On this day in music history: April 20, 1970 - “McCartney”, the solo debut album by Paul McCartney is released (UK release date is on April 17, 1970). Produced by Paul McCartney, it is recorded at 7 Cavendish Avenue, Abbey Road Studios in London and Morgan Studios in Willesden, UK from Late 1969 - March 1970. Following the recording of The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album, Paul McCartney works on his first solo release while The Beatles are in the process of breaking up, booking studio time under an assumed name and also recording at home on a Studer four-track recorder set up in his living room. The home recordings are done without the benefit of a mixing board, with McCartney literally plugging microphones directly into the back of the tape machine. Though no singles are issued from it, the album is very successful with the track “Maybe I’m Amazed” becoming a major airplay hit. Eight days prior to the albums UK release, advance copies of the album are received by the press. Inserted into the album is a short Q&A written by McCartney that in effect announces the break up of The Beatles, and publicly declares his departure from the band the next day on April 10, 1970. In June of 2011, a remastered version of the original album is reissued, including a 2CD + 1 DVD archival boxed set, featuring previously unreleased material from the recording sessions. “McCartney” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, number two on the UK album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Imagine Paul McCartney in a shopping cart at your local grocery store, and you’re just browsing through the isles casually, when suddenly you hear the loud voice of his yelling “I’M PAUL Mc “CART” NEY”
Then you see him sitting in a shopping cart, and you have to get him out because he is stuck.
It is my favorite Beatle’s birthday - MACCA TURNS 75 TODAY! wowowowow, how lucky are we to be alive right now?? Like many young people, I don’t think he ever thought of life past the moment, but I’m glad that he’s still around (I can’t IMAGINE a life without him, I don’t even want to THINK about it). So I’m glad that we’re still needing him (and FEEDING HIM!) past 64. Here is my little tribute for his birthday. Enjoy! (plus, you know, this was the beginning of his “concept album” phase)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES PAUL MCCARTNEY! MAY YOU LIVE FOREVER MORE!