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Paul McCartney: Heyday of The Cute One

The occasion? They say it's his birthday...

With his big, expressive eyes and lovely compositions that leaned toward the sweeter side of the Beatles' catalog, it's easy to get why Paul McCartney, among his mop-topped mates, was pegged early on as "the cute one." And though he reportedly didn't love that label, he never did shy away from those sillier aspects of his personality guaranteed to raise a smile. Here, in honor of his 76th birthday (June 18), a nostalgic look back at Paul at peak adorable. (Pictured above: pulling faces on his 22nd birthday during a tour in Sydney, 1964.)

TO L WITH IT Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images TO L WITH IT Playing the third letter during the 1965 shoot for "Help!" HE'S LEAVING HOME Mirrorpix/Getty Images HE'S LEAVING HOME Window seat, 1964.

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HAPPINESS IS A WARM... Bettmann/Bettmann Archive HAPPINESS IS A WARM... Getting trigger-happy with a blowdryer during the filming of "A Hard Day's Night," 1964. IN PRIME NOOGIE POSITION Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images IN PRIME NOOGIE POSITION Attending his little brother Mike's wedding in June 1968, with then-girlfriend Jane Asher. DRAMATIC, MUCH? Tony Evans/Timelapse Library Ltd./Getty Images DRAMATIC, MUCH? Recording the instrumental composition "Thingumybob" in 1968. SLEEP, PRETTY DARLING John Pratt/Getty Images SLEEP, PRETTY DARLING Cast into a bust by enamored sculptor Liz Moore, 1966. ONLY WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT TO BE FREE Robert Whitaker/Getty Images ONLY WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT TO BE FREE Behind the bars of a birdcage, for some odd reason, in 1966. PHOTO BOMB! Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns PHOTO BOMB! Interrupting a moment between George Harrison (aka "the Quiet One") and his fans, 1963. JEEPERS, PEEPERS Robert Whitaker/Getty Images JEEPERS, PEEPERS Wide-eyed in 1966. A FOUR OF FISH Robert Whitaker/Getty Images A FOUR OF FISH Chowing down on fish and chips, 1965. IN HIS POCKET IS A PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty Images IN HIS POCKET IS A PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN With an actor in London during the "Help!" album-cover shoot, 1965. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DANCE... Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DANCE... Taking his Aunt Joan for a spin in London, 1964. ...TAKE A CHA-CHA-CHA-CHANCE Manchester Daily Express/SSPL via Getty Images ...TAKE A CHA-CHA-CHA-CHANCE And with Chita Rivera the same year. MARTHA, MY DEAR Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns MARTHA, MY DEAR With his Old English sheepdog Martha, 1967. HOLD ME, LOVE ME David Redfern/Redferns HOLD ME, LOVE ME Tuning up, 1964. HOLD YOUR HEAD UP, YOU SILLY GIRL John Hoppy Hopkins/Redferns HOLD YOUR HEAD UP, YOU SILLY GIRL Getting grabbed by a fan outside a taping of "Jukebox Jury," 1964. DON'T MAKE IT BAD CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images DON'T MAKE IT BAD First up for a haircut before "The Ed Sullivan Show," 1964. FOUND MY COAT AND GRABBED MY HAT Fiona Adams/Redferns FOUND MY COAT AND GRABBED MY HAT At the window, circa 1963.
Paul Mccartney And His Wax Statue At Tussauds Museum At London In England During Sixties
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Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images TWIST AND SHOUT Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images TWIST AND SHOUT Performing in 1963. SOMEONE TO PERFORM WITH Keystone/Getty Images SOMEONE TO PERFORM WITH With John Lennon for a scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 1964. TWO OF US Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images TWO OF US Paul fans in 1963, after vowing to never wash off his autograph. HE READ THE NEWS TODAY United Artists/Getty Images HE READ THE NEWS TODAY In a fake mustache and beard in a still from "A Hard Day's Night," 1964.
McCartney At Launch
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John Downing/Getty Images Bob Gomel/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images THE WALRUS WAS PAUL Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images THE WALRUS WAS PAUL Underneath a giant fur-lined parka, 1964. YOU SAY YES... Terry O'Neill/Getty Images YOU SAY YES... During rehearsals for a TV show, 1964. BEEP BEEP, YEAH! Mirrorpix/Getty Images BEEP BEEP, YEAH! Playing with toy cars in 1963.

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