Monday, 18 June 2012

Paul gets a trumpet for his 14th birthday

On 18 June 1956, Paul McCartney received a special gift for his 14th birthday, that may well have been the start of his impressive career.

He received from his father a trumpet, which they bought at Rushworth & Draper's in Liverpool. In the Fifties trumpets were the big thing, following the success of Harry James (The Man with the Golden Trumpet) and Eddie Calvert.

But because Paul couldn't sign while playing the trumpet, he soon traded it for an accoustic guitar, a Zenith. On the Anthology video he says he still owns the guitar.

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