Saturday, 30 July 2016

Who was the tallest Beatle? Why does this matter?

The official record has Lennon, McCartney and Harrison as the same height: 5'11". Ringo Starr is 5'8". But the height question is surprisingly controversial and many feel 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 for the apparent height discrepancy?

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 said: 
‘The thing is, 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! But you know what? All in all…’


  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.

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