Once again, it’s Paul McCartney’s birthday, born this day in 1942 in Liverpool. He would go on to achieve success with a band called the Beatles, named by way of a man on a flaming pie if you believe the legend. And after that band ended, he would record solo, with a new band Wings, and with his wife Linda, too. All the while he kept writing songs. He has a knack for it, you see.
And instead of listing off a bunch of songs of his that I love – and boy, there are a lot of them – I thought I’d try something different this year. I thought I’d ask some of my friends to submit their favourites in exchange for some link love to their sites as well in celebration of the birth, and the work, of one of my heroes.
And so here they are, in no order and with some commentary from my erudite friends and family, Delete Bin regulars, and Twitter buds. When it’s all over, please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section!
♥ No More Lonely Nights – “It appeared long after his well appeared to have run dry, and has all the trademark good Macca-aspects without any of the cringeworthy ones. Even Linda sounds OK on it. And (Pink Floyd’s David) Gilmour’s solo is mighty.” – John Roussety
♥ Maybe I’m Amazed (live version, 1976) – . “Maybe I’m amazed would be a necessary one. No one mentioned it yet? How dare they! The blasphemy! It’s my favourite McCartney song. I’m glad it was me that contributed it.” – Ashley MacDonald
♥ The Backseat of My Car – “It’s ambitious to the point of almost being symphonic in scope, but it really brings the goods. The arrangement veers through all sorts of different territory and arrives at an incredibly bombastic yet fully satisfying crescendo, only then to zig-zag somewhere else for the fade-out. A stunning track.” ‘Snarfyguy‘
♥ The Long and Winding Road – “I’ve always loved it because it has a beautiful melody that just grabs you and pulls you into the song and never lets you go. The lyrics are quite beautiful too. And, sorry Paul, Phil Spector was absolutely right about the orchestra, you’re just jealous because he thought of it first.” – Graeme Burk
♥ Pipes of Peace, Fool On The Hill – “Pipes of Peace” is one that holds a special place in my heart. It still brings a tear to my eyes, all these 27 years later. And “Fool on the Hill”is the perfect Paul McCartney song”. – Guacira Naves
♥ Junior’s Farm – “Huh!” This non-album single cooks with gas. Great escapism from the mundane and absurd; we’re racing to one of those mythical rock ‘n’ roll refuges where the whole tribe is welcome. – Geoff Moore
♥ Silly Love Songs – You really would think that the world had had enough of them, but it’s not the case [ed: “Oh, no.”]. I remember in the long hot summer of ’76 endlessly playing a tape of songs that me and my brother had taped from the wireless. This song always takes me back to then. Splendid bass and horns make this my fave Macca track at the moment. – “Dances With Difficulty”, and seconded by Harriet Fancott
Thanks to everyone for their contributions, and happy birthday Macca!