Paul McCartney celebrated his 70th birthday in private Monday, but showing no sign of slowing down as his music is passed down to generations too young to have seen him in Wings, much less the Beatles. Once a pot-smoking counterculture rebel, Sir Paul is very much part of the British establishment now, closing Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee concert earlier this month with a mix of favorites that included a raucous version of “All My Loving,” one of the Beatles’ first smash hits. It’s been a strong year for McCartney, who in October took his third wife, dark-haired American heiress Nancy Shevell, closing the book on his failed union and messy divorce from second wife Heather Mills. His first wife, Linda, died of breast cancer in 1998. McCartney has appeared relaxed and almost jovial in recent months as he eases into his role as one of rock’s eminent elder statesmen, a position he shares with Bob Dylan, 71, and Mick Jagger, 68. John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono tweeted birthday wishes to McCartney on Monday, and Paul Weller made a one-day only digital release of the Beatles’ song “Birthday” as a tribute, with proceeds going to charity. … The director of the CIA, two musicians and a former Buffalo Bills quarterback are among the people being honored with a national prize for public service that was co-founded 40 years ago by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Recipients of the 2012 Jefferson Awards will accept their honors Tuesday in Washington during a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and at an evening celebration at Constitution Hall. Among the recipients are retired four-star Army general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus, who led U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and became head of the CIA in 2011, accepting the award for greatest public service by an elected or appointed official, and jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and singer-actor Harry Connick Jr. for their efforts to rebuild New Orleans after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.
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