Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, billionaire record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist, co-songwriter, and bassist for the Beatles. His partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in music history. After the Beatles, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda McCartney.

Timeline of Career Highlights

1942 Born in Liverpool, England.

1957 Met John Lennon and joined his band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into The Beatles.

1960 The Beatles are formed.

1964 Beatlemania peaks; the Beatles appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

1967 Release of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

1970 The Beatles disband; McCartney releases his first solo album, "McCartney."

1971 Forms Wings; releases "Ram."

1973 Wings release "Band on the Run," which becomes one of their most successful albums.

1977 Wings' biggest hit in Britain was “Mull of Kintyre” and is one of the bestselling singles of all time in the United Kingdom, where it became the 1977 Christmas number one and was the first single to sell over two million copies nationwide

1980 John Lennon is murdered; McCartney is deeply affected.

1997 Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

2000s Continues to release solo albums and tours globally.

2018 Releases "Egypt Station," which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

2022 headlines Glastonbury - video below

Albums and Discography

The Beatles

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Solo Albums

  1. McCartney (1970)
  2. Ram (1971)
  3. Band on the Run (1973)
  4. Venus and Mars (1975)
  5. Tug of War (1982)
  6. Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
  7. Flaming Pie (1997)
  8. Memory Almost Full (2007)
  9. New (2013)
  10. Egypt Station (2018)

Grammy Awards

1967 Album of the Year for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (with The Beatles).

1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for "Band on the Run."

2013 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album for "Band on the Run" (Archive Collection).

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award (The Beatles).

Famous Songs or Compositions

With The Beatles;

"Yesterday"

"Hey Jude"

"Let It Be"

"Eleanor Rigby"

"Blackbird"

Solo Career

"Maybe I'm Amazed"

"Live and Let Die"

"Band on the Run"

"Jet"

"My Love"

Collaborations and Cover Versions

Collaborated with Stevie Wonder ("Ebony and Ivory"), Michael Jackson ("The Girl Is Mine," "Say Say Say"), Kanye West ("Only One," "FourFiveSeconds"). Dave Grohl

Covered by Artists such as Joe Cocker, and Guns N' Roses.

"Yesterday" Covers Performed by numerous artists, including Ray Charles, and Marvin Gaye.

Quotes

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.

Gossip and Trivia

Lennon-McCartney Rivalry Despite their close partnership, there were tensions and rivalries, especially towards the end of the Beatles.

Heather Mills McCartney's second marriage to Heather Mills ended in a highly publicized divorce.

Vegetarianism An outspoken advocate for animal rights and vegetarianism, largely influenced by his late wife, Linda.

Paul is Dead Hoax A conspiracy theory that McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.

Legacy

Paul McCartney's contributions to music as a member of the Beatles, as a solo artist, and with Wings, along with his ongoing influence and activism, solidify his status as one of the most significant figures in music history. His melodies, lyrical content, and innovative approaches continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.

Paul McCartney Albums

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