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Top-10 Quotes About Paul McCartney


"I can't speak for George, but I pretty damn well know
we got fed up of being sidemen for Paul."

- John Lennon

"I just knew what I saw what happened within the confines
of the studio that Paul was the one who sort of saved
the situation always, and the one who always went
that little bit extra to perfect things."

- Geoff Emerick (Chief EMI Studio Recording Engineer)


"I'm in awe of McCartney. He's about the only one that I
am in awe of. He can do it all. And he's never let up ...
He's just so damn effortless!"

- Bob Dylan


"... I joined Paul McCartney's 'Wings' and it was a big education ...
I feel like I got my masters degree from McCartney University."

- Laurence Juber (ex-Wings guitarist)


"... someone who's beyond genius."

James McCartney (Paul's son)

"Paul can be very cynical and much more biting than me when he’s
driven to it. ‘Course he’s got more patience. But he can carve people
up in no time at all, when he’s pushed. He hits the nail right on the
head and doesn’t beat about the bush, does Paul. LP winner."

- John Lennon 1964


"Everyone knows John's the one with all the talent
- and Paul's the window dressing."

- Heather Mills (allegedly to a fellow 'model' from Liverpool)


"He was a really prolific writer. You had to be on your
toes all the time with him, but I learned a lot from it.
It was very easy to work with him on songwriting."

- Denny Laine (Singer-songwriter / Member of Wings)


".... the most sophisticated pop musician that I knew of and liked
was Paul McCartney."

- Freedy Johnston

"I'd put Gershwin, Berlin and Hank Williams. I'd probably put Paul
McCartney in there too. Then I'd have Richard Rodgers and Lorenz
Hart. Then, in the second tier, Lennon is there, Dylan is there, Bob
Marley and Stephen Sondheim are there, and maybe I'm there, too."

- Paul Simon (who he'd put in the pantheon of popular songwriters)


"Paul McCartney has a voice that can do anything!"

- Phil Spector (American Record Producer who produced Let It Be)

"Paul, to me, has always been 'the musician' and the one that, for want
of a better phrase - was the 'musician's musician'. I mean, Paul was
a good drummer, good guitarist, good keyboard player and he sort
of held the band, and brought them to that, sort of, perfection."

- Geoff Emerick (Chief EMI Studio Recording Engineer)


"Obviously, Paul was the only guy who could play bass -
I was stupefied! The guy's suddenly become a bass player
overnight - and a wonderful bass player!"

- Tony Sheridan (British Rocker who preceeded Beatles in Hamburg)

"by nature drawn to music's formal aspects yet wholly untutored ...
[he] produced technically 'finished' work almost entirely by instinct,
his harmonic judgement based mainly on perfect pitch and an
acute pair of ears ... [A] natural melodist— a creator of
tunes capable of existing apart from their harmony".

- Ian MacDonald (British Musicologist - The Beatles’ Records and the 1960s)


"I've gotten to work with lots of great legends - but Paul is definitely
just on another level. Not taking away from all those other people,
but, even they would say the same thing!"

- Abe Laboriel Jr.


"... an extraordinary man - whose talent turned into genius!"

- Sir George Martin (Chief EMI Producer, Arranger, Engineer)

"Paul McCartney is a genius ... Paul married Rock & Roll
to beauty, and forever raised the bar for composers,
musicians, and fans ... an incredible solo performer ...
the creator of our favorite songs ..."

Alec Baldwin (Kennedy Center Awards)


"Talents like his come along about once in a century!"

Madonna - VMA 1999 Best Moments
(knelt down before Sir Paul - bowing in an attitude of worship!)


" ...There is one person in this hall tonight whose work is immortal!
There is only one Paul McCartney! .....
You call him Sir, but I call him Lord!"

- Bono (EMAU MTV Ultimate Award)


"By 2012 the masses will be where we are today,
and Paul should be Jesus by then!"

John Lennon

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