Ex-BEATLE Sir Paul McCartney is secretly helping an unknown band from his native Liverpool to pop success after being blown away by one of their live shows.

The 61-year-old musician has donated a "six-figure sum" to three-piece CRACATILLA - who have now signed to new label INDUSTRY OF COOL - to aid their development.

Industry Of Cool's managing director GARY WILKINSON explains, "Macca's involvement with Cracatilla has been hush, hush. He first saw them play at the end of last year (02) and Sir Paul says they played some of the best music he has heard in 20 years.

"He has been very supportive of them and seen them play at lots of small gigs.

"He is helping the band develop. He sees them as his baby. They are a bit like CROSBY STILLS + NASH meets Santana."

07/11/2003 13:55