70 On Going Strong – The Beatles Gem
Here’s a riddle for you. This knight is, perhaps, the most famous in the entire kingdom. He had the fairest maiden of his time. There’s nobody who can come close to him on the field. He has survived one of the biggest death hoaxes to date. When he whips out his choice of weapon, you can bet your Sunday best he’s going to be the last one standing. Guesses anyone!He’s the man that we can’t get enough of. He’s the one, the only. Sir James Paul McCartney; more fondly remembered as the gorgeous one-fourth of the biggest thing back in the sixties.
The 1960’s saw everything turned upside down, right side left and inside out. The love revolution, the counterculture, the wars, the Mary Jane comebacks and the overall almost-anarchy affected everything, including the music industry. And boy oh boy, are we glad that it did. The 60’s upheaval gave birth to one of the most iconic bands of all time. They ruled the moment they came on the scene. And ever since then, they’ve become a part of our lives, our culture and pretty much everything else. Heck, they’re even the air that we breathe. Deny it all you want, but it’s not going to change the fact that the Beatles were, are and probably will be, the best thing that ever happened to us.
The Beatles was, for those who were born after the swinging sixties, a four-man, no holds barred extravaganza that gave us the sixties a soundtrack. We reveled in all their glory. And there was nothing that could stop us. But there was one that we still can’t keep our eyes off. Bug eyed, over the top and a singer unparalleled, Paul McCartney came into our lives with a bang. And he’s been a guest in our homes ever since.
1966 saw hearts breaking world over as the Paul-Is-Dead hoax came out. According to urban legend, one night, Paul stormed out of a recording session after a fight with Lennon. As he was driving, he got into a fender bender so bad, that his face was left beyond recognition. Fuel to the fire came in the form of allegations that he was replaced by a look-alike. Pictures surfaced that marked out different features of Paul and Faux-Paul. Then, back play of recordings revealed verses stating “Paul Is Dead,” “I Miss You, I Miss You, I Miss You,” and “I Buried Paul.” However, there was nothing, not even the very real possibility of being dead, that could stop Paul McCartney from climbing aboard the one-way train to superstar-ville. And he’s been mayor of that town ever since.
“Oh Woman, Oh Why,” The Back Seat of My Car,” “You Gave Me the Answer,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Hey Jude,” “Magneto and Titanium Man,” “Heal the Pain;” there are too many hit singles to list here. But you get the idea. Since 1960, McCartney has been belting out hit after hit, ripping out riff after riff on his guitar and generally, just being the awesome rock star that he is. He rocketed to fame with the Beatles butin 1970, his solo career took him to the moon. And now, five decades and millions of records later, he’s in our heart and doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon.
He’s seventy, but nothing is slowing him down. And we’re glad that this rock star super nova is still blinding us with his star power. He’s proven himself time and time again. And now as he returns with yet another smash hit album and a tour that just isn’t ending, we are all set, waiting for him to take us out of this world.So we’re just going to go around and try to catch this Beatle as he buzzes all over, leaving broken hearts once again in his path. Let’s face it, there’s nowhere else in the world that we would rather be, and nothing else that we would rather be doing than looking and listening to the Beatle we all love.