Today’s artist is a Vegan, A Knight and the composer of 32 #1 songs. So he’s kind of a big deal. This Christmas song of his however, wasn’t considered a hit, in fact it only made it to #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and that wasn’t until the Christmas of 2018- THIRTY EIGHT years after its release. One critic said "Love it or hate it, few songs within his catalog have provoked such strong reactions.”
With royalties from cover versions, it was estimated in 2010 that this former Wings frontman makes $400,000 a year from this song, which puts its cumulative earnings at over $15 million.
One of the world’s most famous singers, he flunked his choir boy auditions—not once, but twice. He claims that he deliberately tried to fail one of the auditions, because he didn't want to be a choir boy. He was made an honorary detective by the NYPD after giving a charity concert for 9/11., an event he witnessed first hand that day while he was flying over NYC at the time.
Today’s song was considered one of this songwriter’s most mediocre efforts. Dont’ tell that to Diana Ross, Kylie Minogue, Demi Lovato, Lady A and Chicago who’ve all recorded versions of it.
Known as a singer & songwriter, he is also an excellent drummer and an accomplished artist. In the past two decades, he has had over 70 of his paintings exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in his hometown of Liverpool.
In 1989, he played a solo concert to a crowd of 350,000-plus in Brazil, which is believed to be the largest paid audience in recorded history.
We are of course speaking of Sir Paul McCartney. And Wonderful Christmas Time.