Paul McCartney --They still love him, yeah,
yeah, yeah! (Courtesy Apple Corps)
Back when Beatlemania boomed and the Beatles first invaded America in 1964, each member of the group had its very devoted female followers. John Lennon's fans generally liked him for his outgoing personality. George Harrison's fans liked his quiet charm. And Ringo Starr's fans ... they wanted to mother him.
But there was no doubt who most girls wanted in a heartbeat -- and then some. It was Paul. The press labeled him the Cute Beatle, but it was really The Sexy One. The girls called him "dreamy." And "gorgeous." And they used other words that I can't use here.
That was then. This is now. For many women who were first generation fans and grew up with the Beatles -- and even some who are younger -- those feelings still exist today. Even though he'll turn 67 in 2009 (take "When I'm 64" and add three.), for these fans, Paul is still the same as he ever was. Sexy as hell.
Remember the answer Paul gave in that webchat when he was asked whether he wore boxers or briefs? .
So we asked some devoted McCartney fans to give us their feelings about Paul McCartney now.
"Well there is so much we women can say. For starters, Paul comes across as very natural. He doesn't appear to try too be a fashion setter. He dresses as he always has which to me is sexy. He also comes across as a very common guy. He doesn't display any airs in his behavior, thoughts or speech that to me would be a turn off.
"To me, he is the sort of guy you could sit down and have a beer and laugh with. He also loves children, which to me is a very attractive quality in a guy. I also love the sound of his voice whether he is singing or just speaking. He has also been a very physically attractive guy, very sexy brown eyes, a lean physique, and some really attention-getting facial expressions. He is also appealing because of his energy level for a guy his age. He probably enjoys down time, but he doesn't seem to lose interest in doing things...very, very attractive. I don't think he would win the couch potato of the year award. He is just a very youthful man, and has always been that way, and very natural."
SR told us:
"What makes Paul still sexy after all these years? His youthful attitude towards life (even with all that he's been through lately), his graciousness with his fans, his philanthropic endeavors, his amazing work ethic with regards to his music, his delight in his children's accomplishments, his willingness to try to find happiness again with another woman, the fact that he wears tennis shoes with designer suits and still has had no plastic surgery. All this and I've always been a sucker for a musical genius!"
There was this comment from someone who asked to remain anonymous:
"I fell in love with Paul when The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan in 1964. Years later, I attributed it to the raging hormones of a 12 year old. What do I attribute still having the same feelings for the most handsome man in the world when I am now 57? Never been married, but been told more than once that the guy couldn't compete with Paul McCartney."
Hot as sun
"You have to understand, I fell in love with this man when I was 4. it has not left me. So, since he is 2 years younger than my mom... he has always been an older man. :) It is mojo, he has that. To me, sex appeal is not just a face, it is something that emanates from within you, which carries out of you and around you. Mainly, for me, it is Paul's eyes, smile, lust of life and his voice. To me, that is what makes a man sexy. Yes, he is still sexy."
Sheryl's comment concluded with this lyrical snippet from the McCartney song "The Lovers Who Never Were":
"For as long as the sun shines in somebody's eyes,
I believe in you baby, so don't tell me lies.
For as long as the trees throw down blossoms and leaves,
I know there will be a parade of unpainted dreams."
And Sue sent us this:
"Good timing just as the annual flock of pictures of Macca shirtless on a beach in January surfaces today. Actually I've seen him looking better (funny how he gets a bit porkier when he's busy squiring the ladies...), but really Paul's sexiness isn't just about body contours anymore (was it ever?).
"First it's that wonderful face...smooth skin, aqualine nose and those big syrupy brown eyes that just eat you alive. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, his soul is much more than rubber and I could be a peeping Tomasina looking in those windows all day. Then there's the hair. Still pretty full and wavy for a geezer, and he's added some pretty groovy sideburns in recent years. I like it when it curls up a little off the collar. OK the Vampira in me likes a bit of neck too. Right then...er,maybe there is a bit of body stuff to add in, but it has more to do with the way clothes hang on him than how he looks with his shirt off (maybe there is an age where that should stop?). He always looked best of the four in the Beatle suits back in the day, and that still holds true today.
