (1989) was credited to The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman. It was released following the Hillsborough Disaster which saw the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

In 2012, following the release of a report on the Hillsborough Disaster, Paul was part of The Justice Collective who released a version of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother to raise money for the families legal fund.

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For anyone interested in those charity singles that are probably lesser known outside of the UK, here they are.

Ferry Aid (1987)

It should be noted that all Paul's contributions were done at his own studio, so no point looking for him in the scenes of the main recording.

The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman (1989)

The Justice Collective (2012)

This is probably my favourite of the three.

 

 

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I've read some of what Expert Textpert posted here and here elsewhere. Parts of it (eg Paul punching Jimmy McCulloch before the encore of a Wings show, how Paul didnt want to sign contracts and persuaded the band to get paid per week, the very rustic minimalist settings of the bands accommodation at High Park Farm) are in Tom Doyle's 'Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s', i dont remember any sources given so it could have either originated from the same source or even from the interview ET was reading (but i doubt that).

Paul and Linda (and i think their kids have too) occasionally stated openly that their kids were given hand-me-downs so its no revelation, Paul also made furniture including a cot for Mary - it was more about going back to basics, giving the kids a more normal childhood and not letting them get spoiled. I fail to see a story in it.

Laine being heavily involved in the writing of 'Mull Of Kintyre' and Paul eventually buying his part of the ownership of the song has been printed regularly for a long time. We all know Paul is a tough bastard when it comes to business.

Linda didnt want to be part of the band as she knew she wasnt a musician and so got extremely nervous and scared at times, therefore stating she didnt want to be in the band at times is no surprise. Its a testament to her love for Paul that she supported her husband not a stick to beat Paul for.

Ringo did reportedly have financial issues in the 80's. George had them as well hence his involvement in the Anthology project.

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"Jim gave Paul a nickel-plated trumpet for his fourteenth birthday, but when rock and roll became popular on Radio Luxembourg, McCartney traded it for a £15 Framus Zenith (model 17) acoustic guitar, rationalising that it would be difficult to sing while playing a trumpet."

-Wikipedia

Really? He JUST THEN realized you can't sing and play trumpet?? IT'S COMMON SENSE, PAUL!!!!

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thisbirdhasflown said

"Jim gave Paul a nickel-plated trumpet for his fourteenth birthday, but when rock and roll became popular on Radio Luxembourg, McCartney traded it for a £15 Framus Zenith (model 17) acoustic guitar, rationalising that it would be difficult to sing while playing a trumpet."

-Wikipedia

Really? He JUST THEN realized you can't sing and play trumpet?? IT'S COMMON SENSE, PAUL!!!!

Or is that someone on Wikipedia putting in their conjecture. Would someone who has read the official biographies, etc., chime in on the reasons Paul really gave for trading in the trumpet (if he ever did state his reasons explicitly - it may be just common sense that he saw that the guitar was the wave of the future). More than likely it wasn't for the reason mentioned in Wikipedia.

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They just worded it wrong. He obviously couldn't sing and play trumpet, but from what I've read I believe he thought it'd be hard to sing with the calluses on his lips caused by trumpet playing.

And shouldn't that've been in the questions about Paul section? It seems like a lot of our talk in All Together Now is actually Beatley. Some I understand goes with the non-Beatley, but we should have all the purely Beatles stuff in the Beatles section(s).
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