Today is not just Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday – it’s also the 200th anniversary of The War of 1812.
200 years ago on June 18, 1812, the young upstart United States declared war on Great Britain – then the preeminent world power.
130 years later, on June 18, 1942, Paul McCartney was born.
McCartney’s British Invasion was far more peaceful and harmonious than the British invasion during the War of 1812: the one in which the invaders burned Washington DC and the White House — necessitating Dolly Madison’s legendary heroics in saving the portrait of George Washington.
Which only makes me long for a McCartney cover of that great Johnny Horton tune.
I’ll just have to settle for this cover by another musical artist from Great Britain, Lonnie Donnegan – the King of Skiffle: an early influence on Paul and his Beatles band mates.