Happy 64th, Sir Paul
Fri, 16 Jun 2006 10:10:22
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When a 25-year-old Paul McCartney sang a jaunty little tune called "When I'm Sixty-Four" on The Beatles' landmark Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, he delivered lyrics about mundane activities like "digging the weeds" and "mending a fuse." Little did he know that instead, he'd be celebrating his 64th birthday in the midst of a bitter divorce.
Yes, Sir Paul turns 64 this Sunday, June 18th, and even if he might not be in a very celebratory mood, that's not stopping the Beatles Story Exhibition in McCartney's hometown of Liverpool from throwing a big shindig, complete with cake, balloons and a "When I'm Sixty-Four" karaoke contest.
"There's tons of affection towards Paul personally" in Liverpool, says Jerry Goldman, director of The Beatles Story. "He doesn't forget that his home is here and his heart is here."
These days, McCartney could use all the affection he can get. His separation from second wife Heather Mills McCartney has been the subject of much vicious tabloid gossip and dirt-digging -- most of it directed at Mills-McCartney, but equally painful to the former Beatle, who recently lamented on his website, "One of the worst aspects of going through what Heather and I are currently going through is the malicious spreading of rumors and made-up facts that is happening in some areas of the media."
Then there's the possibility of the divorce itself turning ugly. Although both McCartneys continue to insist even now that Heather did not marry Paul for his money, legal experts say she could potentially take as much as a quarter of his $1.5 billion estate. That won't quite force McCartney to "scrimp and save" as he sang in "When I'm Sixty-Four," but it could put a dent in his rarified lifestyle.
Still, at least some of "When I'm Sixty-Four" has been borne out for the "cute Beatle": He will be able to celebrate his 64th birthday with "grandchildren on his knee" (he has three, though none are named Vera, Chuck or Dave). And the answer to the question, "Will you still need me?" is clearly still "yes."
--The ARTISTdirect Staff