Talk:Paul McCartney

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Four octaves?Edit

The second paragraph included the following:

"his versatile and wide tenor vocal range (spanning over four octaves)"

I doubt that Paul McCartney's range is that large. Can any provide a citation? Can anyone provide evidence regarding his range? John Link (talk) 21:23, 18 June 2020 (UTC)

This site has a list of McCartney recordings with high and low notes covering five octaves (A1 to A6). ("'The Girl Is Mine', ... a shockingly powerful and easy A1!", "Falsetto A5 scream from 'Twist and Shout'", "...non-modal note found, an A6 from a studio rehearsal of 'Oh Darling'") Unfortunately the corresponding video has been taken down so it's hard to check. Talk to SageGreenRider 14:11, 28 June 2020 (UTC)
This one claims 4+ octaves Talk to SageGreenRider 14:15, 28 June 2020 (UTC)


Spitz's name occurs twice in the article without explanation. There are numerous citations of him by surname only in the footnotes. What's his full name, and who is he? Koro Neil (talk) 02:03, 4 July 2020 (UTC)

Read the article, including citations and sources. Bob Spitz. The Beatles: The Biography. Why would a citation to a reliable source require an "explanation" in the article? Sundayclose (talk) 02:24, 4 July 2020 (UTC)

Opinion not factEdit

The introduction reads:

“His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history.”

Unless you define “success,” this largely a matter of opinion, albeit one that I and most people agree with.

This article is locked, so I propose the following edit:

“His songwriting partnership with John Lennon is widely considered the most successful in history.” Fielding99 (talk) 01:29, 23 July 2020 (UTC)

The source for that statement is Billboard, which is quite solid when it comes to assessing musical success. The source identifies several criteria for "most successful", and it's quite convincing. Also read the leads for Lennon–McCartney and The Beatles, which have similar (and well sourced) unequivocal statements. You're right; most people agree with the statement. It may be an opinion, but it's a widely accepted opinion. Can anyone name a more successful songwriting partnership in terms of output, chart success, and sales records? Sundayclose (talk) 02:42, 23 July 2020 (UTC)

Google's definition of successful says "having achieved popularity, profit, or distinction." What other songwriting partnerships even approached the popularity and record sales of Lennon-McCartney's output? ili (talk) 11:24, 23 July 2020 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 September 2020Edit

Please replace

learn by ear


learn by ear

"by ear" is just six characters long and it's easier not to notice the link, but if you link "learn" you'll double the length of the link and make it more noticeable. (talk) 13:09, 24 September 2020 (UTC)

  Done Sundayclose (talk) 14:38, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
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