Biography

Sir James Paul McCartney, (born 18 June 1942), is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and later formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre" is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, landmines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children.

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Paul McCartney to re-release Wings albums 'Venus and Mars' and 'At The Speed of Sound'

Paul McCartney to re-release Wings albums 'Venus and Mars' and 'At The Speed of Sound'

The remastered records will come out on September 22

  • Jul 28, 2014

Paul McCartney: 'I'll retire when I feel like it'

The former Beatle says he will step out of the limelight eventually but 'not today'

  • Jul 18, 2014

Paul McCartney re-releases Wings and solo albums as apps

The app versions of 'Band on the Run', 'McCartney', 'McCartney II', 'RAM' and 'Wings Over America' cost £5.49

  • Jul 16, 2014

Paul McCartney helps couple propose at New York gig – watch

The Beatles legend brought the couple onstage at his first gig back on tour since falling ill

  • Jul 8, 2014

Johnny Depp guest stars in Paul McCartney's 'Early Days' video

Patti Smith visited set during filming

  • Jul 7, 2014

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Silly Love Songs

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Band on the Run

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Paul McCartney - 'New'

Paul McCartney - 'New'

With producers Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Giles Martin, Macca delivers his most enjoyable album in years

  • Oct 14, 2013

Paul McCartney - 'Kisses On The Bottom'

One for the over 50's perhaps

  • Feb 3, 2012

Paul McCartney

Memory Almost Full

  • Jun 13, 2007

Paul McCartney: Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard

Comprehensively dwarfs everything he ever did with The Beatles. Only joking

  • Sep 19, 2005

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