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Music Giants: Paul McCartney


This Paul McCartney issue is a big one with stamps, minisheet, retail booklet, collector’s sheet and a prestige stamp booklet! I’ve never really been a McCartney fan, but I do like some of his songs. To be honest though, I do love the vibrancy of these stamps.

Coming up

There is a minisheet to commemorate Prince Phillip’s life (24th June), and this will be sent out with Dennis & Gnasher (1st July) which has stamps, minisheet, retail booklet and collector’s sheet. You should receive these mid-July.

Wild Coasts (22nd July) has stamps, retail booklet and generic sheet, and this will be sent out with Industrial Revolution (12th August). You will receive both these issues towards mid-August.

The chat

I love May – the weather is beginning to pick up; the flowers are established; there’s a positive vibe in the air and lockdown is easing even more. Yay!

You’ll have noticed that we have new ‘Official FDC’ stickers on our covers this time. We thought it was about time we updated them, and it means that you can now only purchase a proper, official cover directly from us.

Things have calmed down a little in the office recently, which is nice. We get the chance to catch our breath and enjoy the issues that we are sticking. There are still more interesting issues to come this year; I’m certainly interested in Wild Coasts and the Industrial Revolution (12th August). I always find it interesting researching the different issues for the information sheets and also this newsletter – every day is a school day!

Until the next time, stay safe, stay well, and keep collecting!

Wings and Solo Career

The Beatles ceased playing live shows in 1966. After their break up in 1970, McCartney recorded two solo albums, McCartney (1970) and RAM (1971), before performing the band Wings, with his wife Linda (née Eastman), an American photographer and musician, who he had married in 1969. He wanted her with him at all times, and having her on stage solved many of the problems that befall marriages in the world of popular music. Also to join Wings, were session drummer Denny Seiwell and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, who became part of the core of the group, along with Paul and Linda.

Sadly, Laine fell out with Paul and chose to leave the group in 1981, citing the lack of tour plans (following John Lennon’s assassination) as the reason. McCartney finally acknowledged the band no longer existed while promoting the release of Tug of War in 1982.

Wings toured the world and became the best-selling pop act of the 1970s, with an astonishing 12 top 10 singles in the UK, act of the 1970s, with an astonishing 12 top 10 singles in the UK, and
14 top 10 singles in the US. Of the nine albums released by Wings, all went to the top 10 in either the UK or the US.

Baxter and Bailey

Matt Baxter grew up in Burnley and trained at Northumbria University, before working in London for a stellar list of agencies including 300 million, where he met Dom Bailey. Bailey also grew up in the North of England, in Hartlepool, before training in Edinburgh, and then subsequently working in London for tech firm, Yota and 300 million. All before they set up their own agency in 2012, and made the move further south to Brighton, where the agency continues to be based. They focus on brand strategy, brand identity, digital design and development that makes a tangible difference to the audience and a positive impact in the world. They’ve designed a number of isues for Royal Mail, such as Music Giants: Queen, D-Day Anniversary and also Music Gians: Paul McCartney. In addition to this, they have developed advertising campaigns for various universities like Nottingham Trent, Sussex and Ravensbourne. 

Did you know….?

  • McCartney’s dad performed in a jazz band during the 1920s, playing the trumpet and piano. He gifted Paul with a trumpet on his 14th birthday, who later exchanged it for the acoustic guitar so he could sing while playing an instrument.
  • McCartney holds the record for the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with a total of 29 chart-toppers (the bulk of these came with The Beatles). He also holds the record for the most number ones with the UK Singles Chart with 25.
  • McCartney has won 18 Grammy Award wins and 78 total nominations.
  • McCartney has also dabbled in painting, mainly abstract expressionism, and had his first exhibition in Germany in 1999.
  • McCartney wrote 295 songs with John Lennon.
  • McCartney played to possibly the largest paid audience in recorded history, when in 1989, he played a solo concert to a crowd of 350,000-plus in Brazil.
  • McCartney was made an honorary detective by NYPD after giving a charity concert for 9/11.
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