Sir Paul McCartney is one of the biggest names in the music biz, with huge hits and a massive fan following that spans generations to his credit. You will remember him from the Beatles, the guy who sang Let it be, Hey Jude and Yesterday with his three mates from the band. And then there is Paul McCartney from Wings, with Spies like us, My carnival and Put it there, among many others. And he is a Knight of the British Empire and has been since 1997. All of which makes him a world famous rock and pop superstar, hai na?
But there is another side to Sir Paul, one that his nearest and dearest know well. He has 8 grandchildren, with whom he makes music, watches football and dances. To them he is not a Sir and they don’t care much that he was a Beatle - what matters to them most is that he is Grandude, the man who told them stories. Tapping into this, Sir Paul has turned author with a children’s book called Hey Grandude. Yes, it could have been named that since that song – you know the one, it’s called Hey Jude! – sounds so similar, but it comes from the nickname his grandkids gave him Sir Paul said in an interview. The stories are about a character called Grandude, who is a sort of retired hippie who has adventures with his own grandchildren. “I imagined him as a sort of eccentric old guy. He’s got a grey beard, a little bit of a ponytail, a little bit groovy, with a little hat and a bow tie.” The Grandude has a magic compass that he rubs to take his grandkids wherever they want to go! And they go lots of places, like to ride horses with a cowboy in the desert, to dodge an avalanche, to battle an army of crabs and much more.
Take a look at the cover of the book….
Nice, no? And just to remind you that Grandude is not Paul McCartney, listen to five of our favourite songs by the former Beatle…
- Band on the run
- Hey Jude
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby (From "Yellow Submarine")
Yesterday (With Spoken Word Intro / Live From Studio 50, New York City / 1965)
- Silly love songs