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.

  6. I would say Ringo was 5'6 or maybe a tad over it. 5'8 in the Beatle boots probably. Paul, John, and George were probably all around 5'10. Not 5'11. Considering the pictures of Paul with Tom Jones I would say he was no more than 5'10. I think John might have been a tad taller than George, but not taller than Paul. Paul also had and still has very good posture while John and George would tend to slouch a bit making Paul look taller. Paul could have been the tallest, but I'd say only marginally. On the Rooftop Concert Paul looks taller than John, but John had sneakers on while Paul had heeled shoes. Paul is closer to 5'9 nowadays I imagine, but I'm not even sure if Ringo shrunk yet. Well I know one thing for sure. Other than Ringo the other 3 Beatles were definitely not short. The whole band was dwarfed by Muhammad Ali who of course was a big guy.

    1. SON, you make good points. I'll just add that when I first got into the Beatles in 1970s, books I bought about them stated 5'11 for the three and 5'8 for Ringo. Back then, I'm not sure they had much to gain by exaggerating their heights. I also remember a movie (Wings Over America - maybe?) and one of the guys building a stage said :You're a lot taller than I thought you'd be'. To which McCartney jokingly said "I'm huuuuugh!"As he walked away holding up a peace sign.

  7. Hi
    I met Paul a few years back and he only seemed marginally taller than me and Im only 5.8. Max height he ever was would have been 5.10 and taller with the heals .He was the tallest with George and John an inch shorter at around 5.9 with Ringo at 5.6 or 5.7.


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