McCartney names Lennon as his hero

Paul McCartney has named John Lennon as his ultimate hero in a survey to mark the 100th edition of music magazine Mojo.

Paul McCartney has named John Lennon as his ultimate hero in a survey to mark the 100th edition of music magazine Mojo.

The ex-Beatle says he could equally have chosen former band mates the late George Harrison or Ringo Starr.

Most of the music stars interviewed for the magazine chose a fellow musician, with Jimi Hendrix mentioned most often.

Sir Paul said: "I've got a few heroes, but if I really have to plump for one, well howsabouts .... John? But I have to add the reservation that it could also be the other Beatles - or Elvis. Or Little Richard. Or Nat King Cole."

Paul Weller chose soccer star George Best, saying: "In the way that The Beatles changed music, George Best blew football apart as well. He was the first pop star in that world."

Noel Gallagher chose a number of heroes including Neil Young, Diego Maradona and John Lennon: "People will be surprised I didn't say The Beatles. Paul McCartney is a musical hero - but Paul McCartney is just not my kind of pop star. Lennon is.

Noel's brother Liam also opted for Lennon, after whom he named one of his sons: "It's his voice I most admire".

Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker chose groundbreaking DJ John Peel, who championed his band in their early days.

"How different would the British music scene be if he hadn't existed for the last 30 years?" he asked.

The Clash's Joe Strummer chose Bo Diddley - and, immodestly, so did Diddley himself.

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