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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Who was the tallest Beatle?

'Evidence' of an alleged height disparity 
The official record has Lennon, McCartney and Harrison as the same height: 5'11" with Ringo Starr 5'8". Some have speculated that these figures are a little generous:
Paul looks at least an inch shorter then 5'10''
Stuboy82 said on 16/Aug/15
Tom jones only claims a peak height of 5"10.5 and is listed as this here.. but a google image search of him with both paul and john lennon reveal that he is at least an inch taller than them..
JB said on 24/Jun/15
@thewonders Exactly. Paul was the tallest and he was never taller than 5'10" John and George were both about an inch shorter. Nobody seems to believe me when I tell them this

Was Paul the tallest Beatle? 

Photos from the late Sixties do seem to suggest that Paul was fractionally taller than John and George. Conspiracy theorists argue that McCartney's (alleged) mysterious mid-twenties growth spurt proves that 'Real Paul' was replaced by 'Fake Paul/Faul' in November 1966. The rest of the world remains unconvinced.

Is there a more plausible explanation?

There has been much earnest online discussion involving Paul's Cuban heels. But a more obvious consideration is the distortion created by camera angles and perspective.

Does any of this matter?

It does to Paul - or Faul if you really insist! When asked about Nowhere Boy he was keen to put the record straight: 
‘I haven’t actually seen it, but I hear I’m OK in it. But you know what I’m slightly peeved about? My character, my actor, is shorter than John!’ he laughs. ‘And I don’t like that! I’m the same size as John, please. Put John in a trench! Or put me in platforms!’ 
Taken from The Beatles Teaching Pack (£3.99) 


  1. The only Paul McCartney in the Beatles was the real Paul McCartney. Period. Full stop. End of story. Any speculation that Paul McCartney was replaced by a look alike and sound alike is bullshit.

    1. If Paul McCartney wasn't switched in 1968 AS YOU CLAIM, then how do you explain him turning water into wine? .... no, wait! That's my argument against the existence of Jesus Christ.

      Sorry... carry on. :-)

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  4. Regarding Paul's height disparity as "evidence": At age 27 I grew 2 inches. An odd hereditary thing, it happened to my dad at the same age.

    1. I think it was more about the FACT that 'Paul's' skull grew longer and his eyes weren't where they should have been! Simple measurements confirm this!

  5. They all wore those boots adding a couple of inches.No way Ringo was 5'8" maybe 5'6".Paul maybe 5'10 and the rest 5'9 perhaps.