Music History

Comparing Paul McCartney’s Voice, 1965-2011

Now that the Super Bowl is over, all the attention and hype will turn to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, a monumental cultural event that not only set the stage for the rest of the 60s but for the music that came over the next five decades.

I’ve seen Macca perform a couple of times.  I once saw him perform 22 songs before he took so much as a sip of water.  I choose to believe that he was singing 100% live without the aid of any electronic devices.  (If that’s not true, please leave me with my delusion in this once instance.)

Ryan tweeted me this video that compares McCartney’s voice in 1965 (when he was 23) and 2011 (at age 69).  For maximum effect, use headphones.

Alan Cross

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