A young Sir Paul McCartney would have been thrilled to know he would live a long, healthy life.
The Beatles legend spoke with The Radio Times in celebration of the milestone 50th anniversary of Abbey Road. Asked what a 27-year-old McCartney would think of the album being talked about five decades later, McCartney revealed his younger self would just be happy to know he is still alive.
“He would be loving the fact that he was still here. Like a lot of people, I think I thought I was going to die at 28. Which is nothing to do with the car number plate on the cover,” McCartney said. “To hear that I’d lasted till 77 would have been great news.”
The album cover of Abbey Road famously featured “clues” which led conspiracy theorists to believe McCartney had died in an accident and been replaced.
McCartney also shared one regret he had. “I often think I should have kept a copy of everything we put out but I didn’t,” he said, noting he didn’t have physical copies of any of The Beatles 23 albums. “Too busy living it.”
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