Paul McCartney turns 70 years old today. Food has figured prominently in the life of this rock 'n roll legend.
In fact, one of the Beatles' most memorable hits started out as a food song. McCartney came up with the melody, but the band struggled for months to decide on its lyrics and title. "We called it 'Scrambled Egg' and it became a joke between us," explained fellow Beatle John Lennon. "We almost had it finished, we had made up our minds that only a one-word title would suit — and believe me, we just couldn’t find the right one." The Fab Four finally agreed to give the song a different three-syllable name: Yesterday.
Although his first solo album (1970) was officially titled "McCartney," many fans refer to it as the "Cherries" album because of the cover photo.
In 2010, a British columnist asked McCartney about his kitchen skills. "I'm not bad," replied the rock legend. "I can turn a meal out." But he prefers to improvise, instead of sticking strictly to a recipe.
His late wife, Linda, is believed to be the person who turned McCartney into a vegetarian. And there's one veggie that really gets Paul excited.
"If I go on tour and eat a lot of restaurant or hotel food, I come back, and it's like, yeah, broccoli!" he said.