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James Paul McCartney, was born June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital where his
mother had worked as a nurse. Walton Hospital is in the northern part of
Liverpool not far from Paul's teen-age home at 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool.
McCartney first rose to fame as the bassist, pianist, guitarist, singer and
songwriter for The Beatles.
He wrote many songs with John Lennon, though (excepting some of their early
songs) they rarely wrote a song together; rather, one of them would write
most of it and the other would finish it or make a few key changes; their
partnership was more a competition than a collaboration. Nonetheless, due to
an early agreement between the two, all Beatles songs written by either of
them are credited to both. On Beatles records, the credit was
"Lennon-McCartney", on his own records it was "Paul McCartney and John
One of McCartney's greatest songs, covered by a record number of artists, is
the poignant ballad "Yesterday." McCartney conceived the melody in a dream,
(coupled with the lyric "Scrambled Eggs / Oh my darling you've got lovely
legs") and was not sure for some time that it was original.
In the years of the Beatles' greatest popularity, Paul was generally
regarded as the best-looking and was the one who aroused most interest in
female audiences. Ironically, he was the last to marry, and the only one
never to divorce. Whilst involved in a long term relationship with actress
Jane Asher, McCartney met and fell in love with Linda Eastman, a
photojournalist; he and Jane split and Paul married Linda in 1969, while
still a member of the Beatles. They remained happily married until her death.
In the latter years of the Beatles' reign over pop-culture, McCartney wrote
several universal ballads such as "Hey Jude", "Let It Be", and "The Long and
After the Beatles broke up, Paul immediately began a solo career, literally
driving around Britain in a van, looking for somewhere to perform with his
makeshift new band. That band developed into Wings and produced a number of
notable singles, including "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Band on the Run," "Uncle
Albert," "Live and Let Die," and "Listen To What The Man Said"; he insisted
that Linda be in his band, in spite of her insistence that she was not
talented enough, so they did not have to be apart while he toured. After
hearing Linda sing, many of Paul's fans seconded her opinion. Linda later
became a valuable member of the band and an inspiring musician throughout
the remainder of her life.
Paul and his wife became outspoken vegetarians and animal-rights activists
after owning cattle and watching them outside the window as they cooked and
ate meat; in 1991, Linda introduced her own line of vegetarian meals to the
In 1995, Paul, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr released the first of the
Beatles' Anthology albums, consisting of alternate takes and live recordings
of Beatles songs; volumes two and three were released the next year. This
was the first album of new material released since their last album Let It
Be in 1970. The Anthology certainly came as a surprise when it was released
fifteen years after the death of former band mate, John Lennon.
On March 11, 1997, Paul, suddenly Sir Paul McCartney, was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and in 1999 was inducted into The Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist (he was inducted with the rest of the
Beatles in 1988).
After Linda's death in 1998, Paul pledged to continue her line of food and
keep it free from GMOs. Paul continues to release albums (Run Devil Run,
Wingspan, Driving Rain), as well as campaign for the groups Greenpeace and
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, among others. Paul and Linda
had three children - one, Stella McCartney, is an award winning fashion
designer and animal rights activist.
He married Heather Mills, a former model and anti-landmines campaigner, in
June 2002 in a highly elaborate ceremony at a castle in rural Ireland. Under
her influence, he has campaigned against landmines himself, and donated
substantial sums to the cause. In early 2003, for example, he held a
personal concert for the wife of banker Ralph Whitworth and donated one
million dollars to Adopt-a-Landmine.
Paul McCartney continues to tour throughout the United States and the rest
of the world. McCartney says he hopes to keep playing even after he is 64.
Achievements & World Records
* appears in the Guinness Book of Records several times. Once for
"Yesterday" which is listed as the most covered song in history with
over 3000 versions existing. Once, for being the most successful
popular-music composer and recording artist ever with sales of 100
million singles and 60 gold disks. A third time for having the largest
stadium audience in history when 184,000 paid to see him perform at
Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on April 1990. The fourth time is
for having the fastest ticket sales in history, which took place in
1993 when 20,000 tickets for 2 shows in Sydney, Australia sold out in
* "Yesterday" was confirmed as world's most popular song with 6,000,000
airplays in the USA.
* received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Sussex.
* the first rock musician ever to receive Chile's Order of Merit for
"services to music, peace, and human understanding".
* first recipient of the Swedish Polar Music Award ("Nobel prize for