"He has the perfect proportions for that: long, lanky legs, trim waist, squared off shoulders. He looks about as good in a bespoke suit as anyone I've seen. But he also does the battered jeans look well. Sartorial versatility is very sexy. Did I mention sweat? When he's playing a concert in a warm humid environment, as he did several times this past summer, he schvitzes like a garden hose. But I think I like the subtle pore-action the best. Y'know, the one little droplet snaking ever so slowly down his left cheek..."
"If the eyes are the windows to the soul, his soul is much more than rubber and I could be a peeping Tomasina looking in those windows all day. Ahhh, The Gaze........ man oh man, I'll never forget getting a zap of that! When he manages to lock eyes with you, he sends you to the 4th dimension, no kidding! It's like waves of whateveritis flowing through the two of you - like electricity! Nuh-uh, I did *not* imagine it ;).
"But above all that is his Whateveritis...that undefiniable stuff that makes
him the unique delicious creature he is. Exactly! There's only one in the world like him and the world is so much
better of for it."
McCartney's sex appeal isn't limited to first-generation fans. Here's a comment from Angela:
"Despite being old enough to be my father, and even perhaps my grandfather, there is still more than a glimmer of attractiveness and sex appeal to be found in Paul McCartney. As a 23 year old, I get a kick out of gushing over the same Paul "gutter gang" thoughts as those who were around to experience the Beatles and/or Wings days firsthand.
Sure, no one can deny that Paul is showing his age, but boy...does he show it well. His body is pretty well toned for someone his age, and the wrinkles that appear on his face only seem to compliment one of his best features: his eyes! I've learned firsthand that one wink from those famous eyes can still make you swoon! They seem to harbor some sort of compassion and intensity that renders you powerless when you become the object of "that" glance.
"Another part of my continuing attraction to Paul is his energetic stage presence. Here - hopping around stage, cracking jokes, maybe even flirting a bit with the lucky few in the first row - it becomes difficult to remember that Paul is in his sixties! Paul seems to really come alive on stage, and in drawing energy from the fans he only becomes more irresistible.
"Perhaps the most sexually attractive thing about Paul, at least for me, is just considering the "whole package." How can you not be attracted to a man who also promotes several good causes? His good will and charm only enhance his appeal! Paul is someone I can admire for both his personal and professional achievements as well as his looks and
personality, and that makes him a true object of affection."
"Paul simply exudes sexiness! That look, that wink, that boyish grin makes him scrumptdeliumptous to this day! Not to mention how his hands move over the guitar or piano keys, oh baby! His voice is pure "magic", and makes you glad all over, a "call of the wild" if you will! Complete chemistry *is* James Paul McCartney!"
"I was 13 years old when I fell in love with Paul. For all of the reasons that everyone has already mentioned.............his funny smile, his quick wit, his great body movements when he is playing guitar are so sensuous, he is definitely the sexiest man alive and I am amazed that he's never been on the cover of people magazine as such! But what really drives me wild about Paul are his voice and lyrics................whether it was his anger in "looking through you," or his pure love in "maybe I'm amazed" to the sadness of the "long & winding road" and I am not referring to the Specter version........but to the pure Paul * piano version........brings tears to my eyes every time. He is a renaissance man to me, talented in so many areas and strong and vulnerable as well. To this day, he has that underlying vulnerability that is so attractive."
"Keep Paul off the polar ice caps...we got enough problems with global warming as it is. Wheeeew...."
"The magic of the man never ceases to amaze."
Frances summed it all up neatly:
"The reason I believe Paul McCartney is still sexy...he is a romantic at heart and love is what it is all about."
I guess the best ending to this is with this YouTube fan tribute. Sir Paul McCartney. Still sexy after all these years.
(Thanks very much to the ladies who allowed their comments to be used here.)
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