HOW DID HE BECOME AN ICON?
become the icon of bass players that Paul McCartney
became, it must be then that he was born a bass player
- ready from the beginning to go out and buy his first
bass. Of course this wasn't the case. The Beatles'
bass player, Stu Sutcliffe, stayed on in Hamburg after
one of their seasons there and they needed someone to
replace him. By default, it became Paul.
. . . he (Stu Sutcliffe, the Beatles' original bass
player) left when we finished the gig in
Hamburg, he decided to go back to art college. At
that point, Paul was still playing the guitar and I
remember us saying "Well, one of us has got to be
the bass player", and I remember saying "it's not
me, I'm not doing it" and John saying "I'm not doing
it either". He. . .went for it and he became the
bass player from that point on. So then we were a
four piece band.--George Harrison
said he was going to stay in Hamburg. He'd met a
girl and was going to stay there with her and paint.
So it was like, Uh-oh, we haven't got a bass player.
And everyone sort of turned 'round and looked at me.
I was a bit lumbered with it, really-it was like,
'Well... it'd better be you, then.' I don't think
you would have caught John doing it; he would have
said: 'No, you're kidding. I've got a nice new
Rickenbacker!' I was playing piano and didn't even
have a guitar at the time, so I couldn't really say
that I wanted to be a guitarist.--Paul
to this stubbornness, the Beatles sound began at that
time to take the direction that would bring them the
fame that no group of artists has before or since
the very early days, Paul played with the style that
most guitar players-turned-bass players employ. It's a
bouncy style that is caused generally by hammering the
pick down to the string on each note. The Rolling
Stones' Bill Wyman employed this style for years.
Other Astronomical Icons in History
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