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Happy 80th birthday to Paul McCartney, the man who wrote the soundtrack to my life and more

Luke O'Neill


Paul McCartney turned 80 yesterday. Luke O’Neill writes a letter to the man who wrote the soundtrack to his life and much more

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Paul McCartney, one of the greatest living songwriters, turned 80 yesterday. Picture by Steve Parsons

Paul McCartney, one of the greatest living songwriters, turned 80 yesterday. Picture by Steve Parsons

Paul McCartney, one of the greatest living songwriters, turned 80 yesterday. Picture by Steve Parsons

Hi Paul. I’m writing to wish you a happy 80th birthday. What an amazing life you’ve had. I’m sure the whole world wishes you well, but I want to add my own heartfelt wishes, because you’ve made a huge difference to my life. Your 80th birthday yesterday gives me a chance to say thank you very much for enriching my life with your music, your life story, generosity and positivity.

I’ve been a fan for 54 years — since 1968, when I was four. I remember the cartoon movie Yellow Submarine and jumping around the front room with my friend Declan Reale singing that song. Little did we know it was, apparently, partly inspired by the drug Nembutal that you took in Hamburg!


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