Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and musician who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist, co-songwriter and bassist for the Beatles. One of the most successful composers and performers of all time, he is known for his melodic approach to bass-playing, versatile and wide tenor vocal range, and musical eclecticism, exploring styles ranging from pre–rock ‘n’ roll pop to classical and electronica. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history.
What was Paul McCartney accused of?
On January 16, 1980 McCartney tour and his entourage landed in Tokyo, Japan, to continue their ongoing tour of Asia. As soon as he reached customs, McCartney was arrested by the Tokyo police for possessing nearly half a pound of marijuana.
The criminal justice system is very harsh on drug offences in Japan, so McCartney was looking at a staggering seven-year sentence in prison. Despite the enormous amount of cannabis in his suitcase, the rock star assured the authorities it was intended for personal use, and not distribution.
The amount of weed McCartney had in his suitcase was enough that it would warrant a smuggling charge. As soon as he got out of customs, the former member of the Fab Four was placed in a Tokyo jail. He remained in prison for nine days before he was eventually released, avoiding any real punishment.
After being released from prison, McCartney was deported from Japan and did not return for a decade. He went back to Japan in 1990 on The Paul McCartney World Tour. All the money he earned from the tour in the country he donated to charity.
In 2004 McCartney commented on his arrest. He said: “We were about to fly to Japan and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get anything to smoke over there … This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”
Speaking about the moment he got caught, he added: “When the fellow pulled it out of the suitcase, he looked more embarrassed than me.”
McCartney went on: “I think he just wanted to put it back in and forget the whole thing, you know, but there it was.” Speaking in 2018 to James Corden, the star recalled the situation once again.
Does Paul McCartney have memory loss?
Based on the report, Paul McCartney has lost his memory that he could not even sing his famous songs without the help of a teleprompter during live shows. The singer was said to have started losing his memory bit by bit for years but it has become worst so he needs to retire now.
As per the article that was published by Globe titled “Paul’s Battling Brain Beetles,” it was claimed that Paul McCartney is relying on a teleprompter so he can sing and finish his song without a mistake. This was because his “brain farts” have gotten so bad in recent years.
It was alleged that he can only finish a song with a little help from a teleprompter. Without it, he could not recall the lyrics of Beatle’s popular song pieces anymore. The famous singer was said to have admitted about his bad memory in a previous interview.
The source added that memory loss is actually a problem that Paul McCartney has been dealing with for a while now. “Paul says he can’t remember the words or tunes to many of the songs that he made famous,” the source shared.
While it is true that Paul McCartney is already very old, having a teleprompter during a performance is not a sign of memory loss at all. In fact, even younger singers use this as a guide during shows. Gossip Cop pointed out that this device is already a common fixture on stage so the story is totally false.
The publication added that Paul McCartney has always been professional in his gigs and he has not made big mistakes while performing. His mind is intact and he can clearly remember and knows most of his songs. This is just a made-up story.
What were John Lennon’s last words to Paul McCartney?
In 1981 Paul McCartney flew to Monteserrat, where Beatles producer George Martin had installed a state-of-the-art studio, to begin work on his Tug Of War solo album. One song in this album is Get It, to which recording session he invited Carl Perkins to provide vocals. Carl loved the experience and the following morning he wrote My Old Friend for Paul in appreciation. In fact, he recounted to Paul that usually when he writes he needs a pen and a sheet of paper to record his thoughts on, but this time the words just stuck with him.
He then played the song to Paul. And Paul, upon hearing the song, left the room crying. ‘After I finished,’ he recalled, ‘Paul was crying, tears were rolling down his cheeks, and Linda said, ‘Carl, thank you so much.’ I said, ‘Linda, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you both cry.’ She said, ‘But he’s crying, and he needed to. He hasn’t been able to really break down since that happened to John.’ And she put her arm around me and said, ‘But how did you know?’ I said, ‘Know what?’ She said, ‘There’s two people in the world that know what John Lennon said to Paul, the last thing he said to him. But now there’s three, and one of them’s you, you know it.’ I said, ‘Girl, you’re freaking me out! I don’t know what you’re talking about!’
She said that the last words that John Lennon said to Paul McCartney in the hallway of the Dakota building were, he patted him on the shoulder and said, ‘Think about me every now and then, old friend.’ Here’s the YouTube video with Paul and Carl together in 1993. Paul obviously tried to hold his emotions.