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Did the Beatles have more than four members? The dogs who played a role in Sir Paul McCartney’s chart-topping songs

Family dogs inspired Paul McCartney’s music

Paul McAuley

Posted 41d ago

We have a lot to thank dogs for - countless memes, endless cuddles, and a friend for life.

But now we have them to thank for some of the country’s most loved songs including some of Paul McCartney’s chart-topping hits.

Paul has spoken about the family dogs who inspired some of his music.

There has been much debate over what inspired the animal activity to write Jet by Paul and the Wings.

The rock band released the song in their third studio album in 1973, leaving fans to speculate whether it’s about a pony once owned by Paul or about the first time he met Linda’s father.

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However, the song is reportedly about Paul’s beloved dog, Jet.

Explaining how Jet became a part of his life, Paul told Beatles Magazine UK: "We've got a Labrador puppy who is a runt, the runt of a litter.

"We bought her along a roadside in a little pet shop, out in the country one day.

"She was a bit of a wild dog, a wild girl who wouldn't stay in.

"We have a big wall around our house in London, and she wouldn't stay in, she always used to jump the wall. She'd go out on the town for the evening, like Lady and the Tramp.

"She must have met up with some big black Labrador or something. She came back one day pregnant.

"She proceeded to walk into the garage and have this litter. Seven little black puppies, perfect little black Labradors, and she's not black, she's tan. So we worked out it must have been a black Labrador.

"What we do is if either of the dogs we have has a litter, we try to keep them for the puppy stage, so we get the best bit of them, and then when they get a bit unmanageable we ask people if they want to have a puppy. So Jet was one of the puppies."

Paul has explained how they named all the puppies, including Golden Molasses and Brown Megs.

A family picture shared to Instagram. @Paulmccartney

The song peaked at number seven on both the British and American charts in March 1974 and also charted in multiple countries in Europe.

It has since been released on numerous compilation albums, and has since become one of the band's best-known tracks.

Before Jet, the former Beatle had another beloved pooch named Martha.

It is believed that she was born in High Wycombe and was bought by Paul after he had just moved into a house in London with his then girlfriend Jane Asher.

The Old English sheepdog was Paul's first pet and appeared in various photoshoots and videos - a couple of years later, a piano-led ditty titled 'Martha My Dear' appeared on The Beatles White Album.

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As quoted by the Beatles Bible, Paul fondly spoke of Martha and once explained: "She was a dear pet of mine. I remember John being amazed to see me being so loving to an animal.

"He said, 'I've never seen you like that before.' I've since thought, you know, he wouldn't have.

"It's only when you're cuddling around with a dog that you're in that mode, and she was a very cuddly dog."

Rose the rescue dog. Instagram. @Paulmccartney

More recently, Sir Paul McCartney shared a photo of an unwanted animal he rescued to mark America’s Love Your Pet Day.

The 78-year-old posted a photo on Instagram of himself alongside his with wife Nancy Shevell, 61, and their new dog, Rose.

The couple, who have been married since 2011, captioned the photo: "It’s #LoveYourPetDay! Here are Paul and Nancy with their rescue dog, Rose. Photos taken from the McCartney III artwork."

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