The King of 20th Century Music – Happy Birthday Paul McCartney

18 Jun

Sir Paul McCartney performs at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, June 4, 2012. The concert is a part of four days of celebrations to mark the 60 year reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Let’s go back in time a bit. Strip away the amassed fortune of around 475 million pounds, the 60 gold discs, the 100 million albums and singles sold, the co-written 32 billboard #1 hits. Forget about his knighthood and honorary degrees. Let’s go back to when Sir, sorry, just regular Paul McCartney was a 14-year-old chap growing up in Liverpool, England, the son of a Jazz musician and a mother, who in October of his 14th year died of an embolism. Regular young Paul McCartney before he changed the face of music with a little band called the Beatles. A

t 14, he wrote his first song, “I Lost My Little Girl,” a short ditty that sparked McCartney’s musical career. And, at 70 years old, he is showing no sign of stopping.

Here is “I Lost My Little Girl”:

Today, June 18 is Paul McCartney’s birthday. It’s always exciting to talk about Sir Paul. He is easily the most accomplished musician of all time and in my opinion (whatever that is worth) the absolute king of 20th century music. With his coterie of incredible musicians, McCartney and the Beatles flat-out pillaged the charts and exposed a listening public to a melodic proclivity and musical productivity that no one had ever heard before (or would hear again). John Lennon and Paul McCartney combined to form the greatest rock songwriting duo ever, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr completed the band that changed the face of modern music forever. Everyone has listened to the Beatles. Everyone knows the Beatles. Every pop/rock musician is in some way inspired by the Beatles.

So let’s all give Sir Paul a big happy birthday and because it is his birthday, why, the Beatles have a song for him:

Before I wrap up this post, I just want to thank Okocim and Amanda for covering for me when I was away. My trip to London, Paris, and Berlin, was spectacular and Rebecca and I had a joyous time. But, alas, all things must come to an end, and I am back. But that does mean that I am back to posting so that is exciting. The summer is almost officially among us, and I hope that the blog continues providing you all with great new artists and interesting explorations of old bands. If you have any ideas or are interested in writing do not hesitate to e-mail me at musiccourt@gmail.com. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@musiccourt) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/musiccourt).

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3 Responses to “The King of 20th Century Music – Happy Birthday Paul McCartney”

  1. John Phillips June 18, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    A little off the music topic, but how about some posts on your vacation?

    • Matthew Coleman June 19, 2012 at 6:34 am #

      Sure. I will work on putting some together. Thanks.

      • John Phillips June 19, 2012 at 8:43 am #

        Excellent. I like going but I also like living vicariously lol

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