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Add Ukulele to instruments[edit]

Paul McCartney has been playing ukulele regularly at many concerts for the last 20 years. He even did a music video featuring the ukulele. He has been quoted as saying, "To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em." The Ukulele Dude - Aggie80 (talk) 14:16, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's a novelty, like a kazoo. Not a serious band instrument. WWGB (talk) 14:35, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think Jake Shimabukuro might take exception to that assessment. Rich (talk) 08:14, 15 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Indeed. He has also played trumpet on a handful of recordings, such as "Only a Northern Song", but that is not going to be added to the infobox either. Tkbrett (✉) 16:38, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To add on to that, the only ukelele song I can think of at the top of my head is "Ram On", so it doesn't strike as significant enough. Plus, ukulele's are just smaller guitars. – zmbro (talk) (cont) 19:58, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ukuleles have only four strings, and standard ukulele tuning is substantially different than standard guitar tuning. Rich (talk) 08:15, 15 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'll throw in my two cents. We don't need to add any more instruments, but if there were an additional instrument it would be drums. He played drums on Back in the U.S.S.R., Dear Prudence, Martha My Dear, The Ballad of John and Yoko, and every song on McCartney (album). Sundayclose (talk) 20:12, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not to mention all live drums on McCartney II and McCartney III, and even Foo Fighters' "Sunday Rain" (2017). – zmbro (talk) (cont) 15:57, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I agree with @Sundayclose and @Zmbro. McCartney has drummed on multiple #1 hits, has done all or almost all of the drumming on eight of his albums while contributing heavily as a drummer to another seven, and has drummed on records by other artists including Foo Fighters and Charlotte Gainsbourg. For what it's worth, artists who are fairly comparable in their approach to multi-instrumentalism such as Prince and Todd Rundgren have drums listed in their infoboxes. I can't think of a reason that McCartney wouldn't be entitled to the same. McCartney75 (talk) 14:18, 13 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@McCartney75: Actually you don't entirely agree with me. I never said drums should be listed in the infobox as one of his instruments. In fact, I said the opposite. The infobox by necessity is very brief. We can't list every instrument, so we list the ones for which an artist is most noted. I don't think he is as noted for drums as he is the other instruments listed. Sundayclose (talk) 14:26, 13 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Sundayclose You'll note I also didn't say drums should be listed. I merely pointed out that, in similar cases, it's been done. I didn't take a position as to the listing either way. McCartney75 (talk) 14:39, 13 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@McCartney75: I guess I misunderstood your statement "... Prince and Todd Rundgren have drums listed in their infoboxes. I can't think of a reason that McCartney wouldn't be entitled to the same" to mean that McCartney is entitled to list drums just as drums are listed in the Prince and Rundgren infoboxes. Sundayclose (talk) 21:04, 13 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The person who taught McCartney to play the ukulele was the grandmother of comedian Emily Atack: [1], [2]. True story! (talk) 16:02, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Add Beatrice to children[edit]

Add Beatrice Milly McCartney to children of Paul McCartney AcadiaMe (talk) 03:17, 23 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, the template guidelines make clear that we only list names of independently notable children. WWGB (talk) 03:24, 23 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

weed usage[edit]

I've seen videos of him smoking joints at parties dated the current year. What is the best way to cite this to update the drug usage section? (talk) 00:41, 5 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Paul's work on Destiny The Game's soundtrack is not listed[edit]

Please fix (talk) 20:16, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]