Paul McCartney turns 80

Paul McCartney turns 80

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

June 12, 2022

One of the defining musicians of the past two generations will reach a significant milestone this Saturday.

Happy birthday, Paul.

Our lives would not be the same without you.


  • Salmon en croute says:

    This Saturday I think, Norman, the 18th.

  • Ya what says:

    He’s had a brilliant career for someone who can’t read music.

    • Bill says:

      Lots of brilliant musicians through history couldn’t read music. Erroll Garner couldn’t, for instance.

    • Nick2 says:

      Pavarotti never admitted he couldn’t read music but according to those around him he couldn’t!

      All congratulations to Sir Paul and best wishes for his birthday. Some of his wonderful songs will last for a very long time.

      • Javier says:

        The fact that McCartney couldn’t read music just make bigger his talent and brings much more merit to his musical achievements. He has a tremendous ear and music continously move across his brain. So the lack of formal education will never stop a genius!

    • V.Lind says:

      He may not read music, but he understands music.

      Friends went to see him when he played in Canada (at an arena) a couple of years ago. Apparently a very long, very audience-friendly, concert — a generous and energetic performance, amazing for a solo artist in his late 70s.

      Time to make him Lord McCartney. Happy birthday, Sir Paul, and many more.

  • Larry says:

    He’s on tour in the US right now, playing in giant arenas.

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  • E.R. says:

    This is so heartwarming…to
    hear Blackbird and see this background…
    the night, thousands of faces turned towards him, with
    such respect. Thanks for posting!

  • Dino Carlucci says:

    Elvis couldnt read music neither and Sinatra couldnt. So to not be able to read music brings you to being one of the biggest stars in human history as in McCartney Sinatra and Elvis then not being able to read music aint no thang. Elvis and Sinatra never even wrote their own.songs but McCartney we dont need any reminding about that guy.

  • Mike Phillips says:

    Pray that Paul learns of Jesus and gives his heart to Him as Lord and Savior. It would be special to sing with Paul in heaven.

    • Javier says:

      If you would like to sing in heqven along a great singer/composer as Paul, you firstly have to deserve heaven before you even doubt if the singer deserves it!

  • Connie says:

    I think I’ve been celebrating his birthday since 1963! Happy birthday Paul (one more time and many more)!

  • Thomas M. says:

    While he never studied music properly, he’s always been curious in his entire life, and in the event of being called upon to provide music that required craftsmanship beyond his grasp, he never failed to call upon (and HONOUR) collaborators such as Carl Davis (Liverpool Oratorio) or Bernard Herrmann (on film scoring). The connection with Bernard Herrmann was particularly touching: He had heard the band back home in Liverpool BEFORE The Beatles hit the big time, and he took their tapes to several labels because he thought they had something special. Nobody listened to him at the time. When McCartney, a decade later, was commissioned to write a film score, he turned to Herrmann for advice.

    • Martin Shough says:

      Sorry if I appear pedantic, but there are several errors and confusions here. McCartney never collaborated with Bernard Hermann. Hermann certainly had no part whatever in promoting the Beatles to record labels. And McCartney did not not seek Hermann’s advice or assistance re film scoring. The person who hawked the early Beatles tapes to record labels in 1962 was their manager Brian Epstein. The McCartney “film score” referred to, “a decade later”, is presumably 1973’s title music for the film Live And Let Die, for which McCartney employed not Hermann but the Beatles’ producer George Martin. The only Hermann connection is that George Martin claimed his McCartney-directed octet score for the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby, back in 1966, had been influenced by hearing Hermann’s score for Psycho.

  • Franki says:

    Elvis couldn’t play guitar

  • Chris says:

    What a brilliant career and still going strong!

  • Tom says:

    At 80 this man can still fill huge venues. Although his singing isn’t as great as it once was. He can entertain for 3 hours at a time. He is an amazing human being.

  • Jon Lyon says:

    Yes, as mentioned, this Saturday, June 18, Sir Paul turns 80. One of the more fascinating quirks if you will, or was it in the stars: another musical genius was born just two days (2 days!) later, on June 20, 1942, Mr. (Sir, yet?) Brian Wilson. The great Overseer (take your pick), orbiting from Liverpool to Inglewood, CA, (LA, really), these two were scooped up and blessed with their phenomenal talent at birth, in close proximity.

    G. Martin (THE 5th Beatle)

  • Rick ruch says:

    Mindy and I saw him on the got back tour the show was a spiritual awakening best show thank you to everyone at camping world stadium to everyone who made this tour happen bus drivers truck drivers to stage hands riggers road staff wardrobe business management road manager to pablo and wollie on sound and lights

  • Arthur Nyirongo says:

    The greatest musician of our time.

  • Sandi says:

    Happy Birthday Paul. Your music will outlive most of us and bring joy to generatiions to come. Thank you.

  • Diana says:

    Paul McCartney is not only one of our greatest musicians ever, but he’s also one of the good guys! He’s always so giving at his concerts, a reputation that is true, I’ve seen him in concert, he is a legend! Happy birthday you gorgeous man xx