"I look pretty tall but my heels are high."
~ The Who, from "Substitute"
One of the differences between Paul McCartney and Faul that stands out is the difference in height. Paul's "official" height was 5'11":
The Celebrity Heights website lists his height as 5 ft 10 in (178 cm), with a "peak height" of 5 ft 11 in (180 cm). The other Beatles' heights are also given:
John Lennon's height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
George Harrison's height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Ringo Starr's height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm), although "there seems to be no reliable figure on Ringo's height." [from Celebrity Heights]
If one compares the heights of the Beatles over the course of their history, one will notice that the relative heights seem to fluctuate. In the beginning, the heights were more even. In the latter years, a great discrepancy between Paul's and Ringo's height becomes apparent. If images do not show in the blogger window, simply click on them to see them full size.
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Muhammad Ali's height was 6 ft 2.5 in (189 cm) [source: Celebrity Heights]
The wax figures of the Beatles made by Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum show the lads' heights. Paul is a bit taller than Ringo, but there does not seem to be a great height disparity. Madame Tussaud's figures are "based on hundreds of precise measurements... [M]ore than 250 precise measurements of the body... with calipers and cloth tape measures." [source: The Unique Art of Wax Figure Making]
At some point, something curious happened. The heights became very uneven. This is most obvious between Paul and Ringo.
There is even a discrepancy in height when compared to John:
Paul was a little bit taller than his father, but Faul is a great deal taller:
Faul's height seems to vary when compared to his divorce attorney, Fiona Shackleton.
HIs height also seems to vary when compared to Nancy Shevell:
What is going on here? Faul may be nearly six feet tall, but the real
Using Ringo's 20 inch diameter bass drum, Anonymous calculated Paul's height to be approximately 5'7" to 5'8".
After Paul was eliminated, the carefully controlled media distribution concealed the height difference from the public. Faul is most often shown playing piano, sitting down, or with his feet or lower legs obscured, unless there is no instrument in hand. Faul also switched to using an Epiphone, which is about 4 inches bigger, making the size ratio seem consistent.
Anonymous found this full length 1989 image in which Sir Paul is playing a Wal 5 string. Using its 34-inch scale, he calculated Faul to be over 5 ft 10, "making him huge beside the real Paul."
Anonymous also used the length of Faul's English Horn (Cor Anglais), which he is seen holding on the Sgt. Pepper album (1967). Anonymous used its length (31.14 inches) to calculate the heights.
In this picture, Faul appears to be about the same size as Brad Pitt, who is 5'11":
In addition to using instruments to calculate the heights, Anonymous matched up the shin bones. Using this method, he revealed again that Faul is taller than Paul was. Anonymous has added some of his own comments to these images.
Here is the absolutely corrupt LIFE photo manipulation, the obvious obliteration of truth.
These pix were either posed with a really huge Hofner, or someone has been tweaking reality, The revisionist reality of Big Paul converted to Little Paul, even smaller than the original.
Stinks of some cover-up beyond ego.
LIFE has done some twisting before, as in the Re-born Macca of 1966.
These guitars are all calibrated to be equal in bulk & size on this panel. Paul is not 5ft 3 inches.
Special thanks to "Anonymous" for his research and images.
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